(Closed) Another dress gone wrong… I don’t know what to do anymore

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@jayce: First, so sorry to hear about your dad. Sending happy thoughts his way that he can overcome his illness. ((hugs)) to you and your family sweetie.

Secondly, wait to see what the retailer has to say. Have you measured the dress itself? It could very possibly be mislabelled. If it’s not, ask them to express ship you the 00 while you put the dress you have back in the mail. You’re right that it’s going to cost some money for the alterations, so see what can be done via the retailer first. 

Post # 4
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

oh no! i LOVE the audrey – i’m so sorry it didn’t work! i would exchange for the 00 and have that taken in. alterations depend on where you live, so if you’re in a big city it could be up to $300. 

Post # 5
661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

First, I am so sorry to hear about your father.  That must be really hard on top of dealing with everything so close to the wedding.  My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family.

If you love the dress, take it in.  I would first call the company and inform them of everything you said here; almost demanding another dress be sent immediately since the wedding is coming close.  They may be able to work with you (thinking that you can’t be the first bride this happened to especially if they’re measurements are really that screwy to begin with).

Cost … may be a little high (altering) since its so close to the wedding.  You may be looking at another $300 (not just with the amount to be taken in, but the closeness to the date).  But, again, it will be worth it if you love the dress that much.

You only get married once (still a firm believer of that lol) so do what you can to make it the best day of your life.  The good news?  When that day comes … all this wont matter.  Keep reminding yourself of that.  Good luck and keep us updated!


Post # 6
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

don’t stress more than you have to! exchange it for the 00 and if they ask (not sure on their return policy) then simply say their chart did not represent the dress correctly. if the 00 is still too big, you can get it taken in and it’ll be easier because it’s not like they’ll have to start over with it because it’s so big, yaknow? good luck to you and your father!!! <3

Post # 7
2867 posts
Sugar bee

@jayce:  I’m so sorry about your father.  Internet (((HUGS)))

Do you think they’ll accept a return and refund you?  Or send you a new dress?  If not, I’d try to get it altered.  Everything will work out!

Post # 8
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m sorry about everything – I’m sure it’s even more frustrating considering what you’re going through.

I usually find that WHBM clothes run pretty true to size and are relatively consistent across dresses, so maybe there is a possibility that it’s mislabeled. Do you have an actual store near you? I would go there and try on both the 00 and 0 in whatever dresses they have. Maybe that would help you understand if it’s worth exchanging and/or how much altering you might have to do.

Post # 10
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Alterations should be per seam, not according to how much you need taken out, unless it has to be completely re-worked (moving darts, etc.).

I would get a quote from your regular seamstress before returning it. But if it’s more than a couple hundred bucks, yes, I would say return it. At least see whether you can exchange it – some stores (like Express) I find if I try on three different pairs of the same cut/size pants, they fit differently. I’ve heard it’s because the fabric is cut in bulk, like ten pairs at a time, so the sizing varies slightly; not sure if that’s true.

Anyway, it’s possible it’s a fluke and if you return for a size 0, it may fit.

Post # 11
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

For what it’s worth, it’s been my experience that higher end brands vanity size much more strongly than mass market ones, especially since a lot of the “fast fashion” retailers are targeting juniors.

H&M is one of the exceptions, because they’re a european brand and size thusly– I have to size up at H&M. ASOS is the same way.

If it’s that big, the 00 would need just as much alteration as the 0.

Post # 13
271 posts
Helper bee

Wow Jayce you’ve had a rough couple of days. I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, that really must be making it hard for you and a wedding is stressful enough to plan as it is! Good on you for sticking up for yourself with WHBM, show us a pic when you’ve got it all sorted, I’m sure you’ll look fabulous!

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