Post # 1
i have a serious problem! I have recently lost 50lbs and i ordered my BM dress for a friends wedding a few months ago. i thought I would be 10lbs lighter by now so I ordered accordingly. I just got the dress today and tried it on and its tight…i cannot zip it al the way. its too tight in the chest so I am not even sure if i loose more weight if it will help much (unless i can make my back slimmer?). It would need to be let out like just under an inch to zip. I think maybe 1-2 inches total to be able to breath 😀
another thing is that the dress has thick bra cups in them that maybe i could have removed that would help!
HELP! could this dress be let out around the bust about 1-2 inches?! the dress zips on the side.
Post # 3
@bestbuddies: Why don’t you take it to a seamstress and ask? They’ll know best! 🙂
PS Congrats on the weight loss! That’s awesome!
Post # 4
@pengoala: i will for sure. i just was curious what everones experience was. cause, i dont want to take it in fo ranother month. since the wedding isnt til september.
Post # 5
@bestbuddies: I can’t tell from the pic-How many seams does the dress have? Most seam allowances are 5/8″. The stitching can really only be moved 1/4″ on each seam which gives you an additional 1/2″ per seam. If you have 4 seams-2 sides, centre back and center front- you can get 2 inches.
Many bridesmaid dresses do not have a center front seam. If not, the seamstress might be able to put in a gore under the arm to get more room there.
ETA just enlarged the pic. Because of the ruching around the waist, you wouldn’t be able to let it out at the centre front.
Post # 6
@bestbuddies: Fair enough! 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 7
Likely not possible. Your best option is to have a seamstress add fabric that is as close as she/you can get it to either side of the zipper. Seams are never left with that much extra room (if any at all).
Post # 8
one of my bridesmaids got pregnant after ordering her dress. she took it to a seamstress and had gussets put in. the material was taken from the length of the dress. it didn’t match exactly because the material was dupioni and had a slight texture to it so the textured part ran in a opposite direction. it wasn’t very noticeable because it was on the sides. the other option would have been adding a corset back with a panel.
my other bridesmaid ordered her street size despite me telling everyone to not worry about the label size because wedding and bridesmaids’ dress sizing were not the same. the dress had to be let out at the seams.
my little sister refused to be larger than a size 4 so would not order any size large than a 4. the dress came and it was really tight but she lost the weight.
so basically there are a few options: gussets, corset back, letting it out if there is adequate seam allowance (your seamstress will be able to tell you by looking at the seams), or losing the weight.
Post # 9
maybe try spanx or some similar shapewear? That might let you get away with having to let the dress out since you’re so close.
Post # 10
my plan is to up my exercise routine(started today) and include more exercises that work on the chest, armpit area and be a bit more strict with my diet and try on the dress in early July and see where it is at. I also need to buy a good bra to wear with it. When I try on in July I will with my spanx and bra and see how it works. Then I will take it to a seemstress. Hopeuflly she cna take out the crazy thick cups in the chest of the dress which should help a lot. HOping with spanx, lossing a few more lbs, and the chest pads coming out, it might fit and if needed….taking out what is available on the sides might do it.
@julies1949: wow, you know a LOT about this:D thanks for your help. i took a look at the dress and i cannot see the seem really, but i can feel the allowence through the fabric. I would say its about 1/4 or 1/2 an inch on each side. so probably could only be taken out like a 1/8 or someting each side. there is no front stitch.
@profiterole: great idea with the length. I do need it hemmed so that is an option. but i may need to use some of the fabric from the bottom for an added modesty panel. my boobs are showing at the V on the front of the dress, not sure if the seemstress can pull the V together more or if she will need to do a modesty panel since that area is so tight anyway. i didnt refuse to get a bigger size or anything. I went by the measurements of the size of the dresses. The one part that was really close was the bust but I figured in the 2 months it was coming in, that with my weight loss it would work. it fits great everywhere but the bust. i had no idea what a gusset was, had to google it. great idea 😀 thanks