(Closed) Help!! My dress looks lumpy and wrinkled!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
765 posts
Busy bee

ok, how does the way the ruffle was cut have much to do with the material underneath pulling?

Will pressing it help at all?


Post # 3
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

The ruffle cut on the bias shouldn’t have anything to do with the fabric underneith.

It’s hard to tell what’s going on here, as we can’t really see the fabric under the ruffle. The fabric at the bottom front (knees to floor) is the same as the material in the skirt part (from waist to knees) – the bottom part is perfectly flat, so why isn’t the waist to knees part? I agree with you – I think it has something to do with her alterations. 

Did you talk to another seamstress (or ask for the head seamstress) at the shop? If the sample dress didn’t look like this, or it didn’t look like this before alterations, then it shouldn’t look like this now. It almost looks to me like she was stretching the material when sewing it – and it’s puckering now – but like I said, I can’t see well under the ruffles.

Is this a silk? I wonder if she’s stretched the actual material when doing the alterations? Then there’s really nothing that can be done short of cutting this skirt off and attaching a new one at the waist.

But I agree with you – this doesn’t look right. You need to discuss this with the store.

If you can get some photos with the ruffles lifted up, and especially over at the seams, that would probably help us a lot.

Post # 4
1225 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

The dress looks like the layer under the lace(lining) was altered improperly.  Usually when you get wrinkles or bunching it means that the dress is too tight above or below the wrinkles.  Your dress may need to be let out slightly.  Though I will tell you that some fabric is just more prone to bunching than others so this may not completely eliminate the problem.

Post # 6
21 posts

I see some bumpy lumpy texture in the dress before it was altered – however, the alterations seem to have really emphasised it. My guess is either the material was stretched out too much or she has made it too small. How does it feel on you? Tight? Loose? I’m really not sure what you can do, sorry. My only recommendation is a second opinion.

Post # 7
3437 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I’m sorry I don’t have any suggestions except to agree with the above about a second opinion. For what its worth when I looked at the first pic I thought the skirt was supposed to be that way. Like a weirdly different texture or something. Not necessarily in a bad way just different. Its still visible in the last pic before alterations but more pronounced bc of the tighter fit I’m guessing? 

Post # 8
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That’s a beautiful dress and you look gorgeous in it, but I see the lumps.   In Doing the alterations the seamstress has pulled on the seams too tightly.  Please take your dress to another seamstress – an expert- and get that fixed.  Your present seamstress is only going to make excuses on why the seams are puckering the fabric.

Post # 11
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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rosie79 :  what about steaming it?

Post # 13
553 posts
Busy bee

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rosie79 :   I would get a second  opinion cos it doesnt look right and your dress its beautiful!

Post # 14
11359 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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lolarayne111 :  I agree, what I can’t figure out is how she managed to make the whole front look like that by taking in the sides if they aren’t too tight. 

OP, I’m so sorry, this looks like a poorly executed alteration has made the problem worse. If that’s silk organza, it’s very difficult to sew with so please make sure your next opinion is confident in working with such fabric. Your dress is beautiful, keeping fingers crossed for you.

Post # 15
534 posts
Busy bee

Either she used wrong thread, or her sewing machine needs to have tension adjusted – this usually happens when the seams are too tight.  

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