I hate my wedding dress alterations!!

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Eeeek – sorry you’re going through this. How stressful!

What kind of back does the dress have? A reputable seamstress should be able to either change it to a corset back or add some give around the zipper. You could also try a minimizing bra – although if it’s too tight over the ribs as well, that’s not going to be much help 

As for the length – wait til you get the chest sorted, but if it’s still too long, are taller heels an option? 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Whetkat1485:  First off, gorgeous dress – you are going to look amazing!

Second, I’m afraid I wouldn’t have much confidence in your current seamstress to rectify this, if I were you. It’s not a disaster and I certainly don’t think it looks that bad, but I also know that if it were me, I would not be happy! It does need to come out a bit at the top again, and there’s no reason why she shouldn’t be able to do this… unless she cut it. Which she really really shouldn’t have.

I hate to say it, but if I were you, I’d probably take it to a different seamstress at this point. If she’s saying she can’t alter it again, I wouldn’t like to force her into it. Hopefully it will just be a minor adjustment at the top and then it will be the right length again too. It sucks to spend more $, but is probably far preferable to risking an even bigger problem.

So sorry you’re having to deal with this, but no matter what you are going to be a gorgeous bride in that dress. Good luck, and let us know how you get on!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Whetkat1485:  Oh, and I totally meant to say that diet should not even be in your vocabulary! You’d be putting yourself under waaaaay too much pressure for no good reason, plus you look amazing as is. This is definitely a situation where the dress needs to be altered to fit you, and not vice versa 🙂

Post # 7
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450 posts
Helper bee

This is why I gave up on strapless dresses because every time I liked one it was too big but when I had it fitted to the bust so it didn’t fall down then I ended up with armpit fat!

Post # 8
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519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Honestly, I don’t think it’s bad. And, as someone who wore a strapless dress and wished my seamstress would have made it tighter in the chest, you really don’t want it to be too big. It will stretch out some over the day as you wear it. You are by no means fat, and I think you are over-analyzing your so-called armpit fat 🙂 

Post # 10
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1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Whetkat1485:  Try a NuBra, I found it worked really well for me and didn’t budge throughout the day. If you are worried about keeping it in place you can also wear a good strapless bra on top of the NuBra. You can angle it to push up your ladies and minimise any armpit fat if you scoop it from the side.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

I think it looks much better through the hips after the alteration! Hopefully she can undo the bust alteration to avoid pinching near your arms. The change in length is disappointing, perhaps or can be hemmed a second time?

Post # 13
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1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Whetkat1485:  oh, I really feel for you but wish you weren’t so worried/disappointed, as you are going to look amazing. A couple of things to keep in mind…

I don’t think you can compare the shape between your before and after photos. In the first you are standing (possibly on a podium?) with the dress perfectly fanned out whereas in the second, you have much less space on the ground for it to sit correctly and the length is wrong due to the fit at the top. Next time you try it on, put your heels on, clear yourself some space, get someone to fan the bottom for you, and then take a photo. I bet you will see much more of the silhouette you like after that.

I think you look great as is, but shape wear will definitely smooth out your curves and give you an extra killer look. I think you’ll feel more confident once you try it all on together. Also, maybe see if you can try a variety of strapless bras as slight changes in the fit can make a big difference to how everything sits.

Since you asked, on a scale of 1 – 10 of badness, I think this is a 0.5 at most. We are soooo our own worst critics and I think you look beautiful. I just know that if it were me, I’d want the ultra perfect fit too, and I think you can get it with some further alterations. If you didn’t change anything though, you would still look stunning and no one would ever suspect it wasn’t how you wanted. 

Please please please rest assured that this is going to be fine, and totally come back and vent if you need more support. The bees are always ready and waiting to remind you how gorgeous you and your bridal look is, especially when the stress kicks in and you forget it yourself. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Newbee

You do not need to lose any weight! You need to find a different seamstress who is familiar with formal fabrics. As a previous poster said the back can be made into a corset or failing that it could have gussets added (extra panels of fabric to widen the bodice) that if done properly will look seamless and organic to the gown. I would alter the hem length until you have the fit that’s perfect for your body, since fit alters the length. 

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