Post # 1
I know there are a LOT of you who have worn J. Crew Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, so I turn to you for advice…
The bride chose Sophia in Chartruese, which I’m alright with. But either they run small or I’ve gained more post-wedding weight (without a bun in the oven) than I thought! The zipper went up halfway, and, well, let’s just say the sight was not very pretty.
The website says that it can be let out a little bit on the seams, so do I try that and spend money on a seamstress? Or do I continue my prowl on Ebay, Craigslist, and other forums for a size up? I’ve lost 5lbs since I tried on the dress, but I think most of that is my tummy and not my bust (which is perfectly fine by me except that it doesn’t help my dress problem).
I shall try to lose more weight for this July wedding, but I thought I’d turn to the hive and get some advice. Thinking about the cami we’re wearing underneath, plus being swollen from the heat, made me a little overwhelmed again… Help?
Post # 3
The sophia is lovely, but the cut on that dress is not forgiving! From personal experience, the problem tends to be if you gain weight in your chest, or around your bra area. I went up a cup size (stupd BC pills) and suddenly I couldn’t zip that dress up for anything! Try it without a bra maybe?
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown
My sister’s wearing that style for my wedding and she’s got the opposite problem. Her’s fits everywhere but the chest. I told her to stuff. I think the sizes are odd. Good luck. I agree with AprilBride10, try without the bra.
Post # 5
Jcrew is good with returns…between my wedding and a friend’s wedding I was in, I bought and returned at least 6-7 dresses. You could just order a couple sizes and return what doesn’t fit (and if you buy during one of their free shipping times you’re not out any money). You could also do this to determine what size you would need and then try and see if you could find it used on ebay for cheaper and return all the store bought dresses. This is all assuming that they don’t carry the dresses in a store near you (they’ve started stocking them in some stores).
I have the Sophia, and I don’t think there’s enough seam allowance to let out if the dress won’t even zip up. If it were just snug, then maybe. I’m not at home looking at the dress though, so I can’t say for sure.
Post # 6
Call JCrew. If they still sell that bridesmaids dress, you could exchange the one you have for a bigger size.
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestions, ladies!
I also tried the no bra, and it’s a no-go. 🙁
The last time I called JCrew, they said that they were trying to clean out their stock of these. Since they’re not online anymore (NONE in chartreuse), what is a girl to do?
Post # 8
Do you have any extra fabric? Any from an inside hem? If not,I’d take it to Joann’s or Hancock’s and find same color fabric and see if a seamstress can work some magic on the dress near the zipper area.
We’re having JCrew dresses and so far, i think they’re all going w/ the Juliet dress. The sophia is beautiful though.
Do call them and see if there’s any dresses left. I really like their customer service btw.
Post # 9
I would search on ebay and see if you could get a size up before you go to the seamstress about letting it out. The good news is that before you go through the alterations, you could probably just take the dress to a seamstress and have her or him look at it and just let you know if they can do it.
Have you tried Spanx? I know that there are some new camis that also help to slim, could you replace the cami you have to wear under the dress with one of the slimming ones? Or a body suit? For me, Spanx usually sucks me in enough that I can fit into stuff that just slighty too small.