Doesn't anyone buy a dress that fits?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsPanda99:  i dont get it either..I feel like you buy the dress and have one fitting to alter it. I guess a second fitting would come if the first alterations were wrong…I never understood it either though

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Most of us don’t fall perfectly within the designers measurements. I was one size in he bust, a different one in the waist, and a third size in the hips. You order for the part that’s the biggest (my hips) and then the rest has to be altered to fit. I only had 2 fittings. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I bought a sample dress, but I know when you purchase a new dress they order based on whatever your largest measurement is, which would mean that in theory your dress could be too large when it came in.

As for fittings, I know for mine they took it in first because simply having a dress that fits can mean the length is okay. I then came in for a second fitting so they could make sure the length was alright. They then finished everything up and I picked it up on my 3rd visit.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

They make dresses to fit a 5’9 model. IF that’s you, I’m jealous but at least you’ll find a dress that fits.

I feel like they secretly make dresses in measurements that no human woman would ever possess just to keep seamstresses in business. IDK..

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsPanda99:  You must be one of those lucky ladies that fits in dresses off the rack, can you feel my jealousy?  Dress sizes are average female proportions, the average differential between bust, waist, and hips.  My dress is a Mori Lee, from their size chart I should wear a 12 in the bust, an 8 in the waist, and a 6 in the hips.  So alterations are a must.  It makes buying any dress a massive PIA :-/

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I was between two dress sizes and I’m 5’3″ so I knew going into it that I was going to have to get the dress altered.

I will say that even though it was an additional expense, it was well worth the money to have a dress that fit like a glove and my seamstress was very meticulous to make sure the alterates looked great.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Mine fit me perfectly and only needed to have cups sewn in. I guess I got lucky!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsPanda99:  I bought a dress that fit. If I didn’t want alterations to change a few things, I wouldn’t be going to any fittings. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsPanda99:  my measurements were different than any of the dress size measurements. As in, my dress needed to be tailored to me because I have a larger bust and hips but a small waist, plus it was a mermaid fit! Most woman dont fit the measurements off the rack, every body is different! I needed 3 fittings. After taking in the waist, the top then needed more boning to stay up. Then boning was added to the sides and back because my torso is longer than most and the dress needed to sit on my hips correctly to give it the right shape. Then a bustle was added at the last fitting. 

It just depends what kind of dress. If I would have gotten a ballgown, I’m sure the fittings would have been minimal due to the forgiveness of the skirt. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

my dress fits. it’s one of the few things i’ve ever purchased and not had to have taken in or up or out.

fittings are generally for alterations- hemlines, bustles, etc. so the only “fittings” i’ll have is when i have the back switched from a zipper to a corset back.

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