Post # 1
Ok, I apologize in advance if these are really stupid questions. My dress needs to be hemmed. I am 5’8 but even with 2 1/2 inch heels, I am tripping over my dress. My question is: Would that mean my train would be shorter? I love the length of my train and I don’t want any part of it to be chopped off. Is that possible? Also, the seamstress told me they’re altering it to be more fitted like a mermaid…Would taking it in mean shortening the length of the train as well?
Post # 3
@WYAtocha: I’m sorry I know nothing about this but I just wanted to tell you how gorgeous this dress is!
Post # 4
@WYAtocha: I think that when hemming the dress they will have to hem the train or it would look odd… I can’t see how they could do it without touching the train, but it will stay in proportion to the rest of the dress and depending on how much it needs taken up shouldn’t alter in length too much…….. also did you ask them to alter it to be more fitted or are they doing that of their own decision? If not, if it s not what you want you should tell them… p.s STUNNING dress!!!
Post # 5
@WYAtocha: Nope. Not stupid questions at all. 🙂 Your seamstress will hem the front without touching the train, if that’s what you want (make sure she knows this). This thread is also very helpful about hemming a scalloped lace dress (particularly posts #20 and #21).
As for the more fitted look, the train will get “shortened” in the process (since the fabric is being brought in closer to your body from all sides. Even if the mermaid fit is accomplished by taking the dress in at the side seams, the train will still be shortened. Honestly, though, it really should be a negligible amount since the dress is already somewhat fitted.
I would voice your train concerns to your seamstress upfront so that they can make the most of your alterations with the least amount of shortening to your train. And I completely understand your concerns–your train [and dress] are beautiful!
Post # 6
@FutureMrsPitch: You’re too sweet. 🙂 Thank you.
@Ej88: Thank you! Well, when I tried on the sample, they had clamped me in and made it into a mermaid (like the Enzoani Dakota) and that was what made me fall in love with it. But when the dress came in, it was more of a slim A-line/trumpet and I was a little disappointed. The selling point for me was the allover lace AND the fitted look, so when they saw how i didn’t like that it was not as fitted, they said they could alter it by taking it in underneath my butt, which sounds great, but then I realized maybe that would shorten the train, which stinks since I love, love, love the train.
@MlleFabuleux: Thank you soooo, sooo, sooo much! For the information AND the compliment. I just really want it more fitted since that was the look I thought I was going to get when I tried on the sample, but it came in as more of a trumpet/slim A-line. I will most definitely let the lady know about not wanting to shorten my train too much. Thanks sooo much again! 🙂
Post # 7
My mom and I hemmed my dress and we kept the train at the same length. It looks kinda funny if it’s laying flat on the sewing table but when I put it on it looks great.
Post # 8
@Purple_Possum: That’s great to know! Thank you for giving me a peace of mind. 🙂