(Closed) Dress Help!!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Alterations probably wouldn’t have samples, but perhaps the same bridal salon, or elsewhere.  Just be careful or you might wind up a 2 dress bride!

Another possibility is that your seamstress might be able to tell you what would be easy to do vs. hard to so (ie a-line is eay, trumpet or mermaid might be hard).  She may also be able to just hold/pin the dress in a way to give you an idea of what those different styles would look like.

Also keep in mind that with a dress that’s much too long, you can’t see how the designer meant it to look!  You may like it simply hemmed.  Again, your seamstress could pin it for you so you could see what it would look like.

I think it looks really nice on you- and would look great with just a hem.

Have you tried on other styles of dress?  If not, it may be easiest to go to a salon and try on the styles you are thinking of.  You may not even like them.

Post # 5
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think a slim a-line crinoline would definitely work to give the bottom just a little more shape.  I actually did the same thing!  Try something like this: http://www.mygowns.com/107-mermaid-slip.html or this: http://www.mygowns.com/107ds-mermaid-slip.html – although, with as drapey as your material looks, you might want to find something that has a silky layer over the netting so it doesn’t look lumpy.   Good luck!

Post # 6
773 posts
Busy bee

Heh, it’s funny… my dress has a lot of pouf- it’s not a full on ball gown but there’s a lot of tulle- and I’ve found myself regretting not getting a slimmer dress.  The grass is always greener, I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I really like it the way it is!

Post # 8
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You look beautiful in the dress— but of course, its not what someone else says. its how YOU feel in it! I would talk to a seamstress and see if they have anything they can rig up for you to see what it might look like– even just pinning it up or wearing a light crinoline underneath (even if it is not mermaidy) might help get a better visual. I’m a visual kind of girl- so I would definately want to try it to some extent– pre alterations. Good Luck!!

Post # 9
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would consult with a seamstress or dressmaker who comes highly recommended, since I don’t know enough about your style of gown to be able to give an informed opinion. It seems like a crinoline would be hard to fit under the gown, but a slip with some body to it could possibly keep it away from your legs a little. I also think you’re right… poofy gowns on shorter women can look a little swallowed if you aren’t careful, so the sheath shape really might be best for you. It definitely gives you the illusion of length. 

Your gown looks like it might be harder to alter due to the lace and ruching, so I’ll repeat that I don’t think you should have anyone who isn’t HIGHLY recommended work with it. 

I hope this helps! Good luck!

Post # 11
11 posts
  • Wedding: December 2008

It sounds like you have already made up your mind about this, but I actually really like the flower.    

Post # 12
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

The dress is very pretty! You could purchase a separate crinoline– its actually a completely separate piece and they have several different *degrees of poofiness.* So perhaps a small crinoline with just a little bit of volume would make you like the dress a little more without feeling too poofy for you! I would go back to the salon where you purchased it and talk to them. They should let you try on a few different styles just to see if you even like it, before you purchase one.

My salon had five or six different crinolines in each dressing room, and they were able to tell by looking at the dress what size I would need. 

Post # 14
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had some second thoughts about my dress too, but I have to keep reminding myself of two things:  1. I’m going to look beautiful anyway, it doesn’t have to be THE perfect dress.  That’s a bridal myth.  and 2. It hasn’t been altered yet!

I think a little bit of body under it will work well, but it looks so beautiful that it really doesn’t need much.  I think this is just a bit of uncertainty and you’ll end up being happy with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
14 posts

I’m having almost exactly the same issue as you!  My dress is also an Augusta Jones, style Cognac, seen here:


I like it a little more A-line than it actually is.  It was a pretty wide a-line when I tried on the sample which was too big for me and I failed to realize that when I ordered a smaller size, the a-line of the dress would be correspondingly slimmer. 

My seamstress think it doesn’t need a crinoline and has recommended that a "stiffener" fabric be put in the bottom when she hems it to make it stand out more.  She think that because the fabric is so drapey on the waist that you could see the wrinkles of any crinoline underneath unless it was really spandexy and smooth in the waist.

I’m going to see how it looks when she puts the stiffener in and if I still don’t think it’s full enough, I may try a crinoline.  I’m not sure if a stiffener in the hem would work for you or if that’s what you want but that’s another option.

Let us know what you end up doing and how it works out.


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