Question about alterations and losing weight

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@NickysGirl14:  I have to have mine taken in 3 sizes at the bust area. My hips were a size 8 so I ordered a size 8 but my bust was between a 0-2. So I’m sure there will be lots of alterations. I say just keep plugging away at the weight loss, since you feel better and feel great about how much alterations your dress needs! 

Post # 4
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7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@NickysGirl14:  I haven’t, so hopefully other Bees can offer advice. BUT I know when I bought my dress I had planned to lose weight. They told me they could take the dress in 4 sizes, and that would be there cut off (David’s Bridal), at least for my particular dress. They could swap it out for a smaller size before alterations for me if I wanted to go that route.

Luckily I lost enough weight to fit comfortably in the dress and they didn’t have to take it in at all. However, I wouldn’t have slowed down my weight loss progress to accomodate my dress because being healthy was way more important to me than my dress.

 

Post # 5
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664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@NickysGirl14:  I’m in a similar situation. I took my dress to a seamstress a few months ago, I’m using a different seamstress now though.

My original seamstress told me it would not be a problem, and that most bridal gowns can be taken in at least 3-4 sizes (EX: Size 14 down to an 8, 3 sizes) before compromising the position of the boning and internal cups, and that some can be altered even smaller with no problems at all.

I would suggest you take your dress to your seamstress, or a seamstress that you are considering, so they may be able to offer you some suggestions based on your specific dress.

Post # 6
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3433 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Yep- I was in a similar boat, when I ordered my dress I knew I wanted to lose about 40 lbs before my wedding, I treid on a 16,I ordered a size down (14), and when it arrived we discovered they sent me the wrong size, and I got a 12 instead! which was was too snug. I continued to lose weight and my last 4 fittings (I did some major alterations besides taking it in) She had to keep shrinking the dress. At my last fitting the Monday before my Saturday wedding, my seamstress made me promise I wouldn’t lose any more weight before the wedding! Below is a mini-progression of my dress:

 

The Original Dress:

 

 

Size 16 in the store: 

 

Size 12 when it arrived:

 

Size 8/10-ish on my wedding day:

Post # 7
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566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@NickysGirl14:  i am a bit worried about that myself. i have a wedding dress that i ordered a while back (previous relationship/engagement) a size 14. fastforwad to the present and now that i am engaged again 🙂 – and i’ve lost over 30lbs since then, and probably 30 more when i do get married – i am kinda nervous on how the alterations will go. after watching SYTTD a woman in our similar position (she lost over 50lbs) had to pay over $400 to get the dress altered. her’s was a corset back and it had to be reset to her now small upper body. from what i see it CAN be done – it just might cost you a pretty penny.

Post # 8
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664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@ScubaSiren:  Keep in mind that Kleinfelds or Bridals by Lori (the SYTTD shops) are going to have higher alteration costs than an out-of-house seamstress. It all depends on the dress as well!

Post # 9
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566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@lanf5046:  thats true i hadn’t thought of that! i guess i heard that number and freaked out and had that $$$ in my mind. i should just ask my salon and see what they say so i am not guessing all the time 🙂

Post # 11
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7179 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@NickysGirl14:  it really depends on your dress and the material, structure, etc.  If you are using the seamstress at the bridal shop, talk to her.  When I bought my dress I told them I was losing weight but they suggested buying a dress that could barely fit (a 16) – by the time it arrived, the size 16 was too big and alterations would have been ridiculous and they ended up swapping it out with the vendor (the vendor ended up having a size 12 on a fluke).  the size 12 was too big too, but alterations on that were much easier than the 16.  I really think the shop owner didn’t believe that I woudl lose weight (I’m sure she hears that all the time) and was surprised with how much I lost in such little time.

Post # 12
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664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@ScubaSiren:  I had alterations sticker shock when Alfred Angelo quoted me for a hem and bustle before I knew my dress was too big… they quoted me over $275 just for those, and my taffeta dress only has a total of 3 layers I think.. maybe 4 depending on the crinoline.

Needless to say, I will be paying less than their quote for my seamstress to do a hem, bustle and take the dress in more than 3 sizes!

Please shop around for alterations!

Post # 13
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3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I bought the sample dress and it’s way too big. I’m going in the end of March to start alterations. I’ll be altering it about 6 sizes. 

Post # 16
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7179 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@NickysGirl14:  My guess is the bodice and boning would be the issues, if it needed to be taken in a few sizes.  Do yourself a favor and start researching for seamstresses and find one you want to use to talk to BEFORE you buy your dress (assuming you haven’t already bought it).  They are the ones that will be working with the dress and the ones whose input really counts!

 

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