New to the Hive- Pre-Owned wedding gown NIGHTMARE! Need advice!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Could you have a corset back put in?

Post # 4
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@CyberCyndee99:  Did you pay with Paypal? Lauch a dispute on the basis that she gave you the wrong measurements.

Post # 5
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@CyberCyndee99:  Maybe change it to a corset back and have a panel put in?

Post # 6
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@CyberCyndee99:  You probably won’t be able to fix anything for ‘free’, but take it to a seamstress and see what they suggest. They might be able to make it a corset back, or add some sort of extension under the armpit.

Post # 8
30 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Seamstress is the way to go. Try to go for somebody who does a lot of wedding dress alterations, if you can. She might have a sneaky way to fix it. So sorry about your dilemma, and good luck! *hugs*

Post # 10
193 posts
Blushing bee

i live in a rural area. as in Im 45 miles from any town, and there is no pop/soda machine in my zip code. none. just a post office.




That being said – the closest next door rancher (5 miles away) is making clothes for her daughters twins expected to be born the end of this year. Another rancher neighbor 10 miles west of us is beading a papoose for her latest – great grandchild arrival date October. And there is a hella lot of quilters in this county because the fair is always full of them. In fact the fair ride this year was a ride in the bucket thats used to check wires… i kid you not. And then theres all those 4hers teens who make their own clothes.. because the closest clothes store is almost 3 hours away. 








in looking at the dress, i would take out the lining on the sides (that fabric has great ruching and some give) and put in stretch panels underneath only on the side seams – you said before taking out the builtin you had 5’5 inches, with that out, you probably only need to go 2 inches out on either side – doable with a  stretch panel. most alterations are done underneath with the lining, trying not to touch the fabric above too much – thats why they usually order a dress thats closest to your dress side with the intent of altering it.




now go find yourself some rural mom grandmom next fashion designer! (((HUGS!)))






Post # 11
1548 posts
Bumble bee

@CyberCyndee9 take it to a seamstress, see if it can be made into a corset and let out a little

Post # 12
76 posts
Worker bee

@CyberCyndee99:  Do you have a few basic sewing skills and access to a sewing machine? You can buy actual corset kits and there are lots of Youtube videos on how to do it. I’ve seen kits that allow you to leave the zipper in place so if it doesn’t work out you haven’t destroyed it. I would recommend puting in a corset back before taking any seams apart.

Here’s a couple of places to start and you can Google for more:


Post # 13
1560 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@CyberCyndee99:  I have an Enzoani gown as well, and mine needed to be let out too.  Take it to a good seamstress, they can work miracles (try and find an independent person, not a chain store like David’s where you are on an assembly line).  There was plenty of fabric for her to work with and now my gown fits like a glove.

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