(Closed) Alterations – should I worry?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

When they order your dress, they order it to the widest part of you (in this case, your hips).  It is much, much, much more difficult to make a dress bigger than to make it smaller, and with the flowy fabric of your dress, I don’t think it would look very flattering at all if it ended up being too tight across your hips and butt (you’d have to pull a Pippa and wear no undies!).  I think your consultant made the right choice going with the 8.  I would try to not worry about it until the dress comes in.  It is a beautiful dress, btw!

Post # 5
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124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just brought my dress in to be altered, and I am pretty sure it is doable. Mine has pretty heavy beading on the chest and the seamstress told me she removes all the beading by hand and puts it all back on. It is not finished, so I don’t have any “after” pictures, but they do this all the time, so as long as you get an experiences seamstress you should be fine, although your bank account maybe not!!!!!

Post # 6
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1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

beautiful dress…

I was convinced to buy my dress 2 sizes too big and now a wonderful seamstress is taking it in – 2 sizes – in the bust, waist and hips. My dress has beading and appliques at the top as well, it can be done.

Post # 8
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197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was told they can alter dresses to be 2 sizes smaller, so I wouldn’t worry at all.  I DO think they make a crap load of money on alterations.  Me and mom had the conversation about them purposely making dresses so they don’t fit!  I think it is bizarre how everyone needs alterations in some way!

Post # 9
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629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I loved how my dentist described wedding gown alterations (we chat while I’m there – I’m SUPER phobic, so he’ll do anything to get my mind off of it).  He said, “If I did dentistry how bridal shops handle alterations, I could have retired awhile ago.  Here’s this crown…ok, it’s $500…but, whoops…it doesn’t fit your tooth, so I’m going to charge you another $400 to make it fit…………”  🙂

Post # 10
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183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

you’re so tiny!  and you’re an eight?! i find this incredible.  wedding dress sizes make me crazy.  i feel like practically everyone has to have them altered.  grrrrrr…

Post # 11
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2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wouldn’t worry.  My gurl is a Badgley Mishcka sample dress and its a size 12.(street size 6)  I was amazed when I had to lose weight to fit in the dress properly.  After 2 months of working out and watching my diet, I was poured into my dress.  My seamstress did take in 2 inches in the bust and an inch near my right hip. 

I definitely wouldn’t worry.  A great seamstress will make sure it fits you perfectly.  If the lace is an applique, it will be easier, but if its individual beading, your seamstress will easily be able to handle that as well. 

Here’s me on our wedding day:

Post # 12
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40 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You look so beautiful, like a classic Hollywood movie star!!!

Don’t worry…Apparently they do this all time…I tell myself this to: They can always make your dress smaller, but not bigger 🙂

As long as they aren’t trying to rip you off with alterations then you will be fine!!!!

Post # 13
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3367 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

First off, I can not wait to see your final look! 

Especially with the style and material of your gown, I think you had no choice but to fit your hips.  As pp said, pulling over your hips would be bad and letting out is not as easy as taking in.

I don’t think it’s that much of a scam to make money… think of how different body shapes are… most of us would tailor every single thing we wore if we could afford it, b.c  nothing actually “fits” to our bodies, we just find the closest average size.  A wedding dress is one of the few things that needs to fit perfectly (aside from those rare girls who are lucky enough to fit the designer’s size w/o changes).  I’d judge it based on the salon’s knowledge.  How long have they been in business and are they one of the more popular stores in your area?  Do they carry higher-end designers as well (sometime, but not always, this can be an indicative of requiring an experienced, reliable seamstress).  When she discusses the alterations she forsees, is she specific about what she will do or do you feel she blows you off?  I chose my salon because they were more of a store full of seamstresses who also sold dresses… she was very, very specific and clear (and quick) in her explanations to me of how to fit the gown and she offered more than one option on how we could do it.  I’d be worried if, at the first fitting, she doesn’t pin anything, and just takes measurements.  That’s a sure sign of someone who isn’t as experienced.  Just question, question, question until you are comfortable. 

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