Train alterations?

posted 5 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
8819 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

emerald89 :  I’m not a seamstress but it looks to me like that could probably be altered the way you want. Of course you would lose the details that are cut off, and depending on the pattern of the appliques they might have to make it scalloped rather than straight, but seems possible. Sometimes they can customize the length of the train while the dress is being made too — have you checked into that? I would try it on before worrying about it too much, because it’s a moot point if you don’t love it once it’s on. 

Post # 5
8308 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

emerald89 :  

Well idk, but it seems awful to slash several feet off that beautiful dress . Ae you absolutely sure that there is not a  similar but shorter trained  dress out there somewhere?  Or that you could not manage  that glorious train  if you really tried  lol ?   

Post # 6
23 posts

it’s possible. My friend had her massive cathedral length train removed to just barely a sweep. Personally I thought it looked nicer with the train, but she had to have the details at the front which is unique to the dress. 

Perhaps you could ask the store if they could have the brand make a no-train version for you. Brands can often do simple things like add length to train, remove train, add/remove straps, raise waistline etc. The design at the back might look better that way, and the cost might be similar to alterations.

Post # 8
1613 posts
Bumble bee

Public Service Announcement: Don’t talk yourself into “I can manage the huge train because I can bustle it for the reception.”

That’s what I did, because the cost to shorten the train was more than the cost of the dress due to the lace detailing, which was very similar to the one you like. I figured I could deal with it once it was bustled. I figured very, very wrong.

Bustles on a cathedral train are BIG. It’s like another person that you’re not aware of attached to your ass. Normally you move about life with an unconscious knowledge of how much space you take up. This phantom person sized thing suddenly attached to your ass skews that, and causes you to knock things over. Photo easels, glassware, candles, grandmas…. 

Then there’s the bathroom. Even a handicap stall is difficult/impossible to manage with that giant bustle. I actually stepped OUT of my dress because it was too much to manage/lift properly.

You have been warned…


Post # 9
3832 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Totally agree with you, to me loooong trains look so unwieldy and completely out of proportion! And the bustle would be enormous and heavy. My tiny train was enough to deal with, and enough to make it look elegant too. You should be able to cut that train, if the details are applique (i.e. separate pieces of lace stuck on) then a tailor should be able to remove them and then sew them back on in an appropriate place. The patterns might not end up exactly the same but that doesn’t mean it would be bad. If you strongly feel the long train isn’t for you don’t feel bad about giving it the chop. 

Post # 10
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020 - Round Rock, TX

emerald89 :  talk to the designer and see if they can make one with a shorter train! the length of the train is going to be a huge part of the price, and then paying for alterations to chop off that much is going to be a lot as well. that’s just a huge waste of money. also keep looking for dresses that are similar. you could bring the picture with you to a salon and they can help you find something similar with the train youre looking for.

definitely don’t get a massive train just because you can bustle it. you’re not going to be comfortable if that’s not the style you like. and you’ll have to walk for the ceremony in it with everyone watching. plus, i don’t know much about bustling, but can you even bustle THAT MUCH of a train?? it seems like it would be too heavy and would tear the dress. 

Post # 11
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Queens, NY

For dresses with cathedral trains, is it common to have another dress for reception? 

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