Post # 1
I am considering purchasing the La Sposa Detalle (see pic below) however the train is just too big for me. Does anyone here have experience shortening a train, especially one with tulle or a softer material (as opposed to satin or taffeta)? Once shortened, can you still bustle it for the reception? I am worried about buying the dress and then ruining it by shortening the train, but I am getting married outdoors in an orchard and do not want to be dragging yards of tulle (and the bugs that will get caught in them) all day.
Post # 3
I would never attempt to do it myself.
Find a reputable seamstress who is experienced with wedding dresses and ALL wedding dress materials.
This person should be able to help you select a style of bustle that will work with the dress type and that you like.
It would be a shame to risk ruining a pretty and probably expensive dress.
I don’t blame you though…I would not want to deal with an extremely long train in an outdoor wedding.
Post # 4
@Lorelei: Thanks for the reply! I would never shorten it myself 🙂 I was asking more if anyone had experience shortening it with an alterations person…how it changes the dress, how much it costs, and whether you can still bustle it or if you have to drag the train around the whole time.
Post # 5
Oh…I should read slower sometimes. LOL
My daughter’s dress alterations were $225–that included shortening the length of the dress (not the train) and bustling it.
Bustling was like $75, if I recall correctly for my daughter’s cathedral train. (This was through the boutique where we bought the dress).
I would contact a reputable dry cleaner—they often know of very good and experienced seamstresses or alteration experts to help you.
What about the store where you purchased the dress?
Is your train a cathedral train (about 7 1/2 feet from the waist)??
It looks long…can’t tell from the photo….maybe even royal?? (like Princess Diana)
If you had it shortened, as long as it were still cathedral or semi-cathedral, I would think you could easily bustle it without it looking weird.
If you shortened it to a “sweeping train” (like many pageant gowns), I’m not sure it would look right.
An experienced seamstress (or your bridal consultant where you bought it) should be able to tell you.
Post # 6
One option is to have it bustled for the ceremony and the reception. Just throwing it out there. It should be possible to shorten the train, but I do not know how much it would cost. I suspect that type of alteration is fairly common though.