Shortening at the waist
A gown that has beautiful lace/ beading or embroidery/beading along the hem must be shortened at the waist. Most of the time this alteration is not as difficult as it sounds. Usually the manufacturer will attached the skirt with one row of stitches. In the case of the recent gown I worked, the manufacturer had overlapped and serged several layers of fabric, then added more layers and serged again. It was a bit of a mess and quite time consuming to take apart. Once the skirt and bodice had been separated, the skirt was pulled up and pinned. I like to have the bride return for another fitting before I cut the fabric. This shortening method is a little tricky because the amount pinned at the hem is not exactly the same that is taken up at the waist. It’s one of the mysteries of design!
The bride returned for a second fitting to insure the transfer of information from the first fitting was accurate. The hem was perfect and the alteration was made permanent.