Post # 1
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my dress. I was just getting to love it again, but then it came time to sew on the belt.
First question I have is which looks better. The belt a bit lower, or higher (where is is suppose to be).
Lower (belt will be tacked onto the dress so that it does not stick away from my body):
The belt is what makes the dress so getting a new belt is not an option. I prefer it lower. My Mother-In-Law likes it higher. What do you think?
The second question has to do if I go with the belt lower. The problem when we put the belt lower is that it is about 1/2 inch too short on each side.
The blet is not swen on yet and it won’t be sewn The seamstress suggested getting some crystals on ribbon to just fill in the small gaps (I did find some at a local fabric store). Would that be alright? It would be over $1,000 for a new belt that is slightly longer, so that is out of the question.
Post # 3
I think you should just sew it onto the gown. That way, there won’t be any awkward shifting.
Also, the “lower” and “higher” options look exactly the same to me, so i’d just go with what makes you happy!
Post # 4
I like it higher! I the belt should end where the full part of the skirt starts, at your natural waist.
Post # 5
i like the belt positioned as it is in the first pic. It appears that the bottom of the belt sits at the seamline and makes your waist and hips look smaller. When the belt is lower the fabric of the dress bulges out and makes your hips look larger.
As for the fit question, if you wear it lower, are you ok with a ribbon bow at the back of your dress? You could just tack the bow to a ribbon and tie it in a bow at the back.
Alternatively, you could tack the sash to a ribbon, but have the ends of the ribbon squared off and use a hook and eye closing. If you don’t like the look of the ribbon between the sides of the sash at the center back, you could add some beading over one end of the ribbon or find a pretty applique.
Post # 6
I like the first picture the most. Lower elongates your frame more.
Post # 7
@crayfish: the belt will be swen onto the dress- the question is where.
@jrzvol: I think though that the fuller part of the dress makes me look hippy. with the belt lower it elongated my torso, no?
Post # 8
I definitely like it lower–it does elongate your torso just a bit. As far as that placement being too short, sew a length of ribbon on either end and tie it into a ribbon.
Post # 9
I think that the belt placement might be one of those things that only the bride will notice! Both look great to me, so go with what makes you feel more comfortable. You might want to try sitting when the belt is that low to see if it folds funny though.
Post # 11
I like it better higher, it looks more natural/right, and then you don’t have to worry about the gap!
Post # 12
I like it lower – the higher belt cuts off your beautiful waistline.
Post # 13
I like how it is in the first picture.
Post # 14
I think it looks better lower. In terms of the gap when you sew it on, I would just leave it. As long as it is sewed on so it is centered, it will just look like it belongs like that, with a small gap before the buttons in the back.
Post # 15
I like it lower. It looks more flattering (although, it’s not a HUGE difference).
Sew it in at that position (just go with the gap) or have a similar colored ribbon sewn behind it which fastens somehow, so the gap is now a matching ribbon color. With a bow/strands or just a ribbon section.
Post # 16
I like the belt lower…also what i would do is get a ribbon and sew the belt onto that and either leave the ends long down and going down the back of the dress or cut it short so at least the belt closes then sew it on the dress. 🙂