Post # 1
I bought my dress ages ago, and I bought it kind of on impulse. It was literally the first dress I tried on. Everybody was complimenting me and I think I just got wrapped up in the moment and convinced myself I really liked it. Anyways, I am not interested in shelling out more money for a 2nd dress, so I’ve been trying to make this one work. I’ve made some changes since this picture was taken, mainly, the top actually fits properly now, and the weird wrinkles on the boobs and side are gone. But the problem is the lady doing my alterations says that she doesn’t know how to hem it. Since it is one solid piece of lace from top to bottom, and there is lace detail at the bottom obviously it can’t be brought up at the waist without creating an ugly seam. I did buy a petticoat/crinoline thing that I’m hoping will help a bit, but I’m sure it’s not enough. I will literally need to wear 6 inch heels at this point in order to be tall enough for it. I can’t wear heels that high without falling on my face and getting horrible blisters..and being taller than my 6ft1 fiance.
What could I do to shorten the outer lace layer? She said that the lace detail at the bottom cannot be removed but I’m not exactly sure if it’s impossible, or just way way way too labor intensive, I didn’t really understand her reason. I’m going back tomorrow with the petticoat to try it on and see how much of a difference it makes (also I’m going to have the sleeves made tighter and just below the elbow to get rid of the OTT bell sleeves). Does anyone have any suggestions to give me before I meet with her again? Maybe some way of darting it up in a sort of scallop-y way? Or just chopping it off because I’ll be outside and nobody is going to look at the bottom of my dress anyways? Or something else that neither one of us has thought of?
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Post # 2
I’m guessing the seamstress is not affiliated with the shop you purchased the dress from? When I was shopping sometimes the associates knew how a particular dress could be hemmed, since it’s so common to need that done. Could you ask at the store if they know? Hopefully the crinoline will help and you won’t need to do much!
Post # 3
The shop I bought the dress at had horrible, horrible reviews re: their alterations, and quoted me $600 for a hem and bustle (however you spell that!) so I took it somewhere else. They told me when I bought it that the lace at the bottom could be removed, but the seamstress says no. Maybe I should just have her finish up the rest of the alterations, and take it somewhere else for a 2nd opinion?
Post # 4
It’s hard to tell from the pictures. Is that a layer of tulle overtop with the lace attached to the tulle? If so, it should be easy to detach the lace trim at the bottom, shorten the tulle and then reattach the lace trim. You have to do it by hand, and it’s time consuming, but possible. But, again, it’s hard to tell from the picture. Did she say she could shorten the sleeves? If so, I’d think the same process could be used on the hem.
Post # 5
Yes, the lace is just attached to the tulle/lace top layer.
She can shorten the sleeves, but that’s because I just want them chopped off, I don’t want the detail from the bottom of the sleeve.
Post # 6
Yes, just as JenGirl said, this is a very possible, albeit time consuming alteration. This is how all lace dresses are meant to be hemmed. I’m shocked that your seamstress seems to think that lace dresses should never be hemmed. PLEASE don’t just chop off the lace at the bottom. That’s such an integral detail of the dress.
If the lace is attached to the tulle, it’s most definitely not just once piece like she said. If you wanted to shorten it along the skirt, anywhere other than just at the bottom for a hem, she’s correct and it would be impossible without seeing a seam.
If she is not competent enough to do this, you might need to take it somewhere else (and just hearing her say this makes me think you should). I could do this alteration myself and I’m really just an amateur dressmaker.
Post # 7
Having this seamstress finish up the alterations except for the hem and taking the dress elsewhere for a second opinion on the hem sounds like a good idea. I can’t tell from your pictures, but a lot of dresses with lace at the hem have a lace trim that can be removed and then re-attached once the hem is taken up. As PP have noted, it’s time-consuming (and, as a result, can be expensive). Good luck!
Post # 8
I just don’t understand why she would say she can’t remove it. She came highly recommended and has a billion great reviews. My grandma and future aunt-in-law both said they couldn’t figure out how to get it off, and they’ve both made dresses from scratch. So stressful! I guess I’ll just take it somewhere else..hopefully somebody has time, the wedding is in about 2 months!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
I LOVE the dress. You really need a hardcore, professional seamstress for the hem. If the lace isn’t on a second layer (which most dresses are made with now to make for easier hemming) she will have to cut around the applique, move it up, and get rid of anything underneath. It’s difficult, but do-able, but you MUST look for someone who specializes in wedding gowns!
Also, keep in mind she’s only hemming the side seam, around the front, to the other side seam, not the ENTIRE dress. Charges for that kind of hem is typically around $125-$300. (I’ve been in the bridal dress world for over a dozen years…would love to help if I can!)
Post # 10
I don’t see any reason why that couldn’t be possible, it makes PERFECT sense. Except all the beads will fall off so I imagine it will be insanely time consuming. So I guess when she says she can’t, she probably means she won’t. haha.