Post # 1
Hey bee’s…I need some serious help
The bridesmaids dresses came in late April–I picked them up and a week later I flew to California to give them their dresses (they all live there). One of them zipped up but it was tight, and the other two were about 4-5 inches from zipping in the bust area.
Two of them gained about 15 pounds after getting measured. I have two weeks to get them altered but my seamstress said she can only let them out a half inch. My bridesmaids are starving themselves (at least I think thats what they told me so I wouldn’t freak out)…which doesn’t help ease my mind but I don’t know what to do!
Adding a corset back is typically expensive right? What does that usually cost? I’m so, so stressed out. Does anyone have suggestions or tricks to give me to help them?
Post # 3
@Heatherloveskenny: If they gained weight (as opposed to the dresses being ordered in wrong size), it’s their responsibility to make the dress fit.
Maybe if they can’t lose weight/ fix it then a pretty cardi?
Post # 4
I saw someone put on here yesterday they got a corset put in their wedding dress for $10! I don’t remember who it was but it was a david’s bridal dress. Get some quotes from people and see if they’ll give you a deal since it’s more than one dress. But don’t stress it’ll work out!
Post # 5
@helenberrycrunch: I bought all of them lace bolero’s to wear which can cover up the tightness of the dress but since its lace, the whole not zipping issue will still be…well, an issue (I ordered them right after I bought the dresses so I didn’t think lace would be bad at all).
They don’t have any money to alter them so I’m going to have to fork out the extra cash to add a corset back to them if nothing else is possible. I’m just really bummed out, obviously I know they didn’t gain weight on purpose or anything but I paid A LOT for all of their dresses and it feels like a giant waste of money.
Post # 6
@NYCcaliBRIDE: oh my gosh…that would be perfect! I’m calling around right now, thanks for letting me know about that maybe I can use some of my negotiating skills to get some lower prices lol
Post # 7
It is 100% their responsibility to fix them if they gained weight… I told my BM’s form the beginning to order a size up just in case or keep going to the gym because there was no time for second dresses… sorry this happened- but tell them to figure it out!
Post # 8
@kingytobe: yeah, the two bridesmaids who’s dresses don’t fit, are my sisters so if I don’t pay for the alterations then my mom will and she has enough to worry about covering 1/3 of my reception venue and florist :-/
So…it looks like most places aren’t willing to do a corset back, in a short amount of time…under $100 per dress. I’m ready to throw up from stress now.
Post # 9
I would have your girls find a local seamstress or even a cleaners and not tell them you need the alterations yesterday. I believe one Bee from LA indicated that she had a seamstress in Wilmington that handled more than wedding dresses.(Check out the thread alteration thread in LA/OC) Anyone who handles a prom dress would be able to work their magic on the dresses.
BTW- I had to lose weight for a BM dress because it was way 2 small when it came in. I starved myself and wore a corset. I was soo happy when the wedding was over so I could breathe.
Post # 10
Oh no! Hope this all works out!
Post # 11
I recently had a corset back put in a BM dress I was wearing. It cost $85, which is definitely more than I wanted to pay, but needed it to fit. I would imagine depending upon where you’re located that would be an average cost.
Post # 12
This might sound really oaky, but if you absolutely cannot afford to get a corset back put in go to a fabric store and buy a pack of grommets (the metal holes corsets lace up with) and a grommet press (usually about $20 altogether) and some lacing (about $2-3 a yard) and make a makeshift corset in their dresses yourself. I’m sure you could youtube a video on how to install grommets and it doesn’t have to be super amazing- after all it’s their fault they gained weight!
Post # 13
Depending on how much putting a corset in would cost you could also just try and find coordinating dresses off the rack!?!?!
Post # 14
As an alternative to grommets, you could also buy some sort of silk cording, and then simply sew little loops of it to the edge of the dress, and lace the ribbon/cord/whatever you want to use through those loops instead of grommets.
Post # 15
If you can’t easily get a corset put into the dress, would it help if they got a body slimmer of some sort? I’ve heard mixed reviews about Spanx slips and tops, and I’m going to try out this to go under my wedding dress. I don’t know if it would, um, suck in your bridesmaids enough to let their dresses zip, but there might be something out there…?
Post # 16
Ohh good call, I didn’t even think of that, that would probably be a lot less trouble if you’ve never grommetted something before!