Post # 1
Hello, I’m new to weddingbee and I’m not yet engaged. We had decided on a Tacori setting and have to wait the 4 weeks. 3 weeks down! So we expect the ring in about a week and until then we have no official proposal!
But have been already working to plan our wedding in August of this year. We both didn’t want a long engagement and so we decided to make it an August wedding for this year. So I’ve got 5 months!
I found my dress!!! It’s the Pronovias Gaudi dress. I haven’t posted it or shown anyone and created this account to make sure that no one can find it.
BUT I need some alterations advice. Because my wedding is in 5 months, I can’t order a new dress but the store is going to sell me the sample and alter it from a size 10 to a 2/4.
I’ve already decided to turn the asymetrical strap into a sweetheart neckline
But this is where I need your help… I’m only 5’4 and so I need the dress to be shortened. I’m wondering whether or not I should hem it from the top or hem it from the bottom? What do you ladies think? I want to make sure it falls on a good location that won’t make me seem wider than I am. I’m actually not too attached to the whole mermaid look that the stock photograph highlights, I just want it to look it’s best!
So is this good a spot and hem from bottom? or would it look better slightly higher? The seamstress anticipates about 3 inches having to be hemmed.
Here is the picture I took of it pulled back by the seamstress at the store:
Here is the stock photo:
Thank you for looking! I can’t wait to become more active on this weddingbee board as I go further into my wedding planning!
Post # 3
I’m not voting since I have the same question about my mermaid dress!! I’m 5’1″ and will be almost 5’5″ with my shoes. One salon told me they hem that style at the seam and bring it up and another told me they just hem regular at the bottom, but I haven’t actually had an appointment with the alterations department yet, so not sure what they’ll have to say about it!
My dress is also similar in that it has that crossover of fabric as it gets towards the bottom of the skirt…seems like that would be hard to recreate if they hem from the bottom.
Post # 4
My best friend just bought a very similar dress this past weekend (also by pronovias – at first I thought your dress was the exact same one until I went back to my photo of her, but it’s pretty identical, the skirt is slightly different but the bodice is exactly the same). I was with her when she talked to the seamstress about how to alter it and she had the exact same question.
Are you standing on any sort of pedestal in your picture? The dress looks like it hits you properly in the photo, but if you are standing on a stool that changes things. Stool or no stool, I think it could be taken up a bit around from the hips, it does look low.
My friend is 5’10 so the dress fit her pretty perfectly, but even being so tall, it looked weird from behind… it looked good from the front, but from behind it sagged way lower than her but which was odd to us, so we decided to alter it from the bodice up and not touch the actual skirt part. My advice would be do to the same. I think if you alter it from the bottom it will make you look like you have a super long torso, and it will also give it much more of a mermaid look. I think sometimes the really mermaid dresses can look off on petite brides.
My advice is to hem it from the top and not touch the skirt. I don’t think it will make you look wider at all.
Anyway, hope that helped. You look great in the sample so I can only imagine how great you will look when it’s altered properly. Congrats!
PS. Is that picture from Novella Bridal?
ETA: Another reason I suggest altering from the top is because if you do it from the bottom, the layers will be different lengths/spaced unevenly.
Post # 5
That is a gorgeous dress and makes you look great! I’m a big Pronovias fan myself! I guess I also don’t have great advice b/c I’m only 5’1″ and am waiting to dress shop until April. I’m sure the alterations dept will have good advice, but I voted to hem the bottom b/c I like how the top is bias cut. Welcome to the Bee it is addicting esp when you looking for advice on a specific topic!
Post # 6
@SerenaSF: WOW! You are good! Yes it is Novella! Is that where your friend purchased her dress from? It was only the second store or so that I went into and just decided to stop looking! I’m not standing on a platform at all though, just wearing my heels that I’ll be wearing for the wedding. I think I’ll most likely ask that they alter it from the top to preserve the skirt. Hopefully the shape will be more “trumpet”-like because I think I prefer that shape to the mermaid. I’ll have to go upstairs for the wedding reception and don’t think I could do it as gracefully in a true mermaid dress. haha I just hope that the skirt still looks as good when we alter it down so many sizes. Thank you for the advice. I definitely thinking I’ll head that route and supposedly the seamstress says that it will be easier than from the bottom.
Post # 7
I vote to hem from the top because I don’t like how it’s assymetrical, even though its designed to be that way. I love that dress though, it’s stunning on you!!! Seriously!
Post # 8
@Aug2011Bride: haha, well, after trying on 60+ dresses and going to multiple salons all over the bay area, and then going shopping with my friend for a dress less than a month later, I’ve become quite familiar with bay area bridal salons! My friend did get her dress at Novella as well so I was just there. I think altering from the bottom of the bodice up is the way to go, and I think it will definitely help give it more of the fit and flare look vs. mermaid. I think it will look amazing up a couple inches higher on your thighs, and I agree with the grace factor…mermaids can be hard to walk in! Good luck with it, I’d love to see pictures once it’s all done.
Side note – I was a maid of honor in a wedding that was pulled together in less than 5 months, and it was awesome. The dress is one of the hardest parts and since you bought a sample you are already ahead of the game! 🙂
Post # 9
Wow, you look fantastic! It looks perfect already 🙂 I think also that hemming from the top is probably the best way. Looking forward to seeing the finished product though, you’re going to look stunning.
Oh and I love Pronovias dresses!!
Post # 10
Omg, that was one of the dresses I wanted! Love it! go with your gut, I don’t think it will look bad no matter where you get it hemmed. I personally would go with the bottom since I wouldn’t want to lose the exaggerated mermaid look. But who knows, once they start the sweatheart neckline you might not need to much hemmed anyway.
Post # 11
Thank you everyone! I’m so excited!
I actually went back to the store today to get measured and it turns out I’m a perfect size 2 for the measurements. So it’s actually cheaper for me to order a new one than to alter the sample size to my size. So new dress is on it’s way! Will be here in end of June, hopefully it will be on time! Starting to worry if it can be ready by the time August comes around for my wedding but I have faith and hopefully it turns out okay.
Also, I tried on a few dresses and started to question it after the purchase. Buyer’s remorse and guilt taht I just spent so much on a dress!
So here is another question:
Should I keep the strap? Or make it sweetheart?
How do you honestly think this looks? Or should I keep looking?
How should I do my hair for the dress?
Post # 12
I vote for a bottom hem for sure!
Post # 13
@Aug2011Bride: Hey I am also wearing the Gaudi for my new yrs eve wedding . I loved it from the second i tried it on. At the start i was adding a flower to the strap which was lovely but you would have to wear your hair up which i do not want to do. I am leaving my hair down but it is a bit much with the flower so now i am debating weather to take the strap off. But i would leave it on if you are willing to put your hair up as I think it is different.
Ps; If any one has any pic of them waring a gaudi with their hair down I would love to see them.