Post # 1
Hoping to get advice on a wedding dress!! Mori Lee 5174 is the dress. My bust and hips measure into a size 4, but my waist measures into a size 8. My measurements are 33/26.5/36. According to the size chart- a size 6 waist is 25.5, a size 8 is 26.5.
I tried on two Mori Lee dresses at the store, a 6 and a 8. They both seemed to fit the same. So, it makes me wonder if the 6 (which they said had been their sample dress for a few months) had been stretched out over time whereas the 8 was newer so it had not been stretched- making them similar fits.
I recently ordered a Mori Lee bridesmaid dress size 8. It did not have to be taken in on the sides, but the bust was wayyyy too large. So, I have no clue what size to order!!
Now, this dress is a ball gown but when I tried it on, they clamped it to make it more form fitting. With the clamps on, I got an idea of how much would need to be taken in- less than an inch- but it made the top of the skirt bunch up to look way too large on me, like it swallowed me.
My concerns for the dress are:
1. Once I take in the sides and bust- what will happen with the delicate bead work and lace?
2. Also, once taken in what can I do about the way the skirt falls? It bunches up on me now like it swallows me. Can the skirt be taken in so it falls in the proper pleats, and will that mess up the bead/lace work?
I’m posting pictures so you can see the dress.
I appreciate any help!!
Me: Thinking I should add some fluff?!?!? I like the fullness of the model dress better- I think.. Not as full, but some extra fluff.
Post # 3
@ktfay10: Hi. I’m on my cellphone so I can’t post any pictures. I had a ballgown for my wedding with heavy beading on my corset (Alfred Angelo Belle Dress, I’ve also posted pics before). My corset was taken in bc it was too large and I ordered the smallest size possible. The seamstress that works at Alfread had experience with altering the Belle dress so had no problems doing it. She unstitched the beads and unstitch other thread work on the dress, took it in and replaced the beads and stitch work and you wouldn’t be able to tell there was any work done.
While I can’t provide much more help, I’ll suggest considering
1) Do you gain and lose weight easily? If u think the 1inch at the waist can be lost, go with the smaller size. I know it’s easier to take in a dress (lots more room to play with) vs letting a dress out (although it could be done).
2) Does that bridal salon have a on site seamstress? What I did was make an appt when I knew the seamstress would be in and ask her questions and told her my concerna before I bought the dress
3) not sure about the pleats and skirt problem you mentioned so I can’t helps there but I’m sure a good seamstress can work with it.
Good luck! Gorgeous dress!
Post # 4
@ktfay10: I’m not a seamstress, but I have had a dress altered, and I think if you go with a good seamstress things will turn out just fine. As far as I know, the clips are just to get a rough idea of how things will look when you’re trying it on. I’ve never had a seamstress use clips on me. The seamstress should be able to pin the dress and take it in appropriately so that it looks the way it is supposed to look. If you’re nervous about the skirt folding over, let the seamstress know at the first appointment and maybe she can even see what that looks like. Then she can assure you that she’ll take the dress in properly.
I’ve also never tried on wedding dresses, but I would hazard a guess that it is quite possible that a sample dress could be stretched out a bit by being tried on many times and stretched to fit all sorts of sizes. I have witnessed this happen with shoes that are tried on frequently in retail stores. Again, I don’t know whether it happens with wedding dresses, but it seems logical that it could/would, so I would go with the dress that matches your size measurements. It’s better to have it be taken in a little more than to have it let out because part of it doesn’t fit.
Post # 5
@ktfay10: Hopefully I can help you out since I used to be a bridal stylist and helped many brides decide on a size for their dress. Sorry wall of text incoming.
You are right about the size 6 sample being stretched out. Over time the seams and the fabric stretch from being tried on by so many brides especially if there aren’t any larger samples available. I always recommend getting the dress to fit your largest measurement because you can always take it in. An inch difference may not seem like much, but if you generally don’t lose weight in your waist or are stressed and aren’t able to lose it in general you are putting a lot of undue stress on your self to fit into your dress.
For your first question: There shouldn’t be any issues with the beadwork and other detailing if you are using an experience seamstress. As a previous poster mentioned you should ask if they have an in-house seamstress as these ladies are very experienced with doing the specific dresses in the store.
For your second question: I think you may have a misconception as to how this dress will be altered unless the salon told you differently. Dresses are almost always altered in the side seams not in the back at the zipper. That way they don’t have to move the zipper around. Taking it in at the sides will not have the same bunching that you are seeing with the dress clipped in the back. Adjusting the side seams also helps to maintain the proper look and style of the dress. If you take it in from the back you risk moving the bust toward the armpits if that makes sense.
I hope this helps! If you have any other questions please let me know!
Post # 6
Get it so it fits in the waist… It’s easy to take a dress in. It’s hard to let it out!
Second you may be happier with the skirt once you add a crinoline or small hoop.
Post # 7
Thanks for all the advice. I did speak with a seamstress. She looked at the dress and said we could do anything we need to in order to make the skirt fit right. That the dress would be taken in at the sides, and we could continue down the skirt until it fell right. You were right, I was looking at the way it was bunching up in the back when it the dress wouldn’t be taken in that way. So, I wasn’t seeing how it would truly look.
Still stuck on the sizing. The seamstress said I should probably order the 6 because there was extra material in the side seam she could let out if need be. She said the dress will stretch some over time with having people try it on, but not so much that it would increase an inch or more in size. I have no idea about the truth to that, but I guess it makes sense. I also tried on size 4 in Mori Lee. It wasn’t the same dress, but still same designer. It was EXTREMELY tight, but it still zipped. So, that gives me hope that a 6 won’t be too tight.