Post # 1
I ordered the dress below a few weeks ago and I absoliutely love it. When I tried it on, I had on roughlt 2.75-3 inch heels that the store provided. The dress was only about 1 inch too long with those heels on. I am now wearing 3.5 inch heels for my wedding and I LOVE looking tall.. lol it makes me look thinner. This would now make the dress roughly the perfect length.
I desperately want to make the skirt more full and fully intended on adding crinoline when I purchased, but didnt ask questions. I cannot see my dress again until it comes in 2 months before my wedding. (i orded at a trunk show in NYC and I live far away) I called my bridal store because I was worried about the length and they did say that my dress may appear a little shorter when it comes in because its new and the material hasnt dropped. So now I am thinking I am cutting it really close with the length. I then asked about getting extra length and its going to cost $230 (10% of the dress)
The FIRST MAJOR question is.. How much length will adding crinoline take up? Is it 1 inch.. .5 inches or more??
The 2nd is should I add more length or chance it??
Post # 5
I wouldn’t. What if its too long, and you end up tripping over it or stepping on it? I would prefer it to be a little bit too short, and you can always steam it in the bathroom to help it drop some. And with it being shorter, you will get lots of shoe action 🙂
Post # 6
I would probably order the extra length… just to be safe. But, I would also ask how much the alterations would be because there are so many different layers of ruffles that may need to be adjusted, too.
If you don’t mind your dress being a little short to wear you may see your feet a little bit then leave it as is.
Post # 7
Tough call. How much length is extra length? It would suck to pay $230 for, say, 3″ and then have to pay extra to hem off 1.5″ or something. Your crinny will definitely shorten it, but if you are so close to perfect length already, I would probably chance it, see how it looks when it comes in, and consider shorter shoes. I imagine hemming all those ruffles won’t be cheap, so if it comes down to spending hundreds extra on added length and then hemming the difference or just dropping down to a shorter heel, well, the shoes would go for me personally, and I’m a professed shoe addict. Besides, you already look thin and amazing in that dress at that heel height!
Post # 8
@Amaryllis: Thanks ladies..I think for me the major question is how much does crinoline bring up a dress? I REALLLLLY dont want my shoes showing when I am walking. I feel like 1 extra inch would probably be absolutely perfect but is $230 worht 1 inch. I could get as many inches as I want
Post # 9
A mermaid style crinoline slip will bring up your dress about about an inch. So you’re really looking at the dress possibly being about 1/2″ short. I personally think that it will be unnoticeable and $230 for 1/2″ is a lot to spend. But if your heart is set on it, go for it. The other options would be to consider a shorter heel (3″), or go for the higher heel and just just take off some layers of the crinoline to make the dress the perfect length.
Post # 10
@missjo117: I guess you are right…
Post # 11
are you guessing you had 1.5 inches with the heels provided or did the seamstress tell you that? IMO I would stick with what you have. Your seamstress may end up taking off all the inches you ended up adding…..
I am wearing crinoline under my dress (Adorae) and wearing heels the same height as you and It will be absolute perfect length. (I am 5’6″)
Post # 12
I would stick with what you ordered and adjust your shoes if need be. As others have said, full crinoline will take up about an inch, which you could easily modify with smaller heeled shoes. Given that you’re planning on wearing 3.5 inch heels, you have a fair bit of room to play with.
What I think you need to consider is that it will be $230 for the extra length, which you already know will be way too long, so you then need to factor in alterations to have it shortened, which will probably run in the hundreds given the complexity of your dress. Is it worth it to spend that much extra money to wear super high heels and look taller and thinner? If so, by all means, go for it. For what it’s worth though, I think you look gorgeous in the dress as is – it gives you a beautiful figure and elongates your figure with the dropped waist. I also think the skirt is perfect as is – some dresses need crinoline to make it fall right, yours doesn’t, but of course it all comes down to personal preference.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 13
I agree that this dress is beautiful as is, but if you are dying to have the poof factor, then I say go for it. Of course money comes into play, and you should probably do some number crunching. BTW, is this Calista? It’s beautiful!
Post # 14
@pengoala: Thanks, it is actually Martina Liana 340. I think I may chance it.. i run the risk of it being .5-1 inch short. I just feel like after spending all that money on the dress, that it should be exactly what you want. It’s a tough call.
Thanks ladies for all of your feedback!