Post # 1
One thing I was keeping in mind while shopping for my dress is that it should fit on the day that you buy it (i.e. don’t buy in a size that’s too small expecting to lose weight). Well I’m a street size 8 and my dress is a 12, but it is actually rather big on me. I bought at a sample sale so that was the size available.
It’s only been a week since I bought it and I know I’ve lost weight. It wasn’t really on purpose but I’ve just been going to the gym and eating healthier, and I can tell my stomach is smaller. I don’t want to not lose weight just to fit in my dress, but I’m concerned – how much can they alter it? I’m sure this has happened to other people so I’m trying to not freak out about it. Also, I know the weight loss was quick but my eating habits changed because fiance has gone gluten free and he cooks for us most of the time. So as long as he stays that way, I think I’ll keep losing weight or stay the same.
ETA: Meant to post a photo that shows how big it was on me the day that I bought it.
Post # 3
It’s hard to tell how much/little beading it has in the photo — I know my seamstress said that heavily beaded areas made it a lot harder to take things in. If it isn’t beaded much or at all, your chances are probably better?
Post # 4
@LizTheProcrastinator: I know it is hard to see in the photo – it is heavily beaded. I guess my fear is the cost of alterations and also whether the dress will look “right” if it is altered.
Post # 5
Beautiful dress!! The general rule is that you can take a dress in two dress sizes without losing the “rightness” of the dress. Two sizes of course being four numbers…so you could take your size 12 dress down to an 8 easily. And remember that dress sizes don’t equal street sizes. (I’m a size 2 street, and wore a size 6 dress.) So, I think you will be fine to lose weight and still fit your dress. (Although you don’t need to lose any, you are already tiny!) My concern would be the cost of alterations, as it does seem like there is a lot of beading. Maybe consult with an alterations person on this and ask what the cost is?
Post # 6
I don’t know if your salon does this but alterations for a heavily beaded dress where I bought mine from were ‘capped’ at £250. I had my lace/beaded dress taken in a fair bit without it affecting the ‘look’. You could look around to see if local seamstresses cap alterations, even if your salon doesn’t. Your dress is gorgeous – enjoy wearing it!
Post # 7
My dress was super lacy with lots of little beads and sequins. At least an inch was taken from each side to make my dress slimmer and the shoulders were also tailored. I’m sure you will be fine! Just find a good seamstress – they can work wonders 🙂
Post # 8
I had an all lace dress (Pronovias Bermeo) and I had major alterations done due to weight loss. You couldn’t even tell she took the dress in (by 6 inches!!). Fear the cost though. I paid $700 in alterations because of the lace. EEK.
Post # 9
@Alleycat: I actually heard that you can take up to 4 sizes up on a dress without losing “the dress”.
I dont know which is correct – but I believe that youll be able to alter it just fine!!! Mine is being altered from a size 10 (was a sample) to a size 4 – so three sizes down!
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Dont worry about the weight loss, your dress is VERY alterable. Just talk to a seamstress about 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding, and have it altered to fit the body you have then.
In the mean time, congrats on the new healthier lifestyle. Most of the weight you’ve lost so far is extra water retention from the simple carbs (i.e. gluten products) so your loss will slow soon, but you’ll likely see a steadly downward trend if you keep up the healthy choices.
Post # 11
I am so glad to hear from all of you! I ate a high carb lunch today without Fiance and I am sort of regretting it. I felt so slim this morning and I feel very bloated now. My body responds very quickly to changes like this and I’m normally very aware of how my body feels when I change my diet. It will be easier to be loyally low-gluten now that I’ve noticed the difference.
I am going to take my dress to a few different seamstresses to try to get quotes. Since my dress was a sample, the store asked that I take it elsewhere for alterations. Don’t know if that’s weird. A seamstress who works there does do alterations independently so she said I could go through her. I am happy to hear that the alterations can span several sizes and still look okay. I think I have to be okay with the expense – hope I can keep my eyes from bugging out when I get my first quote.
Post # 12
Just wanted to update. I ended up only going to one seamstress. When she quoted me the price, I figured that I like her & she is close to my house, so I thought it was good to just go with her. It will be $350 for the following:
- fixing a small tear on a seam
- taking it in 1″-2″ on each side
I’m probably going to ask her to add thin straps at some point. We’ll see how well the dress stays up & feels after the first fitting.
Edit: She will also be taking in the little jacket that goes with the dress, and tightening or fixing the loose beads.