(Closed) Dress needs MAJOR alterations….HELP has this happened to you?????

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Sorry to hear. I am also smaller like you. I’m *in between* sizes according to them. The dress ran small, so I ordered a 6, but I guess I am a 5? However, my waist is SUPER tiny, so it will be interesting how much they will have to alter my dress, probably a lot:( I’m stressed too because they will only have about a month or less to alter it!

Post # 4
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1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would ask the seamstress if she would be able to give you something in writing..then I would take that back to the store and ask to speak to the manager. See if you can get some money back…since the alterations are going to cost much more than they would have if they had ordered the right dress.

Post # 5
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1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wait so when your dress came in it was tight, and then at your first fitting it was huge? Sorry I’m just confused.

And depending on your waist/hip/breast sizes, they probably ordered your dress to fit your largest size. I had to order a 6, because I have bigger hips. But they will have to take it in at the chest because I’m a small B. It doesn’t really sound like they have to do major alterations, getting it taken in is normal. Just because you order a size doesn’t mean it will fit perfectly, it probably fits great around your chest and its just too big around the rest of you right?

Post # 6
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965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

wow. sounds like the store misguided you. i would attempt to exchange the dress if this happened to me. good luck!

Post # 7
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2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

It happens. They order to fit the largest part of your body, which sounds like the chest in your case. Altering a dress from a 6 to a 4 is not a big deal…still, good luck. I have horrible luck with dresses since I’m a 4 in the chest/waist and a 10 in the hips, so at least you’re not stuck in a situation like I was.

Post # 8
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294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Same thing happened to me! I am typically a size 0-2, very petite but have Cuban curves. The bridal shop told me I was in between a size 2 and 4 and should go for the 4 because it’s better to take in than out. Dress came in and it’s a corset top that when tied is still much too large. Had to have both sides taken in. I could’ve for sure fit fine in a size 2.

Post # 10
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7976 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@arenyth: I think she means the corset was laced tight – like, so that it was a straight line rather than a vshape the way it should be.

Post # 11
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922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had major work done on my dress – I actually bought a dress that was a size 14/16 because they gave me 40% off.  It was a dress someone ordered and never picked up.  I wear a 4/6.  I had to go back a few times and the alterations were stressful, but in the end it all worked out!  Just make sure you schedule some extra fittings if you are worried.

Post # 13
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2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@blingqueen: 6 to 4 is like no big deal. 🙂 It’ll be fine.

Post # 15
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169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yep I am frustrated with my bridal store too… they claimed I had to go up a size because of my hips and now that is the part that is too big.  And with a corset back that is the part of you that has the least room to change since it will be laced the tightest.  They said they could take the hips down but it is a complicated lace overlay dress and they told me to just leave it and have the hips be looser than what it could fit… this frustrated the heck out of me since my wedding is in 5 weeks and with the hips sitting looser you can sometimes see a ripple at the end of the boning.  Soooo mad.  They said that if they took it apart and took it down then it would cost 400-500$ more. 

Post # 16
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494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

this exact situation happened to me!  They told me I needed a size that ended up being way too big.  I let the dress sit in my closet knowing it was going to need major alterations when I should have exchanged it for the right size.  By the time I got to my alterations appointment, they told me it would cost nearly $400 to fix the dress!!!  Thankfully my personal seamstress did it for less than half that price but it still required a good deal of work.  My dress turned out perfect but she ended up sizing it down to the size I should have ordered, which is just frustrating!

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