Post # 1
For my bridesmaid’s dresses, I had picked out three different Ann Taylor dresses in the Pacific Blue color. All the bm’s can pick from one of the three dresses.
Well, I just got a phone call from one of my bridesmaids today. She got her dress in (the v-neck style) and it doesn’t fit. It’s the biggest size she can order. It fits around her waist and hips but it does not fit around her bust and shoulders.
I called Ann Taylor tonight and they said I could order extra fabric so maybe we could add the fabric through some alterations and make it fit?
Has anyone else been in this situation or have any ideas for what I could do? (Also, my wedding is 8/1/09 so if I switch dresses, I have to rush!)
Post # 3
Oh that’s so unfortunate! Hmm.. depending on the number of BMs (and if they’ve all picked out their dresses already) it sounds like an alteration is your only option! Hopefully it won’t ruin the integrity of the dress or cost too much 🙂
It seems like a large chest is a blessing & a curse sometimes! I wouldn’t know… I know I’m going to need padding in my dress lol.
Post # 4
Thanks for the post, RecessionistaBride! I wouldn’t know either…I want the seamstress to sew double cups into my wedding dress!
Post # 5
Altering looks like the only way to go – but how small is it on her? If it’s not too too small, there’s usually some room to release in the seams. But the tricky part would be the shoulders. It might alter the shape of the dress overall, is she okay with that? Alterations might cost a bit too…but def possible.
Post # 6
Thanks, pinkparfait! I’m thinking that altering is the only way to go too. I hope she is comfortable with this idea. I didn’t see the dress on her so I am not sure just how small it is on her–and I felt bad asking!
When I talked to the Ann Taylor customer service person last night, she mentioned we could get about 1/8 in per seam…not much at all!
Post # 7
Oh no! This situation has to be handled with extreme sensitivity. Your poor BM!
If they can’t make it work, would you consider changing dresses? If they can only add 1/8 per seam is it worth it? Hmm… are you sending the dress to Ann Taylor or taking it to a local seamstress? The local one could possibly work wonders with the dress or ruin it. If you know a good seamstress- run it by her before sending it to Ann Taylor. Oh geez… decisions, decisions!
Post # 8
i had this happen as a bridesmaid. we ordered dresses on clearance and mine was way too small. we opened the seam on the sides under the arms and added the sash from the dress to both sides. it looked great! I’m sure a good seamstress can save the day.