Post # 1
Okay, maybe “disaster” is a bit of an exaggeration. It’s not the end of the world. The short of it is that I’m too tall for my dress.
I ordered shoes based on the heel height we discussed and got heels that are 2 inches, which were VERY hard to find. I was told to stay under 3 inches, but lower if possible.
With the shoes on, the dress is just slightly too short and there is less than a quarter inch of extra fabric to let out of the hem. It’s also got a lace overlay and the entire lace hem would need to be unpicked by hand and lowered.
The bust is quite big on me and the shoulders needed to be taken up a fair bit to create more support and keep the top of the dress from literally falling off me. Once the shoulders were pinned up, the dress was even shorter.
While it can probably be lowered a bit, my shoes will still probably show a bit regardless.
So here’s my dilemma: I wanted to dye my shoes coral so that I can reuse them again and so they won’t get so dirty walking in the grass (it’s an outdoor wedding). Because my shoes will definitely be visible when I walk (probably not so much just standing still, though), would it be better to keep them in ivory so they don’t stick out so much? Or would it be acceptable or even attractive to have a flash of colour peeking out from under the dress?
The dyeing process will take about 2-3 weeks (I have to send the shoes away), so I don’t have time to wait and see how much they can lower the hem before deciding. If I’m going to dye them, it needs to be done now, as I fly to America at the end of the month. So I’m operating on the assumption that no matter what they do, my shoes will show a little bit.
Post # 3
If the dress is short and very easily noticed – lower the hem. I was actually told by numerous photographers that bright coloured shoes ‘pop’ in pictures and look great in the finished product (pictures that is) my shoes will be bright pink for photos and i have a pair of crystal encrusted shoes for the ceremony. (please note both were cheap as i got them off of the internet) so i say do both! lower the hem and dye the shoes!
Post # 4
We probably can’t lower the hem enough. There is less than a quarter inch of fabric to let out. I did tell the seamstress that is she wants to just sew some extra fabric onto the bottom that probably the lace would cover up the seam enough that no one will notice, but she said she’d prefer to avoid doing that.
Post # 5
well I think coulourful shoes look great – I am fairly outgoing and so I have bright pink sparkly shoes lol it might just be an Australian trend but it looks awesome if your photographer edits a pic so that it is black and white and your shoes are coloured and the flowers are also a similar colour to the shoes. (hope this makes sense). I cant stand bland and boring bridal shoes. Anyways my wedding is about fun and family so Pink it is for me 🙂 xxx
Post # 6
P.S people will then think you wanted to show off your hot heels! ans women love shoes so they will all love them!
Post # 7
That’s true… I suppose if people thought it was intentional, they wouldn’t necessarily be thinking that my dress is slightly too short.
Post # 8
You could dye a crinoline and have a pop of coral to match the shoes.
You could make your dress off the shoulder or strapless to gain a few inches.
You could chop it into a high-low look.
Post # 9
Is there a waist seam for your dress? Can you show a picture of your dress or the original photo? It would be faster to let out some more fabrics at the waist seam, and then cover the let-out fabric with lace appliques or a sash. Lowering the hem takes a few hours, it shouldn’t be a huge deal though. How much is your seamstress trying to charge you?
I think lowering the hem would be the safest option, then you don’t need to worry about the color of the shoes nor if your shoes show 🙂
Post # 10
I think you should still dye them coral, it doesn’t matter if guests get a flash of colour, it will be a surprise (a good one though!) I love colour pop shoes, I’m not a huge fan of pale coloured wedding shoes and I think it will look fabulous. Plus, you can wear them again and again and remember your wedding day whenever you do. Go for it!
Post # 11
Here’s the dress:
The back is a deep plunging V. I’m having the tops of the shoulders taken up because currently they slide right off me. About two full inches is pinned on the shoulders.
No crinoline for this dress! Although that would be really cute for some other styles.
I picked this gown because it covers my shoulders. I dislike strapless gowns on the whole.
I would definitely not want to chop it into a high-low look. Fiance would hate that and I don’t think the look would suit the dress. Plus it would really drive up the cost of alterations, which are already quite high. 🙁
Nope, no waist seam, unfortunately. The owner of the boutique said that for girls who are taller than me, she can usually only sell them gowns with waist seams, and sometimes not even that.
Being able to re-wear them is a huge plus for me. They were about $160 and I hate the idea of wearing them only once. Fiance doesn’t like the idea of dyeing them- he doesn’t understand why you wouldn’t want you shoes to match the gown and he is having difficulty envisioning what it would look like. But I have told him several times that I really don’t need another pair of white-coloured sandals and that if left white, they would be far too dressy to wear with anything else I have.
Post # 12
Found a rear view of the dress, if it matters:
Post # 13
Stunning dress 🙂 Doesn’t look like you can add anything to the dress. I went for a strapless because I hadn’t seen many dresses I liked with sleeves, now I am finding so many of them and I kind of wish I had tried some on. I am thinking of buying a bolero just to wear around dinner.
Annnywayy. I think you have already made your mind up. Dye those shoes, I think coloured shoes look hot. I bought some gorgeous Ivory lace shoes with a big heel and lace up on the side ankle but now I am finding them a tad boring, as all my accessories are ivory, so now I am on the hunt for some sparkley aqua heels to match my bridesmaids dresses. So hard to find ones I like.
Just do it. 😉
Post # 14
How “too short” is the dress? Honestly, just get another pair of shoes that are flat in the color that you want. You can’t make alterations to the dress to make it longer (although, as a bridal salon, they should have f—ing known that the dress was going to be too short, and should have addressed this situation when the dress came in and they had you try it on).
I had my shoes dyed (supposed to be dark grey), but they didn’t turn out like I wanted so I ended up painting them glitter pink instead. They’ll probably show when I walk–your dress is supposed to sit up off the floor with just enough room to pass your hand between the hem and the floor.
Post # 15
I pruposefully picked colored shoes for a bit of excitement, so I say dye them coral!
Post # 16
Hmmmm… could you not just buy a cheap pair of flat ballet pumps & wear them under the dress? They would have the added bonus of not sinking in to the ground like heels do if you’re having an outdoor wedding. You could sell your heels new & unworn & get a better price for them, or keep them and wear them to your rehearsal dinner/after party (if you’re having either)? (And if you dye them, the coral would be a nice reference to your wedding colours).
Sorry, but the length thing would just really bug the hell out of me, I just couldn’t have the dress flapping around my ankles when it should have been full length. JMO of course. Hope you get it sorted!