(Closed) Bridesmaid Dress alterations — hemmed too short! what to do?!

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

phillypheet:  How much shorter are we talking? Is there any extra material in the hem? 

My wedding dress had a chiffon overlay – had to be hemmed 6 inches (at least . . . I’m short) and the original hem and the after alterations hem were pretty small – i.e. not any extra fabric there to speak of, due to the softness of the material. So I don’t know if it would be as easy as just letting the hem out, unfortunately.

Can you find some matching/coordinating chiffon fabric to make a second tier/layer underneath the original skirt to give you some length back? 

Post # 3
45534 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


Did you have her measure  you wearing the shoes that you will wear with the dress or did you give her the measurement of the amount you wanted it shortened? If you told her how much to shorten the dress you will likely have no recourse as she just followed instructions.

If you tried on the dress and she marked the new hem, did she not show you in a full length mirror what she had marked and ask for your agreement?

Did she do a rolled hem? This is the proper hem for sheer material. If so, there is no extra material to let the hem down.

Can you wear flat shoes instead of the shoes you were planning to wear?

Post # 5
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

phillypheet:  Any chance that there is another (shorter) bridesmaid who wears a similar size as you that hasn’t gotten her dress altered yet? 

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