Post # 1
I just need a bit of reassurance. I was looking at picures of me in my wedding this morning, and I noticed that there is a seam running the lenght of my train. This is the first time that im noticing this and its bothering me a bit. I didnt think that my $1500 dress would have a seam running down the right side of my train so everyone can see. Is this a normal thing, or just bad work man ship. Ive already brought the dress home, and signed off in it. So theres no returning it. I just wished I would have noticed at the salon when I tried it on, but of course it was behind me. My bridesmaid that was with me didnt notice it either.
Here are a couple pics. Let me know if you can see what I mean.
You can see it at the bottom of the dress on the right side. Is that normal?
Post # 3
I think with the draping of the skirt, that seam has to be there. Normally you don’t notice seams on the train because they are on the sides of the dress (it’s almost impossible to make a full skirted dress like a wedding dress with no seams), but in your dress, you have all the asymmetrical draping on the side of the dress, so you can’t have the seam there or else it wouldn’t lay right. So the seam is forced further back in the skirt. So no, I don’t think it’s bad workmanship.
That said, I wouldn’t have noticed the seam if you didn’t point it out. I think it’s incorporated pretty organically into the skirt, and really just looks like another draped pleat.
Don’t stress! Your dress looks beautiful!
Post # 4
Yeah, it’s pretty normal. the dress has to be sewn together somewhere. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. You can see it on my dress here, and this is still one of my favorite wedding photos.
Post # 5
This is such a common mistake by various bridal factories (usually the cheap Chinese ones) – is this an original designer dress? I would question the bridal salon who sold you this dress – because expensive original designer dresses should NOT make mistakes like this. And some bridal salons buy replicas from China and try to pass them off as originals – I know it happens!
That seam either needs to be at back center, or on the side. If it has to be at any other position, then it needs to be covered by a pleat/folding on the back. The fold covering this seam needs to be tacked to stay in place to hide this seam.
There is also a way to avoid this unnatural seam completely, but it would require a lot of fabrics. Instead of piecing 2 sheets of fabrics together, several of the pleats/folds on the train need to be cut individually in diagonal direction to maximize each piece’s length, then they are sewn connected with seams, but each seam would be covered by the folding each piece has produced. This would effectively double/triple the amount of fabrics used on the train because about 50% of fabrics would be left uncut and not usable, but there will be NO vertical seam on the train, instead you will have several hidden & slanted seams that go under and follow each fold, which is much more natural and luxurious – and this is what original designer dresses do!
Post # 6
Even with you pointing it out, i had to really look for it. I think you’re going to be so stunning on your day that no one will notice at all.
Post # 7
I honestly think your dress is stunning.
Post # 8
You and your dress are gorgeous! I think the poster who explained about the asymmetry was right, there’s really no other spot for the seam. It’s barely noticeable even when looking for it. Your guests will be so enthralled with the beautiful draping, sexy corset lacing, and your glowing smile — I guarantee, noone is going to see that seam! Don’t give it another thought. 🙂
Post # 9
I think your dress looks gorgeous on you! You don’t really notice it. Don’t stress about it, you look great!
Post # 10
You should ask to see the sample at the store that you purchased the dress. I have photos of me trying on several asymetrical pleated dresses and none of them have a seam that is visible. The seams were on the side.
Post # 11
Thank you everyone for your responses. Im trying not to worry about it. I just want to be able to love my dress.
@metalbride: You made me feel a hundred times better. I’ve actually been drooling over that picture. I love it so much. Your dress looks gorgeous! I didn’t even notice the seam. Can I ask what them name of your dress is?