Post # 1
Alright all you wonderful Bees,
I am having a minor panic attack about my dress. Here’s why: I tried it on in California, and bought it there. However, I live in Colorado. When it got delivered and I tried it on, I noticed that there seemed to be a crease right under my stomach, very awkward place (See pic). I was told by the ladies in my shop out here that it would get more relaxed and go away 1)after it was steamed an 2) after it had been on for a while and had a chance to get stretched out a bit. I trusted them, because they have seen a million dresses. But now I am having second thoughts. Every other pic I have seen of my dress (model and real bride alike) does not have this problem. And now that I really examine the problem, it seems like there is a real possibility of it being caused by the under layer of fabric being stitched improperly. Looking at the picture, it seems like there is too much of the under layer and that is causing the bubble. Could I see if they would cut out a small section and stitch the hole together? What should I do??? I love my dress, but I really don’t want that crease there on the wedding day! What if it is really an issue, it isn’t like I want to steam my dress early and wear it around a bit to see if they are right, but do I have any other options? In addition, I am leaving town for two months and won’t return til 2.5 months before the wedding, so if I have to get a new one, it will cut it really close! Help, what should I do????
Post # 3
Yeah–that is wrong and has nothing to do with “relaxing”. Take it to a seamstress immediately and get his/her advice. It might be a quick fix. Otherwise, the original bridal salon needs to see about it getting replaced.
Post # 3
I would get a second opinion from a REALLY experienced seamstress…one that is not associated with your bridal shop so she will be honest. It might in fact be fixable with a good steaming…but if it is he stitching you need to know sooner than later and a seamstress will be able to tell you…and would probably be able to fix it too! Also I don’t think the crease is too bad but if it is something worrying you you should get it checked out.
Post # 4
@fvsoccer: if the wedding date next to your screen name is correct than you have time, so I would say don’t panic just yet 🙂
I would trust the shop and wait to see it after it is steamed and pressed, I know it is stressing and hard to believe but I have a feeling it will be just right for your wedding day. I wish you luck with that!
I second the other bee saying to get a second opinion if it really bothers you and you can’t 100% trust the shop.
btw you look so beautiful in the dress.
Post # 5
I was under the impression that usually bumps like that are caused by some weirdness with how they are sewn. I would go back and take a closer look. Maybe you should have it pressed. That way you can see if it is a real problem.
Post # 6
I’d talk with a reputable, independent seamstress/alterations company and see what they say about it. I’d show the picture to the original shoppe and ask for some money back for the problem you now have to fix.
Post # 7
@fvsoccer:Don’t stress!!! Take it to a reputiable seamstress. I have never seen a dress that was shipped look that way. But it could just need to relax anything is possible.
Post # 8
Just an edit on the first post.
1)The bridal shop that is consulting me now did not sell me the dress, so they have more of an incentive to tell me I need to find a new dress than telling me to not worry about it and it is an easy fix.
2)I know I have five months (today, yay!) until the wedding, but while I am out of town (two full months) I won’t be able to take care of this. So I have to decide soon what to do, because if it comes down to getting a new dress, I’ll only have 2.5 months to do it once I get back in town.
Thanks bees! You’re helping by sharing your experiences and wisdom!!! 🙂
Post # 10
Have you contacted the salon that sold you the dress yet? I’d be interested to see what they say!
Post # 11
I used to make costumes for theatre (totally different, I know!) but I know that those little ‘ploopas’ in the belly section are from the seams on the sides. If the seams are not fit specifically to your hips/belly section the fabric has to get the slack from somewhere to fit it (in your case, right above the lil bump)
If it is a very minor amount of fabric being stretched to fit steaming the seams will eliminate the problem because it allows them to relax. The size of yours looks like it may need alterations to the seams though- speak to a VERY experienced and trusted seamstress or tailor (preferrably with references on hand) and get their opinion (with the dress available for them to see). If they think the mistake is actually a factory miscalculation during the construction process you need to go back to the bridal salon immediately, but most like it is something that is a relatively easy fix =)
You have tons of time, don’t stress out! <3 good luck!
Post # 12
@Georgia Bee: I agree. Get a pro to look at it (maybe even two) that you trust and see what they say. It may take a combo of steaming, wearing, and alterations to get it right. I would also contact the shop if it’s a manufacturing issue and try and get some money back, at least the cost of what it will take to correct the bump.
Post # 13
I’m sure you paid quite a bit for your dress. It’s not like getting a sweater at TJMaxx for 20 dollars that has a little pull in it that you just ignore. The shop should either be fixing it now in a way that is acceptable to you or contacting the manufacturer and getting you a replacement.
I had a get a replacement and despite waiting 4 months to get my initally flawed dress the turn around to get a replacement from the manufacturer was about 2 weeks.
I’m sure it will all work out. Don’t stress too much.
Post # 14
So just an update about the situation. Sorry, I forsee it will be long!
I called the bridal salon in Cali (I am in Colorado) where I ordered my dress. The short hand of it went like this:
Me: “My dress looks like it was put together wrong. Can I get a replacement or have your salon fix it? After all it is a manufacturer defect…I received it 3 months ago and had it bustled”
Shop: “Oh well Allure only lets you return it within 30 days of receipt, and because you altered the dress (bustle) any guarantee is void and we don’t have to fix it for free”
So, I decided it was time to come up with a plan B. I headed to a few dress shops in town to try on the things that I didn’t try on the first time that I love and might love more than my original dress. These are a few styles:
I found out that I had actually made a really great choice, even if it was the 4th dress I ever tried on. This brings me to the next step. Now I must take my current dress to the most skilled seamstress in town tomorrow, bright and early, to see if she can do anything about the lump. If not, it looks like I will be ordering the same thing again!
Post # 15
I would try contacting Allure directly, hopefully they will want to keep good word of mouth and will help you out!