Post # 1
So I picked up my dress today and paid the final bill for my dress (didn’t really have a choice bcs the seamstress doesn’t have the time and she charges by the hour so I think I just mentally gave up in my appt) but I am still disappointed and don’t know what to do. I feel like the dress isn’t very flattering on me overall, and makes me look heavier than I am. But MOST concerning is that the satin lining puckers EVERWHERE! It puckers and pulls all over the front, the bodice, the sides and I think really shows through the lace overlay. I’m not sure what to do. The dress puckered under the bust and looked heavy even before alterations…but with each fitting that is done, the puckering got even worse and more prevelant. The seamstress said that the heavy satin fabric will naturally do this and is unavoidable and there is nothing she can do. She said not even steaming or pressing will help it. Is this true? Any thoughts on this? The picture even washes out a lot of the puckering — it’s a lot worse in person!
Has anyone ever changed out their lining? I wonder if I need to replace the whole lining somewhere else all together but I only have 2 weeks left until the wedding so freaking out!
Any other thoughts and things you think I need to do to help improve the fit of this dress would be appreciated! Thank you all!
One last thing, do you think I should raise the sparkle belt higher? I wonder if it cuts too low and makes me look shorter?
Post # 3
@indecisivebee: I can see the puckering you are talking about, however, I still think the dress looks amazing on you.
Can you take it to another seamstress for a second opinion? How does the dress feel? Does it feel too tight? The issues around the bottom of the skirt you pointed out look like wrinkling. She said no amount of steaming would fix that? I think you should definitely get a second opinion on that. Hopefully someone on here can give you some better advice than I can so you can get it fixed.
Post # 4
Leave the belt where it is. If you can’t fix the dress in time, I wouldn’t stress too much, you still look great to me! The stress is stunning. But if theres a way you can get it to look how you want, go for it, I could see it looking much more natural and flawless without all the puckering.
Post # 5
@indecisivebee: As far as the belt goes, it I think it looks great where it is. You do not look short.
Post # 6
is the belt sitting at your waistline? i looks about 1 inch higher…
I would either go up for it to be under the bust or lower so it sits at your waistline
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
In reference to the line pointing at your hips – my seamstress told me that it’s pretty much unavoidable right there on a mermaid gown. Needing to be stretched tight across hips (characteristic of a mermaid) will just do that on a flat surface (flat tummy). You can maybe tug and smooth it out if it’s a looser fit, but you need to bend your waist eventually and it will come back. Happens to all of us!
You could visit another seamstress, but you risk it not being done on time or turning out worse in your opinion. Replacing the lining sounds like a really big job that would be impossible on only 2 weeks notice (but I’m no seamstress). She might be able to take out the lower side seam, but I wouldn’t ask for a really big project right now. Nothing is really noticeable, it just looks like a lovely wedding dress. We look at our own dresses much harsher than others, so I doubt anyone will see puckering at all (except at the altar. Badum-tsh; bad joke)
Post # 8
Coming from someone having similar obsessions, I think you/it looks fabulous. The ONLY pucker I even see is the third line down and its not bad.
Post # 9
I think you seamstress got lazy. If satin naturally puckers and there’s “nothing” she can do, then wouldn’t millions of brides have this issue when they alter a dress? She just doesn’t want to fix her sloppy work. I would ask for a refund and take the dress elsewhere.
Post # 10
Thanks for all your advice ladies! I love how quickly you can get opinions on here! I will go tomorrow to another alterations place and get a second opinion but don’t know if they are any good. I always hear of expert magical seamstresses on here that seem to fix everything by the time the wedding day arrives, but don’t think I will have such luck. I realize some puckering is natural, but on my dress it looks like it appears everrrryywhere. It seems like a bizarre problem bcs I searched on the boards here beforehand and dont really see anyone else having this much puckering on their dresses. I guess I will try to make the best out of it tomorrow! Thanks all!
@aggie2010: lol your joke was the first and only thing that has made me laugh today!!! thank you for your thoughts!
Post # 11
A) you look great so don’t stress out too much about the puckering. My dress puckers right at the hips exactly like yours and i too complained to the alterationist. Her response? “That’s a direct result of your hip flexors, there is no way to fix it”. And you know what? It was a logical explanation to me. The way that she helped to minimize the creasing was to pull the dress down from the layers inside of the dress. Ask your bridesmaids to help you out with this as you will not be able to do this on your own.
B) Leave the belt where it is. If you alter it any higher the belt will be right on top of your boobs. Not a good look.
Post # 12
steam it and see how it lays
Post # 13
Beautiful dress, but how does it close in the back? Corset or zipper? It looks to me like its sitting too low on you and needs to be hiked up and tightened. That in itself would make the hip area a little looser, but it also might make the dress too short for your shoes. Satin will always crease when you sit down, and no amount of steaming will fix it. Puckering is another issue entirely.
I’ll be curious to see what solution a new seamstress will suggest.
Post # 14
@indecisivebee: I’m sorry you aren’t 100% happy with it. You should be as it’s your wedding and your dress but I have to be totally honest with you. I do NOT notice it and when you’re walking around and moving…it will be even LESS noticeable.
Post # 15
I think it looks great. Can you get the bust lifted up a bit, and the belt?
No offense, the busty part of the dress (not you) looks flumpy?
Post # 16
I think it looks beautiful on you!! Try not to stress over it, you’ll look gorgeous whether your’re wearing a perfectly fit dress or a trash bag!