Post # 1
So when I first tried my dress on, the sample fit me perfectly. I fell completely in love with the dress. However, when I got MY dress in, it looked different on me. It seemed to sit higher up on me which made it less flattering. Going back, I love the way I look in my dress in the sample. (Which they don’t have anymore) I tried to show the difference to the women doing the alterations. She said she would let it out a little bit since maybe the sample dress was stretched out a bit. It still doesn’t look right. I’m going back tonight to pick it up. They were going to let it out a bit more, but I don’t know if that’s it…. or have I just gone crazy? My weight hasn’t changed at all. Bees, do you have any ideas? My wedding is in 17 days.
Post # 3
Dresses in the shops are just samples. They do measurements on you and order them from the designer and they are made to your measurments. That’s why it takes them a few months to come in. Only thing that’s not measured is your height. And the fact that that sample has been tried on many times, i’d have to agree with the woman on that. I like how it looks in the 2nd picture. The sample looks too loosely fit. The dress should be a great hugging fit to your body.
Post # 4
I can see where it sits a little higher up on your bust so I wonder if the straps on the sample were stretched out! Hopefully they’ll be able to fix it to how you would like it, but I think you look gorgeous in the dress regardless! You’ll make a beautiful bride!
Post # 5
@rickhurst35: The dress is from David’s Bridal. They don’t make it customized to your measurements, they just order it in the size that you choose. Thanks for the feedback!
@hawkeyebride: Thank you. 🙂
Post # 6
To me it looks like the straps (sleeves?) on the sample lay better. It does look like yours may be a bit tighter so the straps aren’t able to rest nicely on your shoulders like the sample did. Does that make sense? Also it looks like the little fans of lace on the neck line are missing on your dress. It may just be that they are tucked in but that might be something that is also making it look different to you. Fingers crossed it fits the way you want tonight!
Post # 7
I think it does sit the tinyest bit higher. However, I think the big difference you are seeing in how it flatters you is how the pic is taken. Your sample pic is taken from a side angle wheras your dress pics are taken straight on. Everyone looks thinner on the angle. So I wouldn’t stress yourself about it. I think you look beautiful in the dress.
Post # 8
You definitely are not imagining this. I can see clearly in these photos that the dress that you have is made differently than the sample gown, in several ways.
First of all, the ruching on the bodice of the sample gown is much smoother than the ruching on your dress. For lack of a better way to explain this, the pleating on the left (the left when looking at the photo, not from your own body’s perspective) is cleanly tucked under the pleating on the right in the sample dress. On your gown, however, the direction is reversed, (again, looking at the photo), with the right-side layer tucked under the left, but the transition and positioning of the two directions of pleats are not nearly as neat and smooth on your dress as they are on the sample gown.
Also, the straps/sleeves on your dress are longer than the straps/sleeves on the sample gown. Again for lack of a better way to explain this, the straps/sleeves on the sample gown almost appear to be nothing but part of the beautiful neckline of the dress. On your dress, they look more like loose straps, particularly in the close-up photograph. They appear to need to be shortened, and tightened in both length and direction so that they close in the neckline more. Perhaps if this alteration is made, the dress will sit higher on your bust, more like the sample that you loved.
ETA: Also, in the sample dress, the top (at the sides of your neck) of the sleeves/straps sits against your neck, almost like a short, Queen Anne’s neckline. They do not do this on your dress. That’s why I think that the length and angle of the sleeves/straps needs to be adjusted.
Post # 9
@Brielle: Thank you! I’ve been trying to figure out what was going on.
This is a side by side comparisson:
What can I tell the alterations people? Is there even a way to get my dress to look like the sample dress?
Post # 10
some camera (iphone) take mirror image photos so be careful that the difference you see isnt from the camera used
(my dance teacher records us w an apple computer and thos always teslly confused me )
Post # 11
It’s def the straps and it looks like the wrinkles in your current dress is messing the waist line too. Does David’s provide steaming for the dress? I would get that done professionally and see if that helps.
Post # 12
@RCH1286: Because I am not a seamstress, I’m not sure. However, I would show her exactly what you’ve shown us — this side-by-side comparison. She should pay particular attention to the neatness and flatness of the pleating/ruching on the bodice of the sample dress vs. your dress as well as the shape and angles of the “window” that is created above the bust/at the neckline of the sample dress. It is much more enclosed than it is on your dress.
I truly hope she is able to address these issues for you!