(Closed) Stupid questions about alterations…and a not-so-great picture

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@WYAtocha:  I’m sorry I know nothing about this but I just wanted to tell you how gorgeous this dress is!

Post # 4
45 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

@WYAtocha:  I think that when hemming the dress they will have to hem the train or it would look odd… I can’t see how they could do it without touching the train, but it will stay in proportion to the rest of the dress and depending on how much it needs taken up shouldn’t alter in length too much…….. also did you ask them to alter it to be more fitted or are they doing that of their own decision? If not, if it s not what you want you should tell them… p.s STUNNING dress!!!

Post # 5
1320 posts
Bumble bee

@WYAtocha:  Nope. Not stupid questions at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your seamstress will hem the front without touching the train, if that’s what you want (make sure she knows this). This thread is also very helpful about hemming a scalloped lace dress (particularly posts #20 and #21).


As for the more fitted look, the train will get “shortened” in the process (since the fabric is being brought in closer to your body from all sides. Even if the mermaid fit is accomplished by taking the dress in at the side seams, the train will still be shortened. Honestly, though, it really should be a negligible amount since the dress is already somewhat fitted.


I would voice your train concerns to your seamstress upfront so that they can make the most of your alterations with the least amount of shortening to your train. And I completely understand your concerns–your train [and dress] are beautiful!

Post # 7
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My mom and I hemmed my dress and we kept the train at the same length. It looks kinda funny if it’s laying flat on the sewing table but when I put it on it looks great.

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