(Closed) Can a seamstress alter this gown for a petite bride?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

yes..I’m sure if you go to a great seamstress they will be able to alter the whole thing to look porportionate.  It’s a grea dress… not too complicated

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m also petite, and I wore a mermaid gown.  Mine was ordered in a custom hollow to hem length.  I don’t think this particular dress is going to look right from the back if it turns out all a seamstress can do is hem it.  The part in the center back where it flares out is going to be too low on you.  

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

That’s a super simple dress. I don’t think a good seamstress would have any problem hemming it, but you might need someone who has done wedding dresses before to make sure everything is proportionate. Like a PP said – the back might look off if you don’t. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it should be doable.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@blushing_bride_27:  My dress was a Bonny.  

Heres’ the pic of it from the designer’s website.  I think the best feature of the dress is the pleating at the top of the train, so it had to hit me at just the right spot on my body.  

 

Here’s me in my dress, with the custom length.  The only alterations needed were for the sides to be taken in.

 

Here’s Darling Husband and me on our wedding day.

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am considering buying this dress, too. It’s beautiful and simple and just what I was looking for. I have been to 6 bridal stores and yet to find anything as elegant as this dress. But I have the same concerns about height because I am 5′ 3″. I may also want to shorten the train on the dress for my outdoor wedding but I know that can be very pricey! Please let me know what you decide to do – I am curious if it will work on a shorter bride!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

One other question for OP – what undergarmets are you planning on wearing underneath? When I tried it on with a white strapless bra you could see the line where the bra ended so am thinking it may need spanx or an allover smoother…

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Good luck! Let us know how it goes. The dress looks gorgeous on you, BTW! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes. My dress was lace on the bottom. My shop ordered my dress in a petite size (which helps, but it’s not short enough if you’re 5’1). The seamstress unpinned the lace before hemming and then sewed it on higher. That way the lace isn’t disturbed.

If your shop can’t order it in a petite size, it will need to be taken in from the waist. I am 5’0 and I know that the proportions on my dress would be off if it was hemmed at the bottom (I would have lost the full skirt because 7 inches would have been cut off).

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Just curious did you go with this Nicole Miller gown and could it be hemmed for your petite frame?

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