I was supposed to get married in June of 2017. I had two of my three scheduled fittings for my fit and flare lace dress when I had to unexpectedly cancel my wedding at the last minute. (Not reallly interested in getting into the details about that but, ya know… we plan and God laughs). Leading up to the wedding I was actively trying to lose weight & I had successfully lost almost 25 pounds by the time of my fitting
ANYWAY…. here I am almost 2 years later and I am FINALLY getting married this April. It will be a very small family-only affair, but I am really hoping to wear my beautiful dress which has been sitting in my parents house for so long. Here are my dillemas/questions for you ladies who have seamstress experience (or just life experience!)
I tried the dress on about 2 months ago and it seemed very far from zipping up. Granted… I was alone in my house and am not exactly a dress-zipping ninja, so that could have contributed to my struggles. I have not tried the dress on since, and have subsequently dropped about 9 pounds. (5’5 and 153lbs). Weight wise, I am maybe 5 pounds up from where I was during my fittings, and I plan to continue losing. Because this will be a very small family-only wedding I am not planning on advertising the fact that I am getting married to friends/family that won’t be invited. This poses a slight problem because I have no one close by that can help me zip up the dress, so I have no idea whether my inability to zip the dress up is weight related, due to my inability to zip it myself, or a combination of both.
Has anyone altered a dress down and then been forced to let it out again? Do seamstresses keep a little additional fabric for “just in case” scenarios? Has anyone thought their dress was too small but ended up just needing additional hands to get into it?
I’ve also heard that adding a corset back to a too-small dress could be an option. Has anyone done this? I’m struggling to imagine what that would look like on an all lace dress. Pictures are welcome!!
Thanks ladies! I was an avid weddingbee user up until I cancelled my wedding and you were all wonderfully helpful throughout the planning process. I’m glad to be back and to (hopefully) see it through this time!
Schedule an appointment with a seamstress/tailor–she/he will be able to zip you and give you much more information than we will. Fit isn’t just about weight, it’s about where the weight is; if you were more or less athletically toned when you last had it fitted, for instance, the dress would fit differently even at the same weight. Good luck!
Thank you for your reply! I will be going back to the bridal salon in late January/Early February for a consultation. (They did my original fittings). I’m just so worried that my weight is distributed differently now and there is nothing that can be done to salvage the dress. That would be especially painfully being so so close to the weight I was then! (Welcome to my thirties, I guess!)
take2bride : Why not go sooner just to get a better sense of what your options are? You may be stressing for nothing, or you give yourself more time to explore other options, either way the sooner you know the sooner you can deal with it.
Can you blindfold your fiancé and make him zip it up? If your the same weight 5lbs shouldn’t make huge difference I wouldn’t worry about it. I think most of my dresses in my closet I couldn’t zip up on my own cause you have to hold it up and pull the zipper straight type of thing.
Do any of the family members who are invited to the wedding live nearby, e.g. your mom or a trusted aunt or something? If so enlist them to help. If not, I second the recommendation to get to the seamstress as early as you can.
If you don’t go to the seamstress until Feb and the wedding is in April, then you’d have very limited options if you wait till then – you’d pretty much have to go with a dress that can be ordered off the rack. Whereas if you ordered a dress from a bridal salon now, you could probably get rush shipping and have it in time.
beethree : I know you’re right… I guess I’m sort of hoping that I can lose enough weight by then that it won’t be a problem! (ignorance is bliss, right?!). When I reached out the the alterations dept. that was the timeline that they told me to come in. I might re-think that though and go in earlier. thanks!
heatdisneybride : I thought about that, but he is way too observant lol.. I know he’s be ticking off everything he can feel about the dress lol. “hmm, lace”. “fitted, not poofy” etc. He doesn’t know anything about the dress and I’m ::trying:: to keep it that way!
browneyedgirl24 : Thank you! I think I will be able to get some help over the Xmas holiday. I know I should probably make it in sooner rather than later. I’ll see how it zips over Xmas and then make a judgment call then!
I got over zealous when I ordered my dress and ordered the smaller of the sizes I was between and subsequently gained weight. I had a corset put in, and I’m actually so glad I did. I had a ballgown, and it made the top of my dress so much tighter. The corset basically just was a V shape and didn’t look that bad, but it obviously wasn’t the dress I bought. I also paid a pretty penny for them to put it in, so just a heads up!
My alterations person didn’t bat an eye when I asked for it, so I think it’s a reasonably simple request, albeit not cheap.
hoosierb : I’m glad to hear from someone who had it done! Luckily my alterations were one flat price if you chose the alterations department from Kleinfelds (where I bought my dress). so I won’t be on the hook if that’s what I end up choosing!
hufflepuffkatie : I was totally unclear in my original post. It WAS at my parents house for about a year and a half until I picked it up the last time I was there. I should have tried it on then but I’m a dumb dumb. I will see them over the holiday though so I will schlep it back and hope my mom can muscle me in!
The other great thing with the corset is the wiggle room it gave me – I knew my body could change a bit either way and still be totally fine. It gave me a lot of peace of mind leading up to the wedding!
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