(Closed) Problems with alterations…

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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 # 4
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 6
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 9
895 posts
Busy bee
  • 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!)

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