Post # 1
Hi, has anyone ever done, seen, or have pictures of a 1-2 inch train? I dropped my dress off for alterations yesterday with the intent of cutting off the train entirely. When I got home I was really sad about it, so today I called an asked if anyone ever does a REALLY SHORT train. She said she could do a 1-2 inch train and I shouldn’t step on it too much. Is that just going to look like it was altered wrong because there is not enough difference or could that look beautiful because you still have that little bit of train? I will definitely not bustle – it’s a tulle gown and won’t bustle well (it’s the bhldn Cassia). Thank you for any advice or pictures!!!!
Post # 2
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a train quite that short? I’m afraid the overall effect or a 1-2″ train might be that it wasn’t hemmed correctly/professionally or that you weren’t standing with good posture.
The shortest train I’ve ever seen is a sweep/brush train, which is about 6″, which barely grazes the floor when you walk.
Post # 3
I had a short train (guessing 6-8″ but I never actually measured) and had no issues dancing, walking, etc. It got stepped on a few times but it didn’t bother me
Post # 4
1-2″ is definitely going to look like it was altered weird. I like pps suggestion of a 6″ train if you want something.
FWIW I had a ballgown with a bustle and it still got stepped on, even fully bustled. So its very possible it will happen either way.
Post # 5
sarahb1 : 1-2inhes is just going to look like a mistake (and isn’t going to relive you sadness about not having a train). 4-5 inches is known as a “sweep train” and is the shortest “train” length. I’ve worn dresses with a sweep train and unless you literally walk backwards, you won’t step on it.
Post # 6
I think the train will need to be 6-8″ to look intentional.
Post # 7
You would need at a sweep train to have a train effect at all, sweeps are under a foot, and as as others have said, 6-8″ will probably be enough to give you the effect your are looking for. 1-2″ is just going to make your dress look unintentionally too long.
Post # 8
Thank you everyone. My alterationist said that lots of people do 1-3″ and that it looks great. But I can’t find anything online where anyone says they’ve done it. 🙁 Unless someone let’s me know they’ve seen or tried it, I will probably not keep the train. I will be dancing a lot at the reception and worry that if I keep 3-6″ to look intentional it will be in my way.