Post # 1
My gown has what they call an “illusion train” which I assume is because the train of the dress, which is lace, extends longer than the slip underneath. I didn’t realize this when I tried it on in the store, but I really don’t like it. Has anyone had theirs altered to have more fabric to match the length of their train? It’s in ivory and I don’t mind if the train looks like it has multiple layers underneath. I don’t want to shorten the train if I don’t have to, but I think it makes the dress look like it wasn’t made properly…any advice?
Post # 3
I think you will need to talk to a seamstress. I’m not sure how you would lengthen the satin underneath and still have continuity in the look. I love the train on that dress but I see how it makes it look uncomplete. You would probably have to order extra material from the manufacturer so it will match.
Post # 4
You will have to talk to your seamstress since only they can answer this.
Post # 5
I was actually just dealing with this with my seamstress today, except our situation was we were trying to figure out how to bustle it properly with the illusion. We are shortening the top layer somewhat. It is definitely possible to shorten the top layer to match the others completely, and a professional tailor could do it easily; I’m sure it would look great! In my opinion, the picture of your dress doesn’t look ill constructed, but I understand what you’re saying.
In case you keep the length of the layers and need to figure out the bustle, we felt that the “french bustle” looked the best with this type of train.
Post # 6
I have an illusion train and have to have mine shortened. They actually just shorten the front and taper it to the back. There is no lose of the detail, I was suprised at how well it came out.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone, I have a feeling there’s nothing I can really do about it aside from getting rid of the train altogether, which I definitely don’t want. And looking at the real brides in this dress makes me like the train more, the model doesn’t “work” this dress like the real girls do 🙂
Future MrsK: My bridal salon showed me what the french bustle would look like and I think it looks gorgeous with the lace! I agree that’s probably the best bet. I almost want to bustle it the whole time, I love bustles!