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Date: 9/14/11 1:30 PM

I am two for two now with horrible bridesmaid dresses. I've got two friends that were asked to be in weddings and because they are on a student budget I offered to hem their dresses for them. They have both turned out to be beasts. Is it just that the brides are picking from horrible suppliers, or has ready to wear formal weal gone to the ******?

The first dress was supposed to be cocktail length with a bloussant hem. The dress came in almost floor length and every seam was sewn with a different color thread.

The latest offering is a lime green lovely with a dropped waist at the side seams and they put the skirt on the dress upside down. Trying to hem the beast has been less than pleasant. And, the lining was completely attached at the hem. It is so wonky that the dress is 4 inches longer in the back and the front than it is at the sides.

Is this normal for formal wear now? I'm about ready to tell my friends I'll pay for the dress to be hemmed. I'd rather make one from scratch than hem these messes.

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Date: 9/14/11 2:53 PM

Ugh! Not normal at all. Uneven hems are normal, but these just sound bad! It's true, the more you pay for the dress, the better it usually is made. I've altered a lot of cheap dresses, but none that horrible.

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Date: 9/14/11 2:59 PM

I've done some of those kind of dresses. I just hemmed the front So they can walk and they have a small train. If they want the train up later. Large quilting pins will do.

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Date: 9/14/11 3:32 PM

Eh- it's a bridesmaid/formal dress. You're going to wear it once and then get rid of it. Plus, you can hem a dress, but you can't lengthen what's not there, and 4-6" heels are popular. That makes an average height woman around 6' tall.

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Date: 9/14/11 4:36 PM

About bridesmaids dresses (some might think this is humor):

1. They are usually an ugly style
2. They are usually a weird color that looks good on no one
3. They cost a lot
4. They have 1/16th inch seams so you cannot enlarge them but have to order three sizes larger to make them one size larger in certain places
5. They are made so as not to take attention from the glaring beauty of the bride
6. They are forever after useless to you and WILL wind up at the Good Will, the Salvation Army or as polishing rags.

Good to know when that blushing new engagee asks you to be in her wedding.....

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Date: 9/14/11 6:11 PM

Quote: Mufffet
About bridesmaids dresses (some might think this is humor):



1. They are usually an ugly style

2. They are usually a weird color that looks good on no one

3. They cost a lot

4. They have 1/16th inch seams so you cannot enlarge them but have to order three sizes larger to make them one size larger in certain places

5. They are made so as not to take attention from the glaring beauty of the bride

6. They are forever after useless to you and WILL wind up at the Good Will, the Salvation Army or as polishing rags.



Good to know when that blushing new engagee asks you to be in her wedding.....




Too true! When DD recently got engaged and we were discussing who might be in her wedding, she was worried about one dear friend who might not be up to the cost & decided she would talk to this friend and offer to buy her dress (i.e., not coming out of the budget I had set) and would begin saving the $ out of each paycheck. Turns out her friend has found a new job and is re-employed. Nevertheless, price is upfront in DD's mind as she looks for their dresses. I will handle all of this friend's alterations so that won't be an additional cost.

Color... Thank goodness the MOH and 3 brides maids all look good in a deep turquoise color. That was a subject of concern.

Style... Since all 4 young women are similar body type, at least this should not be much of an issue.

Style... A decision ill be made after the wedding gown is chosen (or the design to be made) because that will impact the attendants dresses. In general, simple classic is what DD is all about so there is hope that the attendants might find their dresses will work if they are attending a wedding or going to a dressy event. Since they do not live in the same place, there is not much likelihood they will see themselves coming/going.

It please me that DD is trying to be aware of the burden being a brides maid places on her friends.

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Date: 9/14/11 6:37 PM

I wish it was as simple as just hem the front, the newest treasure is a cocktail length so I have to eyeball the hem. And, an added feature........wait, you won't belive it.......the bodice has underlining on both the fabric and the lining, of guess what???????????? Rain/no stain drapery lining, or some goofy "plasticy" white satin stuff and if that's not enough it's got tacked in demi cups like a padded bra and boning. No wonder the dang thing is like moving a sherman tank.

I swear, I make Civil War gowns and this stupid formal is heavier that one of those. It's no wonder you see so many brides maids passing out at weddings.

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Date: 9/14/11 7:38 PM

OMG....my DD has been engaged for 3 weeks. Maybe I can talk her out of it...... Suddenly, I'm very afraid.

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Date: 9/14/11 7:44 PM

Karla, we have seen some scary stuff just cruising the racks. But, there are some nice things available. One thing to consider is using a short dress for the bridal party. My DIL did that and all came from J Crew and were quite nice and the $ was reasonable. Everyone plans to wear them again. There is hope.

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Date: 9/14/11 7:45 PM

Quote: Karla Kizer
OMG....my DD has been engaged for 3 weeks. Maybe I can talk her out of it...... Suddenly, I'm very afraid.

Or, you could just bribe her into eloping! The $ spent on most weddings would make a really nice down payment on a house.

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