(Closed) Bustle: Long dress to Short Tea Length Dress

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

hmm’ interesting idea not sure though your would have more poof to it though.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hmmm…I don’t know about whether you could and I think I may be giving unsolicited advice here but I just have to say when I saw the pic of you in the dress–well you’re both beautiful! But I think that if you try to shorten the dress it will loose a lot of that simple elegance look and maybe end up looking unflattering. Just something to consider. I mean, I think it can be done. I just don’t think it would look as nice. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’d talk to a dress maker about it. My advice is to be careful with making things shorter though – it can really change the overall look of a dress. My dress is tea length and my seamstress asked me for an idea of the length one day when I was wearing my jeans. I pointed to where I thought and LUCKILY she’s very wise and made it 30cm longer than I’d said! Once she had the dress for me to try on she showed me how short I said I wanted it and it made my sweet little tea length dress look cheap and tacky AND it threw off the entire balance of the dress. Thank GOD she made it longer than I said cos the length that she cut it at was perfect and we kept it that length! Go to a dressmaker and see if it’s a) possible and b) something you want to do cos it WILL change the way the dress looks quite dramatically.

LOVE your dress by the way!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You’d have to talk to the professionals, of course, but I think it’d be challenging and expensive to do what you want. They’d probably have to cut off the bottom of the dress and reattach it with buttons or hooks. It’s probably cheaper/easier to buy a second, short dress for your reception if you want to go from long to short.

Great dress, by the way. You look gorgeous!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I agree with jadeblue – I’d buy another short dress for the reception. You’d have to make some pretty massive alterations to achieve what you want and it would probably be quite costly and a logistical nightmare to pull off.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

This is absolutely possible. I think what you’re going for is something like what this bride did:

going from this:

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to this:

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Your dress would be less full than this one, since you’re starting with less volume. That bride is selling her dress and wrote “After buying it, ties were added as a way to have it short for the reception (as seen in the picture). It is a little difficult to do but directions can be sent with the dress.” Maybe you can contact her and ask for more information so that when you meet with a dress maker you’ll be prepared to tell them what you want.

The key is to find a great seamstress! With my dress I had the seamstress detach the ballgown skirt and reattach it with tons of hooks&eyes to teh corset top, and after the ceremony I took off the big skirt and put on a knee length skirt. She may have thought I was crazy at first but she admitted after that she enjoyed the challenge and the result was awesome.

ETA: OH BOY! Sorry those pictures are so big!!! how annoying!
 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you could do a long dress with a bubble hem. There’s a post somewhere on weddingbee about doing exactly that – it’s like a French bustle but with the hem all the way under – it’s . Also, if you don’t like the American bustle, which is what you’re describing, try a French bustle. Or just pin the American bustle higher – mine looked pretty good at my low waist.

Like a Glove

What is this bustle called and will it work?

By The Way Your dress looks perfect on you!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

A lot of it depends on the material the dress is made out of.  I tried to have a bustle like the ones rachelss posted about put into my chiffon dress (bubble hem in the back but still floor length) and it looked so messy because the fabric doesn’t want to stay turned under in between each tie.  That then destroys the bubble effect.  Talk to a good seamstress and they’ll be able to tell you if it will work with the fabric of your dress (mine had warned that it might not work with mine but I wanted to at least try it – we ultimately went with a button bustle).

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