(Closed) Altering Pronovias Gaudi

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How should I alter this beautiful dress?
    Hem from the top : (13 votes)
    62 %
    Hem from the bottom : (8 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    111 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    293 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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 # 7
    1310 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    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
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @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
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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
    923 posts
    Busy bee

    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 # 12
    27 posts
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I vote for a bottom hem for sure!

    Post # 13
    2 posts
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @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.

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