Post # 1
My dress came in the mail this past weekend. (I bought it at a salon in VA, and they shipped it to me.) I can’t get into a fitting with a local seamstress I found until next week, but I’m starting to get very nervous.
I could have bought my gown off the rack, but the salon manager convinced me to order a custom cut, even though the size 8 fit me very well and would only need a few minor tweaks. And now my “custom cut” dress is probably about an inch off through most of the bodice, and at least 4 INCHES too big in the bust. Really? How does that happen?! That’s such a huge error in construction to me, especially because my receipt says to allow “+/- 1 inch” in measurement. I mean…I could stuff like two stuffed animals down my bra at this point.
My concern is that there is a continuous pattern of lace and beading across the bodice. I’m starting to get antzy waiting for my fitting. Has anyone else had to take a gown’s bodice in that much? Did it have beading or lace that had to be cut?
Post # 3
You should call the salon and inquire. Maybe they can offer to make you a new one with rush if it’s their mistake or the designer’s mistake.
Post # 4
@Bazingau: I did contact the salon in Virginia today. However, my wedding is just over a month away. They would probably need 4-5 months to do a rush order on a new dress. The salon in Virginia told me all they could do is ship the gown back to the manufacturer to be inspected and fixed, but even that would take several months. So pretty much, if the seamstress in Ohio can’t fix it, I’m SOL.
Post # 5
Honestly, I’d return your dress to the shop and have them send you their dress off the rack. How in the hell did the manufacturer manage to add FOUR INCHES to a custom sized dress? Measurements are not arbitrary.
And wow, 4-5 months for a rush? My dress came regular in 4 (though it’s fairly simple).
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
It can be altered, and how much a dress comes in does not determine the cost. The number of seams that have to be opened determines the cost. It’s amazing what they can do with lace and beading. I never thought that my dress for my first wedding could possibly look the same after alterations because it was SOOOO big, but when it was done, it looked like it was custom made to fit me and the beading and applique was perfect.
Post # 7
@vorpalette: “How in the hell did the manufacturer manage to add FOUR INCHES to a custom sized dress? Measurements are not arbitrary.”
That was my question, and the woman I spoke to at the shop seemed fairly caught off guard by the difference as well. She kept confirming with me…”Are you sure it’s 4 inches? So you can pull out at least an inch on each side?” Yep. It’s that much. Because they wrote the measurements down correctly, I think they’re taking the “This is the manufacturer’s fault, not ours” route, so they aren’t giving me the option to exchange.
I’m kind of hoping it can be fixed just because I ordered my dress without the cathedral train, which means it was made with a lot of the lace placed on the skirt instead of the train. (For reference, my dress is here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-dress-casablanca-2033.) If the seamstress I’m meeting can’t fix it, I’m probably going to call them and push them to exchange their dress for mine and just hack the damn train off, lace or no. I was amazed they said it would take at least 2 months to send it back to the manufacturer to be fixed, so a re-do seemed pretty out of the question, I guess. Sigh.
@mrsSonthebeach: Thank you, that makes me feel better about the situation knowing you had dress success!