Post # 1
I have found an awesome seller with a beautiful Ethel for an amazing price – we’ve met, i inspected and tried on the dress and it fit beautifully everywhere except my bust/ribcage where I need more room. Did any of you take the bust out of a Vera Wang? Is there generous seam allowance? I’d love to hear your experiences with alterations. It’s a size 2, and i was very worried about my hips – but that was fine. I am only a 34b, so i was shocked that the bust was so small! If I could gain 2 inches in the bust in alterations, I would be very happy!
I hope to meet with a seamstress soon, but I’m in a new city and have to research a place that does bridal alterations and meet the seller there, so in the meantime, I’m hoping some bees can help 🙂
Post # 3
I’m surprised none of the other Bees have chimed in since having alterations done is the norm for most brides. I used to work as a bridal consultant so have seen a good amount of alterations being requested and done from our in house seamstress. We didn’t carry Vera Wang at the bridal store I worked at, although it would be safe to assume most designers will leave a bit of space inside the seams for dresses to be let out.
There are usually 3 options for letting out dresses in the bust area, from simplest method to more advanced (aka more costly).
1. Make dress bigger by loosening the seams inside the dress. This is assuming the designer of the dress have left some fabric space to do so.
2. Adding gussets. A triangular piece of fabric inserted right under the underarms to create more space. This is usually hidden and not very noticeable when on. The seamstress will either take matching fabric from the bottom of the dress or if the dress has an inside layer he/she can take the fabric from that too. Otherwise they will use a fabric as close to the dress color and type as possible.
3. And lastly, if the dress is a zip up you can opt to add a corset. This is the most costly choice and the one I wouldn’t recommend unless you need a lot of room in order to make the dress fit. I have only seem this done 3 times. The first was because a bride hated zip up backs and the other 2 were because both brides had baby bumps. 🙂
Hope that helps and also make sure you work with a seamstress that is reputable and/or has worked with bridal gowns before.
Post # 4
My dress was a Vera Wang (Eliza) and I had to have the bust let out a couple inches, I was nervous because the bodice was full lace, but it was done beautifully! I’m not sure how much it could have been let out, I didn’t ask, but it was enough for me 🙂