seamstress advice and petite girls who ended up wearing a mermaid wedding dress?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

The dress looks amazing on you!  I’m also a petite bride (5’3″ and am a size 0/2 in regular clothes) and my dress is a heavier and more flared out mermaid than yours (my bottom is all tulle and top is satin/silk).  I know what you mean about the flare starting higher on your legs so it is proportionate to the rest of your body.  If you find a great seamstress who works with bridal/formal dresses often, she should be able to look at you and help you figure what the proportions should be.  For my dress, I bought the sample so it was almost 10 sizes too big on me (literally swimming in the dress).  My seamstress definitely had a LOT of alterations to do to make my dress fit my petite body frame.  One of the tips I can give you is, make sure your seamstress works on making sure your dress fits your body first before she does any type of hemming at the bottom.  The way my seamstress explained it to me was, when you make a dress that’s big on you more fitted, it will raise the bottom of the hemline so it’s best to get it fitted on your body first and once those alterations are complete, the final should be the bottom hem.

Also, my mermaid bottom flare begins around my mid-thigh vs. my knees.   But For your type of dress (without a lot of embellishments), I honestly think a lower bottom flare would look equally as good as a mid-leg flare, so it depends on how you want your mermaid silhouette to look.  There are a lot of Vera Wang dresses that emphasize more of the knee flare that are absolute gorgeous on short petite brides.  You have a lot more flexibility with your dress so definitely go with what you love!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Wow I like the fit and flare dress you posted.  But your actual wedding dress is absolutely stunnung on you.

I don’t have any good pictures of me in my dress and right now it’s still at alterations.  Here is a stock photo of the dress — it doesn’t show it very well but the bottom is actually a very poofy tulle.  Before any alterations were done, the bottom flare was at my knees since the dress was so big on me.  Now with each alteration appointment I have, the dress has slowly been moving “up” since my seamstress has been taking it in to fit my body frame.  At the moment, my bottom flare now starts at like an inch or so above my knees and I love how it looks.

When you meet with your seamstress, you should come to an agreement about where you would like your bottom flare to begin before she makes any changes to the dress.  If you like the higher up fit and flare, you should totally go for that because that shape looks good on you.  But if you decide on a lower flared bottom, that would look awesome on you too and give you more of an elongated “model-esque” look which would look great on your body shape.  

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think your dress looks gorgeous on you! I think my only concern about raising the flare would be the possibility of creating a weird seam across the dress? From where it was raised. I’m not a seamstress by any means so maybe it’s totally do able – but that’s just what I would be worried about! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Mrs.DK:  I love your original dress, and I actually love the lower flare because I think it shows off your figure a lot more. Very few women can pull that off.

I also like your wedding dress with the lower flare much more than the second dress you posted. To my eyes, the second dress takes away from your fabulous figure.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

Mrs.DK:  Oh I didn’t realize that you were on a pedestal–how silly of me, I even thought that it looked like you wouldn’t have to hem much! I agree with you, you’ll have to bring the flare up a little bit. Maybe the seamstress can do that by taking the seams out a little or finding a place to bring the skirt up. I would bring it to the best seamstress you can find and ask her what she thinks. I love the classic elegance of your dress–it’s such a beautiful contrast to the really beaded dresses I’ve seen. Definitely stands out in a good way and looks sophisticated.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I am actually making the move of switching my wedding dress before my wedding. It seems crazy, but I started to get frustrated with the time & expense of the alterations needed to the much-too-large mermaid dress I chose &, in the meantime, found an off the rack fit and flair dress that fit like a glove…and was very inexpensive. Much less than the alterations would have been on my original dress. So, if you absolutely have to get another dress…it can work out – even though it sounds crazy! It is weird having 2 wedding dresses in my closet, but I guess I will donate or sell the first one after my wedding.

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