Post # 1
I just received my dress in the mail from JJ’s House, and it looks to be about 2-3 inches short. It’s the perfect length when I’m barefoot. I have no idea how this happened, since I did the hollow-to-hem measurement according to directions and then padded it by a couple inches just to be safe. Did anyone have to have a dress altered to be longer? Do you have any helpful suggestions? It’s a ballgown with a couple layers of crinoline, a satin skirt, and two layers of tulle over the satin.
This is the dress:
Post # 3
@Taeyers: I have no experience with this – but I think if you remove a layer or two of crinoline, you’ll get a little bit of length. Other than that, maybe take it to a seamstress and see if they can’t give you some advice on how to add some length without it looking bad?
Can you contact JJs House and see if they can’t remake the dress?
Sorry I haven’t been much help… I hope you’re able to find a solution!
Post # 4
@Taeyers: If the wedding date in your profile is correct, I would start by notifying them that the dress is too short. Have you given them full payment? I would stop payment or lodge a dispute ,whether with your credit card company or Paypal.
I would ask them what their preference is. Do they prefer that you ship it back at their expense so they can redo the dress? Or, do they prefer that you get it altered locally at their expense?
Most dressmakers should be able to take it apart at the wasit and lengthen it. The lace appliques on the bodice may not overlap the skirt as much as they do now.
Post # 5
@julies1949: Great advice! File the claim as soon as possible.
Post # 6
I think it if OK if you wear low heel shoea on the wedding?
Post # 7
Are you set on wearing heels or can you switch to flats? Maybe you can take it to a seamstress and see if you can’t add a layer or two on top or below or something to make it look longer. You usually can’t add length to a dress, though – but maybe they can remake the skirt or do something to make it look longer? IDK.. Sorry 🙁
Post # 8
@Taeyers: Can you add a slip made of tulle underneath and wear flats or flip flops?
Post # 9
i would contact them first to see what they could do.
you can always remove some crinoline to give you more length and wear ballerina flats.
Post # 10
Are you open to tea-length?
If all else fails, find a seamstress and have her hem the dress to tea-length.. it’s cute, and is pretty unique (although it is making a comeback) It has a seriously vintage vibe 😉
I think your dress would still look great at that length.. it reminds me very much of a Justin Alexander that’s popular (both full length and tea-length)
Post # 11
If the company can’t do anything about it, remove some crinoline and wear flats. There are some really super cute wedding flats available!
Post # 12
Thanks for your suggestions, everyone!
@tigergrrl2008: @julies1949: @notyet9506: @mypinkshoes: I have looked at the return policy, and they will cover local alterations or take the dress back IF I can prove that it wasn’t made according to the correctly. That’s the part that gets me – how do I prove that I measured correctly but it was made short?
To everyone who suggested flats, I considered that right away, and it might be what I end up going with. I just wanted to try and salvage my option of wearing heels, because I have ordered some very cute and comfortable ones for the wedding.
I like the ideas of removing some crinoline or adding a longer slip. Also, I wondered if a seamstress could just sew on 2 inches of ivory satin to the skirt, and the tulle would cover the seam. I don’t know how weird it would look if the satin layer was longer than the tulle layers though. I’m not very fussy at all, but I don’t want it to look outright bad. I will probably go to a local seamstress with all 3 of these ideas and see what they say.
@Cecilia_Noelle: I am actually very open to tea length, it was exactly what I wanted when I thought my wedding was going to be more casual. But the venue we ended up booking is a little nicer than I thought I would end up with, so I switched my plan to full length because I didn’t want to look less formal than some guests. Still, it’s not completely off the table. I would consider making it into a longer “tea-length” that’s more like the Justin Alexander 8465. It’s kind of a radical option, but I won’t rule it out 🙂
Post # 13
@Taeyers: I would think the best way to prove they made the mistake is to pull out your original order form and confirm what hem to hollow you noted. Then I would take the dress to a seamstress and ask her to measure your hem to hollow as well what the length of the dress is. Then I would compare the two and see what the difference is. And get it in writing. Maybe that way you can at least get the company to pay for the alterations to fix it.
Also, for what it’s worth, I think a tea length dress like the picture you included would be really awesome! And no way would anyone think you’re less formal than the guests! And just think with a tea length dress, there’s no worry of people stepping on you or tripping over your dress, or any of the other million things that could happen with a long tulle dress.
Post # 14
@Taeyers: maybe something like this. the satin hem would look better with your dress than the pleated one (i do like that look though).
Post # 15
@Taeyers: Have you tried looking under the skirt? When I tried on my dress, the sample fit me perfectly and I had heels on. When my actual dress came in that was ordered in the same size as the sample, it fit only when I was barefoot! I panicked a bit, but didn’t say anything because I was shocked. I called the store later and they checked the dress and said not only were layers of tulle/crinoline wrinkled but some were caught up amongst others. I haven’t been back to try it on, but they seemed to think once the layers were laid flat and steamed that i would get a few extra inches of length.
Post # 16
@Taeyers: You just need to have the email where you sent them your measurements, and then have a seamstress measure the actual length of the dress to prove they made it too short.