Post # 1
The “before” was the dress in the shop.
All I changed was the color (white to champagne,) the pattern of lace, and the sash.
But to me, it looks like a lot more was changed.
The bottom is waaay more poofy, and the waist is up higher, making me look like a big ol’ cow.
I’ve only gained 3 lbs, and 0 inches since the ‘before’ picture, and I feel like the “After” dress makes me look like I’ve gained 20lbs.
I’m in tears, but haven’t told anyone how I really feel because I don’t know what to do.
Should I leave it alone, or should I contact the dress shop and have them make me another one with a lower waist?
Post # 3
Honestly, I think the “after” picture looks so much better than the “before”! The dress hugs your body better and your boobs look great!
Post # 4
It defintiely looks different, but I LOVE it! You look fantastic and I really love the changes that you made. I also second what @boogiewoogies said about the boobs, hahaha!
Post # 5
@LadyMoriarty: Is this a replica dress that you had made?
The before dress is A Line. There is no gathering at the waist- just a flat panel of fabric.
The after dress has a gathered skirt sewn on to the bodice.
The before dress has a cummerbund style sash that is completely above your natural waist.
The after dress has a ribbon that sits at the natural waist.
The before dress fits better than the after dress in the area with the illusion fabric and at the top of the bodice.
Post # 6
I see what you mean about it looking poofier on the bottom. Is there a layer underneath that can be removed? Honestly, both look great and the champage is very pretty. You don’t look bigger, but I do understand your frustration.
Post # 7
@LadyMoriarty: The second pic looks like it was taken at a different angle and distance than the first. I’d take more pics and play around with distamce and angles. They can also remove some of the poof by taking out crinoline. The beld on the second does look look lower than the first, but not by much. You could probably have it raised if it really bothers you.
FWIW, I think you look beautiful. I love your dress. Its retro wonderful
Post # 8
The sash in the first picture makes your waist look smaller, IMO.
Post # 9
@julies1949: No, it was a custom design from Dolly Couture 🙂
Post # 10
@LadyMoriarty: I adore the “after” dress. I agree with PPs, I think it flatters your body even more than the “before” dress. But it’s really about how you feel about it! You’re the one who has to wear it, so if you don’t like it, change it!
Post # 11
I’m no expert but based on the pics, I think the thicker sash on the before pic helped your torso look longer. I don’t think you look like you gained weight. I really think it’s just the placement and the width of the sash that affected the waist area.
I think it looks beautiful on you! It could also be the angle of the shots. Maybe just get a sash similar to the before pic to also cover the lower waist?
Post # 12
@Bridey77: Thank you 🙂 I see what you’re saying about the angle in which the picture was taken. I didn’t even think about that. I’m sure that’s a major factor.
There’s so much “stuff” underneathe the dress that wasn’t in there before and it just poofs off way too much and I feel like it makes me appear wider. Maybe I’ll contact them and ask them to take some of that stuff out.
Post # 13
@bridetobee16: +1. I don’t think the waist is higher on the second dress, I think it’s the thinner sash that makes it look that way.
Post # 14
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I think the way you’re tamping down the dress with your hands in the first one is what is making the shape look different.
Post # 15
@boogiewoogies: Seconding this.
The second dress looks so much better than the first. You’re right that they don’t look like the same dress- but yours is an improvement over the sample.
I also don’t think the waist is actually higher, it just appears that way due to the style and position of the narrower sash. Which again, I think is an improvement on the original.
Are you wearing any kind of girdle/foundation garment under it? That style of natural-waisted, full-skirted dress really calls for a serious, past the hips girdle to be most flattering, regardless of the wearer’s body size. If you don’t already have one, I would get one and try the dress on again with it.
Post # 16
I personally like the poofier appearance of the second dress, the dress seems fuller and almost classier than the first dress. I really couldn’t tell that there was any weight difference between pictures, you certainly don’t look 20 lbs heavier in that picture like you think!
I can understand how you feel though, I had a dress that had a little extra poof right where the skirt began and it made me feel HUGE! I think they should just look at seeing what they can do to flatter the appearance, I love the placement of your sash, it seems perfect.