Post # 1
My first fitting was a few weeks ago and went terribly. I’ve been moping about it since then and finally decided to ask for help on the bee!
For reference, I have a ballgown by Vera Wang. I love its traditional shape and interesting details, particularly the corested bodice- the seaming contrasts the delicate petals on the skirt. The contrast is my favorite element of the dress. My runner up gown was a soft mermaid with lots of seaming on the bodice in an art deco pattern. While the mermaid skirt didn’t give me the bridal look I was envisioning, its safe to say that I’m really attracted to seaming on bodices.
(L) Runner-up dress, loved the seaming (R) Wedding crush, love the seaming on her dress
I have a DD chest and had to order the D-cup pattern change, which does not include the corset-like seaming that the sample had (only a few vertical seams). I knew the seaming wasn’t going to be there but was told they could add it in alterations. Turns out this isn’t true…apparently VW does not think the seaming under the bust looks good on larger chests and recommends her retailers to not add it. The store owner says that would be “nearly impossible” and it would “look terrible” because it would draw attention to my bust. Ouch.
That detailing is my favorite part of the dress and now I feel like I’m stuck with something I don’t love. Is the store owner right? Would adding seaming under the cups look bad? What if I make them do the alterations and they’re right? I feel like the bodice is so plain without it.
Here are some photos of my fitting. Ignore the fit, the dress is way too big on me.
My next fitting is in a few days. What do you think I should do?
Post # 4
I think the dress looks beautiful as it. I do agree that the seeming under the bust may not look as elegant as you thought with a larger bust. Unfortunately, if you go ahead with it, you may not be able to change it back – it isn’t a risk I would be willing to take.
Post # 5
I don’t think it would really be possible. What you are dealing with are two completely different things. The first, the original dress, has the seaming. The reason this looks the way it does is because it’s built like a bra, not a shirt. What I mean is that instead of the fabric just flowing over the boobs, there are actually little pockets for them built into the fabric.
The dress you have is more like a shirt. Rather than coming in between your boobs and having the fabric between your boobs sit against your chest, it fits like a traditional strapless. I don’t think it would be possible to alter it into the one you saw before, because that would require more fabric and a complete rework of the bodice.
But please trust me when I say that these sorts of styles tend to look not so great on larger chests. I saw a cocktail dress like this once. My flat-chested friend looked super cute in it, but didn’t want to spend the money, so I tried it on. I’m not super well-endowed, but I was wearing a Miraculous bra (so about a D cup).
It refused to hang right. The seams kind of floated halfway down my boob, and looked really printed on. I have never seen someone above a small C or maybe large B pull off a dress cut that way. It usually just looks sort of….vulgar, in that “a Marilyn can’t wear everything a Jackie can” sort of way.
I agree it’s a super cute style, but unless you go for a reduction, it’s probably not going to work. Your seaming would sit really close to your waistline because it would have to come all the way in, instead of sloping gradually to the waistline. There’s just too much boob. But you look great in it the way it is, so please don’t feel bad. Maybe you can incorporate some seaming in another way?
Post # 6
@BooRadley: Have you worn corsets before? I had a custom corset made to accomodate my 30H bust, and there’s only vertical seams on that. I’m afraid I understand why the larger size doesn’t have the ‘cups’ seam in the original as it may separate your bust too much – it looks like it would hve to sit flat on your ribcage if that makes sense. That said, you should do whatever you feel you’d like – can it be rectified if you decide you don’t like it? If so, go for it. Or perhaps request a different form of detailing on the corset top. As long as your happy, does it really matter what VWs vision is. These dresses are made for athletic figures, I’ve been reading all across the bee about how large busted women can’t wear this, can’t wear that, at the end of the day, if you want it, go for it 🙂
Post # 7
@EffieTrinket: Ahh you’ve basically said what I was trying to say in a much better way 🙂
@BooRadley: By all means go for detail, just not necessarily cup seams.
Post # 8
@AmyFarrahFowler: Totally agree. I don’t think I’d be willing to take that chance either. I think it looks great just the way it is.
Post # 9
I’d listen to them and leave it as is. You can barely see the seaming anyways with the overlay. Also, with the blingy belt and big ball gown skirt, it would just be too much I think. If it’s a non-negotiable for you then by all means go for it – it’s your wedding you have to love your dress – but just be careful since it will probably be alter at your own risk at that point. You don’t have much time to change it if you don’t like it and/or the dress is damaged because of it.
Post # 10
I don’t think it would look bad at all. That being said, I like it better without it.
Maybe it’s my imagination, but it seems a little too roomy up top. Is it going to be taken in any?
Post # 11
I really think it looks gorgeous as is – the seamstresses likely know what they’re talking about. However it’s your day so you get to call the shots – just remember that also comes with taking on the consequences of something potentially risky!
Remember only you will remember the before and after, everyone else will just see you the day off and gush about how gorgeous you look 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
It’s your dress, so you should get what you want. But keep in mind what others have said; that it might not look good after all and then you won’t be able to change it back.
Vera Wang is a top designer. She knows what she’s doing. I’d probably trust her instincts on this one. I’d be more upset that the store lied to you about what could be done to the dress. They should be able to at least add boning though.
For what its worth, I have a larger than average chest. I’ve noticed that dresses with heavily sculptured cups like the sample really don’t look good on me. I think they’re best for girls with little to no chest.
Post # 13
@Christy42213: @MrsWBS: @curlywurly88: @EffieTrinket: Boooo. You are all right but its not what I wanted to hear. Damn boobs.
@bluebelle23: Yep, it will be taken in. There haven’t been any alterations yet.
@sanjessica: @AmyFarrahFowler: Thank you for the compliments. Its helps when I’m so bummed :/
I don’t know what to do. Its a beautiful dress but without the contrasting bodice, its not exactly what I was going for
Post # 14
I didn’t read all the posts but I’m seriously jealous of your dress. I LOVE it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I really wish I could of afforded this VERA.
Post # 15
@Mrs. Charlotte: Hey, thank you. I feel silly for even complaining becuase it is a gorgeous dress!
Post # 16
@BooRadley, so sorry—I toatlly forgot to repond to you earlier!
First off, I think it looks amazing on you! I do love the corset bodice, too. but I’d definitely listen to the seamstress. You don’t want it turning out totally designed differently, and have it be (for lack of a better word) messy underneath the sheer. Honestly, you can’t see the details unless you are SUPER close up. The drama and beauty of the dress are still there. From your pictures, it still totally looks like a corset bodice detailing—and in no way is the bodice plain without it! I think once it’s taken in, you’ll feel MUCH better. You still have the organza standing up over the sweetheart neckline, which is so sweet, and where eyes will naturally be drawn.
Even without the detailing in the bodice, your dress is head and sholders over your second choice (though I may be biased:) You rock the dress, and it’s stunning on you! Good luck at alterations!