(Closed) Shortening a train?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
184 posts
Blushing bee

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 # 5
184 posts
Blushing bee


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.  


Gorgeous dress!



Post # 6
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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.

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