Post # 1
I ordered my dress back in November, and it came in a couple of weeks ago (February). When I went in for the first fitting, I could barely get it zipped, and when I did zip it, I couldn’t breathe!
I was worried that this would happen, because when the store owner took my measurements, she said I was a size 4, but that is my “street size,” and I had always been told that wedding dresses typically run 1-2 sizes small. (The dress is Allure Bridals http://wedding.ustcan.com/wedding-dresses/designer/allure-bridals/dress/v-neck/mermaid/floor-length/8634/ )
However, the owner insisted I was a 4, and that’s what she ordered. So now, I’m not sure how to proceed with the small dress. I don’t think that losing weight would help — I’m 5’8″ and 125 lbs. — it’s like my bone structure is literally just too big for the dress.
The store owner assured me that she could let it out a couple of inches, but I don’t know if I trust her (I feel like she already ordered me the wrong size dress when she assured me it was the right size, so why should I trust her to let it our properly?) The straps of the dress are too short as well, which makes the arm hole too tight, so the straps would need to be lengthened.
I asked her if she could send it back to get a new one, and she said no, that they would be able to fix it. But I’m nervous!
Has anyone else had a dress that was too small? Were you able to let it out?
Post # 3
My mom is a seamstress and it can be done, but I understand how you wouldn’t trust them after all that happened. Are they going to charge you to let the dress out? I sure hope not.
Either way, alterations done by the dress shops tend to be more expensive than independent alteration shops. My mom gets all sorts of botched dresses needing reconstruction and the brides are often disappointed that they paid more than they should have at the bridal salon.
If you do decide to go elsewhere though, make sure you do research and read reviews! The dress can be let out, but a good seamstress makes all the difference. Good luck (the dress is beautiful)!
Post # 4
My mom worked at Kleinfelds for years and she says it can be done.
I would look for a different seamstress though. I feel like, well I don’t like to think bad of anyone, but she may have intentionally ordered the wrong size so that you would have to pay to get it altered. I’ve read stories of some bridal shops intentionally ordering wrong sizes just for that purpose.
She should offer to fix it at no cost to you, but I would still look for a different seasmstress.
Post # 5
I thought that typically they would order the dress that would fit your largest measurement and then take in the rest. So if your hips are a size 6 but your waist is a size 4, you order a 6 and take in the waist.
Since you got it zipped, it sounds like it is just a little too small which can be adjusted, but if you haven’t changed sizes, I would insist that the shop pay for letting it out as it was their mistake.