Alterations issues/advice

posted 3 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I have some experience with this as my dress was a similar shape and fit to yours (it was also strapless). I’m no expert, but I believe there will naturally be a bit of bunching on most dresses on most people (the models in the stock photos have hidden pins and tape etc). With a strapless dress, those wrinkles often come from a dress being too tight in a certain area actually. 

The dress really does look beautiful on you. I hope you can either learn to love it or figure out a way to change it! GL! 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Did you alter the back or ist hat how it’s sold? You definitely shouldn’t feel at risk of falling out of your dress after alterations, that’s absurd. 

If you did alter the back to be lower, there may not be a ton you can do, as it would have lost some of its internal structure. If you didn’t lower the back, then your seamstress just sucks. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

cactuslady87 :  In this case, I would go back to your seamstress and say that you want the bodice more fitted – are you able to do this yes or no. If she says no, then you can say thank you, I’ll take my dress back and take it to a different tailor. 

What kind of contract do you have with her? If you’ve requested from the start that the bodice be more fitted and she hasn’t done that, I wouldn’t pay her for that. Obviously pay for whatever she has done. You still have time (if your wedding is in june), so it’s not *super* crunch time, but I wouldn’t be waiting around for her. You as the customer should get what you want, and if thats not possible, a full explanation as to why (and there are some totally outrageous requests that seamstresses just CAN’T do – taking in a bodice so you don’t flash someone isn’t outrageous at all!)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

So my dress wrinkled in the back like that as well, and it was a similar fabric. I kept wanting them to take it in, but actually it was too tight which is why it wrinkled. The dress wasn’t made to be that form fitting. What we did is put in better cups which kept me in at the top, and I actually ended up losing a couple of lbs. and it being looser actually made the dress fit better and not wrinkle. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - USA

jellybellynelly :  Exactly. No seamstress worth her salt would EVER try to get you to tape your dress up… that means they didn’t do their job right. 

Post # 9
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1758 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

cactuslady87 :  Yeah, mine felt loose, too. But apparently those types of dresses aren’t meant to be super tight. It should absolutely fit and be tighter in the chest. The tighter they made mine in the waist, the more wrinkles ended up all over the dress. Part of it is the material, it doesn’t bend well around curves, and part is the fit of the dress. I completely freaked out at my second to last fitting and kept insisting they take it in. The head seamstress came over and unzipped it and showed me that being a little looser made it fit better. I lost some weight before my last fitting and I got in some better cups that kept me in and up better and it was a world of difference. I don’t have great pics of the back yet, and TBH, it was covered by a veil for the ceremony, you couldn’t even see the wrinkles at all. Here is one where you can see them. I’m dancing, and leaning back a little so they are way more pronounced than when I was just standing straight. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee

I think the wrinkles at the back are actually not very noticeable.  The concerning thing is your fear that your breasts might come adrift from the dress.  Nobody wants that pressure on their wedding day! I think the corset back idea has some merit but you can bet it will be costly.  Is it possible to wear a low backed torsolet under your dress to keep everything on lockdown mode?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Why would she tell you not to wear the waist stay? That makes no sense. The waist stay is part of what holds up the dress. 

I say take it to someone else. I don’t think it should be wrinkling that bad. If the top of the bust is tighter than the underbust and waist, it will fall down. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

cactuslady87 :  Yeah, initally when I kept seeing the wrinkles, I started to feel some dress regret. I also wanted it more form fitting, and I was mad that when they sold it to me, they pinned it tight so it looked more form fitting. In the end though, I just absolutely loved my dress and I was fine with it being a little looser and a little wrinkled. I felt like $1,000,000 in the dress. Again, the veil covered it for the ceremony and most of the pictures so you couldn’t even see it. And TBH no one else noticed it besides me and my mom. When I asked my BM’s about it, they couldn’t even tell and all said that it didn’t look bad at all. Even my photographer said that she saw those wrinkles all the time but the camera couldn’t see them, they never were picked up. I just felt so good in that dress, and if I would have gone for a stretchy crepe dress, I just wouldn’t have felt as confident. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

It’s just lacking structure. I second the idea of wearing a bustier under, long line low back. It will keep you secure and take up some slack. 

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