(Closed) Will hemming my dress ruin the bottom? (pick-up haters be nice please)

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

It shouldn’t ruin any of the pickups except for the ones that are removed in the hemming process. Your pickups are here to stay. 🙂

Here‘s a thread on hemming bubble hems and pick-ups.

Post # 4
165 posts
Blushing bee

It will be fine. My daughter wore Ambrosia by Maggie Sottero at her wedding. It needed to be hemmed a few inches. It was complicated due to the bubble hem and the lace insert in the front. The bridal salon did a great job and we couldn’t even notice a difference after it was altered. Don’t worry.

Post # 5
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think the alterations department should be able to tell you exactly what will and will not be changing when they hem you dress. Most bridal gowns can be hemmed (even if they end up taking it up from the waist instead of the hem), and usually there is no visual change to the style of the dress itself.


I ordered my dress with a custom fit because I was making many changes to it, so they ordered it to my height exactly. They told me they did this also because the bottom was totally scalloped lace and they wouldn’t be able to shorten it. (I’m only 5’0 so shortening any dress is a must.) In the end, they really could have shortened it, they just would’ve had to deconstruct the waist and re-bead the appliques in that area. (This was explained to me by the alterations lady.) Would it have cost me an arm and a leg? Sure. Could it have been done? Of course! Just an example of how most every bridal gown can be made to fit perfectly and you don’t have to worry about losing the integrity of your dress in the shortening process. But seriously though, talk to your alterations lady and have her explain to you exactly what she can and can’t do. 

Post # 6
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@FutureMrsMK:  I had a dress with pickups, and the seamstress did a different sort of hem to preserve the look of the pick ups.

Regular hem- the fabric at the very bottom of the dress is trimmed and folded over and sewed in a straight line

My Hem- Seamstress took the fabric where the pick up was and tucked it further “up” into the pickup.  Its hard to explain, but basically if you grabbed the material from inside the skirt right behind a pickup and pinched so the length of the skirt got shorter you’d get the idea.  

Your dress-  I would look at the pickup thats right about knee high, that looks like it goes all the way around the dress.  If your seamstress can pull the material up at that point and hide it under that pickup, it would shorten the dress without changing the look of the lower pickups and the way they are draped. 

Post # 8
737 posts
Busy bee

@nikkialys:  That is a great idea, almost like a mini bustle and saves the risk of damaging the bubble hem.

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