- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
Bear with me here and hear me out… lol.
As I recently posted, I tried on MY dress (yet to be purchased), DB ct2406, allover lace/beading, at David’s Bridal last night. I tried on an 18 because that’s all they had, then I tried on a 16W in dresses in the same cut to compare sizing.
The 18 was snug but zipped up okay. A bit constricting in the waist and cutting in some on the top bust (strapless). Not sure it would be comfy to sit in.
I am a ridiculous freak about saving money. Sorry. I was raised that way. SO, I’ve decided to look around and look around and try and find the dress pre-owned in a 16W White before plunking down $600 to David’s Bridal. Because I’ve seen it in other sizes from anywhere between $150 to $450 used/pre-owned. When I get near the “order deadline” if I have not succeeded in finding it pre-owned I will go ahead with DB.
Here’s the deal though: I have found the dress for sale online at auction… pre owned but they claim it’s never been worn. PLUS it comes with a new veil, hair comb, new with tags slip, and bra (not my size but also new with tags. All of it new. Right now the price is very low. And it’s white, and a SIZE 18. Online auctions are slow lately, I’ve seen this exact dress listed and get no bids at all in a different size. I might be able to get it for a song. Maybe.
Now, in my previous dress plans I contacted a few seamstresses about “reconstructing” a vintage lace dress (some of y’all will remember that last week I think) and with those that wrote back, the most I was quoted for actually taking the dress apart and adding gussets (the dress in question was five or so inches too small in the waist for me!) as well as changing out the zipper and adding buttons to the sheer back (functional, not decorative) with button loops.. the largest quote for all of that from a local seamstress was $300.
Two others were quoting me $200-250 for the same work.
I’m going to need a seamstress regardless, unless I buy a dress already bustled, and if I buy a NEW never worn dress I save money on dry cleaning fees.
So I am thinking (yeah I know, I think too much!) that what if I bought this dress that is an 18 and snug and had it let out just a little? I know it is harder to let out but we aren’t even talking a full size here. How hard is that? Anyone know? Is it pretty much a given that all dresses, even lace/beaded, have SOME let out room?
I am talking about a scenario where I could get this dress for a cheap enough price that even after adding a max of $200 to let it out it would still be a good price. $200 for the let out (max) , $100 ?? for a bustle, if I got lucky and got it for a purchase price of say $150 it is still a bargain @ $450 right? It would be about the same as I’d planned to pay anyway if I found one pre-owned my size.. including a probable cleaning fee. And I really don’t think (IF it can be let out) it will be $200 to let it out a bit in the bust and waist.
Or have I lost my mind again?
I’m just wanting to find the dress NOW and not be searching for the next few weeks only to end up at DB in the end because I can’t find it in my exact size or the color (keep finding either or) and this is close but not my exact size…. I don’t know how much leeway there is on this dress. Guess I should have looked at the seams and insides when I tried it on. I am perhaps overly optimistic though but it seems like letting it out an inch or so wouldn’t require a back lacing redo or much trouble but maybe I’m fooling myself.
God, I ramble, sorry. I do too much “thinking out loud” but I have no one else to bounce this off of!
Thoughts? Would you, personally, do it if you got a dress for a steal of a price?
This is really long, I’m so sorry… I have lost my ability to summarize!