(Closed) Shortening Ballgown Bodice with Boning

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
940 posts
Busy bee

Hi, I’m petite as well (5’1) and shorter bodices look good on me. So yes I took my previous dress to the alterations (I’ve since sold it), it’s a natural waist with a slight V shape so it’s very slightly dropped waist, and it’s too long on my body. 

They can definitely shorten the bodice by detaching the bodice, shortening it and all boning, and change the shape at the part where skirt meets bodice. I’m not a seamstress so I’m not phrasing it well. 

I looked through my quote and it says:

Shorten skirt length from waistline and re-shape waist seam to create seam to sit on natural waistline. Shorten bodice length to finish at natural waistline.  All bones require shortening and re-capping and bodice requires hemming.  

Can definitely be done, but make sure you get an estimated quote from your seamstress, it may be expensive where you live.

(I didn’t go through with the alterations)

Post # 6
11371 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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iamSkylar :  im petite as well with a short waist, so I went with a separate skirt and top from Monique L, since I knew her dress forms fit me well, and this gave me the added ability to adjust as needed. 

You might want to look into that idea if the alteration costs for shortening boning are super high. Your dress is so pretty though! 

Post # 7
940 posts
Busy bee

I’m not too sure, since it was part of more work (to size down the dress too from US8 to 0)

But I was quoted ‎£460 in pounds in total. That’s almost $600.

This was the dress.


Post # 9
8 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

I used to do alterations in a bridal shop, and it can definitely be done.  I can’t tell with the sash on, but is there a seam at the waist already?  It will definitely be easier if there is already a seam there to separate the skirt & bodice, but if there isn’t, it can still be done anyway, just a little more work.  Most boning used these days in bridal gowns is plastic and can simply be cut shorter.  Steel boning can be cut also, with special tools, but I doubt the boning in that dress is metal.

I am 5’2″, so I know what you mean.  Most people think short just means shorter legs, but having a short torso can definitely be a pain sometimes when it comes to getting clothes to fit correctly!

Post # 11
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I haven’t looked, but to me, this sounds like a really expensive alterations.  I’d look for dresses with shorter bodices.  For example, the hayley paige londyn had one of the shortest bodices I’ve seen (it worked for me too bc I’m petite)

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