Post # 1
Hi bees, I need advice. My dress is too big. When I bought the dress it was a little tight. When I got it altered, 12ish weeks out, (hem + bustle) the top fit perfectly. Now I am 5 weeks out, the dress is in NY, I live in Chicago, and it is a bit loose. I was in NY last weekend and tried the dress on and it was a little loose – like I cannot raise my arms more than once w/out readjusting myself.
Other details: I am not trying (at all) to loose weight. In fact I am the sort of person who rarely changes weight. But I am training for a marathon (#5) in October. I work full time in Chicago so I can’t just go to NY for a day or two to see a tailor w/out lots of work planning. I think gettnig the dress alterted (especially with the time crunch) will cost between $300-700.
Advice needed. What should I do? Thank you so so much for your help!
Post # 3
I would take it to a local tailor that you can trust or even a bridal shop near you
Post # 4
Can you get the dress shipped back to you and get the tailoring done in Chicago? The shipping/tailoring in Chicago would still probably be less than NYC tailoring pricepoints- certainly less than a flight out to NYC.
Post # 5
I’d find a local tailor/seamstress – I’m sure in Chicago you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one.
Post # 6
I will look into the idea of shipping the dress back to Chicago (and then having it shipped back to NY again before the wedding). Kind of a headache, but workable.
Though there is still the expense factor. I’ve already spent $300 on alterations (hem and bustle) and teh dress only cost $850. That means my total dress cost will just about equal the alternations cost. Oh, the joys of wedding pricing.
Post # 7
I would suggest changing up your workout to work the muscles in your chest and shoulders more in an effort to “bulk up” and keep the dress up. I would also go shopping for a padded strapless bra. This may sound stupid but it really is the difference of my dress staying up with the push up bra or falling down with a more flattening strapless bra. Also, maybe an easy fix could be having a tailor put a band inside the dress if it does not already have one. My dress has a strap that is secured tightly around the rib cage area with an adjustable hook, tightening this band also makes a difference in keeping the dress up. The band would most likely be something you could add at the last minute if you still have this problem next time you try on the dress.
Post # 8
Definitely ship it to your current home and have it altered again ASAP. Then ship it back right before your wedding and just have it steamed prior to the big day. You need this dress to fit like a glove in order for you to feel comfortable and confident when you get married. You do NOT want to feel self-conscious or spend your entire day adjusting the dress. That will be hugely annoying and distracting. 🙁
Post # 9
I’d hate to suggest more alterations, since the cost has skyrocketed compared to the cost of the dress. I like the band option that slicey19 suggested. Or double stick tape. Or could you add removable straps? That way if the dress loosens up during the reception, you could add a halter or something else to help hold it up?
That said, I would just eat more 🙂