Help! My dress arrived torn!

posted 6 months ago in Dress
Post # 3
3282 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t think it can be repaired. Where did you buy it? How did you pay?

Post # 4
4830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

The only way you can know is if you go see a seamstress. They might be able to fold over another panel/unsew the seam and do something to cover that one. GL

Post # 5
1030 posts
Bumble bee

FutureMrsA2020 :  That isn’t a tear, that is a slice. Did you open the box with a sharp knife or pair of scissors? Any high-dollar item I purchase and receive via mail, I always video myself opening (zoomed on the package) to prove damage upon receipt. I’m not sure, if this was an online purchase, that you could argue that it was damaged before you bought it? 

It took me a while to see it. How does it lay against you when you wear it? A fold-over from another overlapping layer could work. I’m going to commit a cardinal wedding sin by saying this, but get ready:

Honestly, if you can’t really see it, I would just take clear double sided tape (dress tape that sticks your skin to your garments for low cut gowns) and a very small piece of matched fabric and sandwich the tape between the fabric and the dress slice to hold it down cleanly for the wedding and photographs. 

I’ve purchased a few second hand wedding dresses for costumes and you can get them for a song, so if this was a cheaper gown or you have a limited budget, just tape it. It sounds like nightmare advice, but it works and the clear tape is invisible and looks relatively seamless from most practical distances. If you give your photographer a heads up, they will make sure it is carefully concealed from photos as well.


Post # 7
1030 posts
Bumble bee

She or someone else might have sliced it. It is up to you if you want to pursue some sort of financial thing.

It looks like your dress creates a fold, so right now that can be opened very carefully to expose the center of the fold like a tube. The invisible tape comes on hard paper strips, and you can cut one to create a long, thin strip. Take one side of the sticky tape off, feed it very gently through the fabric loop, press down to stick to the fabric on one side of the “tube” and then the other — pulling the tear closed as you go, or after you have placed two or three similar very narrow strips in. Then, use a pair of tweezers to remove the back side of the tape, and press the tube closed, sealing it shut and hopefully holding the tear closed and sealed too.  Back it with another layer of sticky tape and a similarly gauzy sheer material on the side that folds down against your body. If you used too many layers of fabric or another sort of patch, the color could be darker on just that one piece. It should stay for the duration of the wedding. I’ve used some similar methods to fix some last minute gowns and lasted through galas withought it coming lose it being visible. I am constantly stepping a heel on a dress, sitting and busting (literally BUSTing with bigger than DD’s) gowns, etc.


Some brilliant, more clever, gifted seemstress bees will likely give you much better advice. Here’s the tape style, just in case:

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