Help! Should I do a 1-2 inch train?? My dress is already in alterations

posted 1 year ago in Dress
  • poll: should I create a VERY SHORT (1-2 inch train)?
    yes : (1 votes)
    8 %
    no : (11 votes)
    92 %
  • Post # 2
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    699 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    3560 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    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
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I think the train will need to be 6-8″ to look intentional. 

    Post # 7
    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    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.


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