Post # 1
I am wondering if anyone has had this problem and can help.
My daughter ordered a Maggie dress ‘Olivia’ which looks gorgeous on her… but she is unhappy with the fit of the bodice.
The sample instore was a size 8 and fitted perfectly, but she was persuaded to order a size 10.
Now it has arrived there is far too much space in the bust and when we went for the fitting she was totally demoralized by talk of stuffing the bodice to fill the space. When we asked about having the dress altered we were told by the fitter that she would/could not touch the bodice.
Pulling it tighter seems to result in the armpit ‘bulging ‘ over the top of the dress, while still leaving the boob area unfilled.
Any ideas/suggestions? I would even pay for another to be sent if I knew we could solve the problem that way, but time is too short. HELP PLEASE!!!!
Post # 3
Is the size 8 sample still at the store? If it still fits perfectly, you might be able to rush order it (I know some bridal designers do this). When is the wedding? I would hope that the store would offer to put the cost of the larger dress toward your new order. But looking at the dress, I see why a seamstress would hesitate to touch the bodice. The motif really need to be made smaller to fit a smaller bust, and that would mean redoing all the beading…otherwise it will look too wide.
If your bridal salon can’t/won’t help you out, maybe you could try online. This might not be the best site to the UK, but it looks like they have a super rush option for 20 days:
Post # 4
I would suggest calling around to other seamstresses to see what they can do. I think that most people would be able to alter the bodice (especially a bridal salon seamstress!!!!) if the dress has seams down the sides, which I’m guessing it does. Even though its complicated, a bridal salon seamstress should be experienced enough to handle it!
Rather than stuffing the dress, has your daughter considered adding cups to the inside of the dress? This isn’t really "padding" the dress, but would allow for a little more shape up top.
Post # 5
Will they let you buy the sample size 8 and trade it for a 10? Make a big stink about how the lady talked you guys into it, and you shouldn’t have listened to her, etc.
Sometimes the samples look ok, you know? But only if it’s really really clean. The dress might be able to be taken in on the sides or have the corset brought in from the sides of that. Putting cups in is pretty common, a few friends of mine have had to have those added in.
The salon should bend over backwards to help. They talked you into ordering a larger size, so now they have to help fix it as far as I’m concerned. Good luck! Maybe you can find a salon that has a size 8 on order and you can swap? This would be possible if it’s a common Maggie style! Surely somebody else out there is ordering a 10 and you can have them order you an 8, right?
Post # 6
Thank you all for your ideas, which are great!! You have cheered me up.
I will phone the store tomorrow and talk about swapping for a size 8. If that doesn’t work we will try and find another seamstress. The idea about the side seams sounds workable. And you are right…fitting cups sounds better then ‘stuffing’!!!!
my daughter’s wedding is june 27 and looks like you are all about to get hitched round about the same time. Hope your plans are all going well…wishing you all the best for a wonderful day.
Just out of interest I will post any progress
Post # 7
good luck and good choice (i’m a maggie bride too.) does the dress come with a corset back option? If you rush order the size 8 that will eliminate the need for a lot of fitting!
Post # 8
I got a size 8 Maggie, and it fit well everywhere except the top few inches. Even though I’m not small chested, it still flared out. My dress had a lot of beading, but the seamstress had no problems with taking it in and did a great job. If they aren’t able to give you a size 8, I definitely think that you should be able to find a seamstress who is willing and able to help you adjust the dress so that it fits.
Post # 9
I am wearing a maggie mia gown by Maggie Sottero. Store sample was a size 4 it fit like glove and that is what I ordered. It is in and is perfect. I find that many bridal places will suggest you order up because it means they make more $ on alterations. I highly suggest she order an 8. If the sample is a 8 and it fits her why would they have her order up a size?