Post # 1
I am recently engaged, and my wedding will be in September. According to people who know better than I, dresses take about 6 months to order and complete…so I will begin shopping in January. Today I did some preemptive Google-ing and took a fancy to keyhole-backed lace dresses. The only issue is that I really want my wedding to be fairly casual and relaxed, and I think a floor-length gown is too formal. Because I don’t want to go into a bridal appointment with false expectations, here is my question:
Can a dress like this
be altered so the skirt falls below the knee/mid-calf?
I am enamored with everything about this dress type, except its length (and that weird flower thing on the shoulder…). The problem is that in all my web-surfing, I have yet to come across a lace keyhole dress that is NOT floor-length. It would seem my only hope lies in a gifted seamstress with the ability to make the skirt look naturally shorter.
Ladies, can it be done? Or am I SOL?
Post # 3
@AvaAdore: You might consider taking the picture to a seamstress to get their opinion. I did a search for ‘short keyhole back dress’ and ‘knee length keyhole back dress’ and got a few results, but maybe not in the same silhouette of the dress you posted.
I think it might be doable but the tricky part would be the lace edge at the hem, so I guess it would depend on the lace pattern for the dress you find.
Post # 4
1st of all, gorgeous dress!
I know a little bit about bridal alterations, so maybe I can help. Pretty much every gown is “able” to be shortened – and to a seamstress, shortening a dress an inch or a foot is basically the same alteration.
Even when a lace gown has a scalloped edge, like the one in your picture, they can still be taken up. Sometimes, the scallopping on the bottom is an applique, in which case the seamstress can remove it, shorten the gown to the desired length, and reattach so the dress retains the gorgeous detailing at the bottom. Alternatively, there may be a horizontal seam at at the thigh (can’t tell if there is one in the dress pictured), in which case a seamstress will shorten from that seam and not even touch the lace edging.
Basically, good bridal seamstresses are rockstars – there isn’t much they can’t do.
However, I would recommend keeping an open mind when shopping and be sure to TRY ON gowns that are tea-length (hit mid-calf) – it can be an awkward length to wear, and depending on your body type can really shorten you or hit your calf at a weird place. You might find you like the floor length gowns the way they are with no shortening needed.
Post # 5
@BallerinaBarbie: I think I love you.
Seriously, though, thank you. All that information is very helpful.
I will definitely keep an open mind and try on dresses to see if the length truly suits my body. I’m hoping it does, because I don’t want to be overdressed at my own wedding haha!
Post # 6
@AvaAdore: I’m sure you can shorten gowns like that easily, however as others have mentioned the issue would be keeping the scalloped hem.
It would be easier just to find a short version of that gown…something like Monique Lhuillier’s Anna perhaps? I’m sure there are less expensive versions around too.
Post # 7
@peonyinparis: Thank you! I’m not dead-set on that gown in particular (that line is rather expensive), it’s just a great example of the style. I will definitely be looking for a dress that’s already at the length I’d like, but it’s nice to know shortening is at least possible…just in case.
The dress you posted is lovely!
Post # 8
I can guarantee you the lace edge is removable. The only lace wedding gown I’ve seen where the scalloped edge was actually a part of the fabric and not appliqued on, was a gown without a train. If there’s a train, they need to applique the edge on. You will be fine!
Post # 9
First it’s a beautiful dress 🙂 and I am sure that shortening it would be no problem at all.
But, I do have a question. Is the only reason you want to shorten it because you don’t want to be overdressed for you wedding?
If it is, personally I don’t think there is any such thing as an over-dressed bride. I’ve been to back yard weddings (super fun) where the bride wore a ballgown and she was just beautiful and nobody thought she was overdressed. You should wear whatever makes you feel right on your wedding day 🙂 Nobody is going to think the bride is overdressed. When trying on dresses don’t limit yourself. You might fall in love with a dress that was totally not in your dress-vision at all!!