(Closed) My dress is too short…now what?!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@Lily_of_the_valley:  I wore my cousins prom dress for my grad. She is 5 inches shorter than me. The dress was originally pink and white, we took out the white and put back and put a black crinoline in so it poked out the bottom. I wore one inch heels. 

Post # 4
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Lily_of_the_valley:  Do you have a photo with you in the dress? Are there layers of crinoline under your dress that can be taken out so it lays flatter and longer against your body? If the bride wore 3″ heels and is 5′ 4.5″ tall, and you are 5’8″ without heels, aren’t we talking about a 1/2 inch difference then if you wear flats?

Post # 8
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley:  It’s hard to tell without seeing your entire dress- but I DO think you should be able to add to the length of your gown and have it look great.  I didn’t have to do this- but my seamstress and I were talking about what happens when gowns get cut too short- and mine would have been one where you would have been able to add to it because it many layers of tulle.


I’m guessing the line you’re referring to at the bottom is actually like a “hoop”- that is intended to keep the dress from folding inbetween your legs while you walk.  My dress had to be shortened, and and she had to take material out from the middle as opposed to cut the bottom off.

EDIT:  sorry- somehow I missed that your mom was a seamstress.  If she’s confident she can do it, and you know her work- let her do it.  You can’t really wear a dress that’s too short- and I assume you can’t return it.  



If you take to good seamstress, she should be able to lengthen your dress properly.  


Post # 10
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Okay, so you don’t want to add more satin to the existing dress (might not match in color) and you don’t want the loose the shape of the dress by removing the skirt.

How about this – attach some organza (the sheer) to the back side of the hem of the satin for length.  The color won’t have to match exactly to the top layer of organza on the dress like satin would have to match perfectly.  It would give you added length but not take away from the style.  It comes in various weights, so you could get it a little heavier and it wouldn’t be as sheer.  You could even get a little creative and scatter some beads on it.

Post # 11
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Lily_of_the_valley:  Can you let out those pick ups in the front and reattach them lower? It will give you more length in the front so your toes don’t peek out. 

Post # 12
46590 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would add an underlayer so that it showed at the bottom all the way around like it was meant to. It can be aded from the waist, just above the knee, or wherever your Mom thinks it needs to be to fill in the gaps of the organza hem.

Little girl’s dresses are an easier example to find:

Pink & Violet Little Girls' Striped Short-Sleeve Dress

Post # 13
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Lily_of_the_valley: the dress is so pretty! If I were you I’d take advantage of this shortness and find some absolutely *fantastic* heels (maybe blue?) that you want to show off and not alter the dress! every time you walk the shoes will peep thru

Post # 14
1777 posts
Buzzing bee

@julies1949:  I’d suggest that as well.  Add another layer from the waist underneath. 










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