Post # 1
i posted recently about how I had tried on my dream dress 3 years ago and it had been discontinued and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Well, I found one on craigslist in “my size” and snapped it up. Even with adding shipping, it was only $160, so I was over the freaking moon!
I got it today, and it’s too small. I wear a size 8 in street clothes, and 3 years ago when I tried it on in the store, I tried on a 6, and i could just barely squeeze in it, but I did (it was the only size they had to try on). I was a size 8 still then, but maybe 10 lbs thinner. So I thought getting an 8 in the dress would be fine now, but it’s not. I can get it on, but only zipped up about halfway, and it’s super snug (fits worse than the 6 did back then). And I honestly don’t feel like losing that 10 lbs will help make it fit, either.
Any chance it could be altered up a size at all? I have no idea how wedding dress alterations work.
I’m super bummed.
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
yeah bridal gown sizing is smaller than street clothing sizes. Most are 2-3 sizes up from your street clothes. How long until your wedding? Did you have proper undergarments on (spanx? corset?)? do you think you would want to lose weight to fit into it if you have time? or do you just need to look for another dress in the right size?
sizing up will have to depend on the dress and how much material is in the seams? you can take it to a good seamstress and she can evaluate it. If it’s a zipper, you can get a corset back put in and that will give you more room and more of a shapely figure as well.
Post # 3
Are you sure it was an actual 6 you tried on or did the place say it was the equivalent of a street size 6? Because if you were a street size 8, I’d be surprised if you squeezed into an actual 6.
Bring it into a seamstress and just see what they suggest. Hope it works out!
Post # 4
The tag on the dress said 6. I think I’ve just changed body shape and gone more soft/jiggly, so that 10 lbs looks like 20. I could lose the 10, but I don’t think it would make it fit the way I need it to. It’s around the rib cage that it won’t zip. I didn’t have a corset or spanx on, but then again, I doubt I could even get one on under the dress. It’s a zipper back (David’s Bridal style WG3028 if you want to google), and it doesn’t seem like there’s any extra fabric to let out. And to add to the issue, FI doesn’t like skinny girls and doesn’t want me to lose any weight anyway. (I’m 5’8″ and 150.)
I’m frustrated because this wedding is going to be the most shoestring budget ever. It’s going to be a beach wedding with just him and I, and we can’t afford a reception, so it’s bare bones. Hence why I thought it was the luckiest thing ever to get this dress for under $200. I can’t spend the money on another dress.
I have 10 months, so I’m sure I can lose weight and tone up, but there’s still my worry that it doesn’t fit mainly because of my rib cage, and that FI would think I looked sickly if I did lose weight.
Post # 5
DavidsBeachBride: I really wouldn’t lose weight just to fit into a wedding dress. Especially since you (and your FI) sound totally happy with your body. See what the seamstress says and maybe get a few second opinions if you’re not satisfied. I’m sure they could think of some creative solution, and if not, you could resell it and get a new dress.
Post # 6
There’s no way for us to know for sure, but you may be able to have the back of the dress made into a corset back. The person doing the alterations likely would have to add a fabric panel underneath, but it may be possible to do that. You may even be able to purchase a yard of the fabric from the desiger if the designer is still using that fabric, though, obviously the dye lots would not be the same.
Post # 7
- Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base
See a seamstress about adding a corset back. I have no idea what it costs but it may save your dress.
Post # 8
They may be able to remove the zipper altogether and replace it with a corset back.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Fort Lauderdale Beach
I agree on the corset back.
Post # 10
What a beautiful dress! Looking at the back i can’t see why they wouldn’t be able to make it into a corset back. If you are happy with the way your body is, don’t change for the dress, change the dress for you. Definitely visit a reputable seamstress, and if they say they can’t do it, get a second opinion. At least you have 10 months to get this sorted, so take a deep breath, and relax. A great seamstess can be a miracle maker, and i think that dress would look lovely with a corset back. Good luck with everything! x
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
I have a friend who ordered her dress several sizes too small to motivate herself to lose weight. Her body was fine as-is, but you know how people feel about wedding dresses. Got to the final fitting … no dice. Couldn’t even come CLOSE to getting it zipped up. A friend of her mother’s (professional seamstress) made it into a corset back on the fly and it looked STUNNING. Different from any other dress of that model, tucked her figure in all the right places, and of course closed all the way on her wedding day.So if your heart is set on this dress, try it like that.
Post # 12
DavidsBeachBride: Definitely take it to a good seamstress for an assessment. Most dresses can be let out a reasonable amount, and changing the zipper to a corset is probably a realistic option too. You can ask for estimates of how much it would cost and decide if it’s within budget before you start.
In regards to the dress not fitting in the first place, do keep in mind that the previous owner most likely would have had their own alterations done too (especially if it’s a zipper back). It’s common to buy the dress slightly bigger than you need and have it taken in, so that may have happened here (i.e. your size 8 dress may actually be a size 6 in some spots etc.).
Post # 13
Agreed! Definitely do a corset back. It is so much easier that day anyway to not worry about a zip dress fitting perfectly. BFF got married on Saturday and I nearly died when I couldn’t get it zipped even though we had the week before!
Post # 14
Thanks, all! I might try to lose a little bit, but maybe a corset instead of zipper would work. I just love all of the dress and don’t really want to change it 🙁
Post # 15
DavidsBeachBride: Girl, my dress was 2 sizes too small when I got it. Thankfull, my mother is a seamstress and was able to let it out to the max so that I could squeeze into it. I did NOT want a corset back. If it is your dream dress and you only paid $160 for it I say pay the money for some alterations!