(Closed) Anyone have experience getting an all lace dress let out? Please help.

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Bee
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

I actually have this dress. Unless it was taken in already, I dont’ think it can be taken out. My salesperson told me to order the sie I did because it was made in a way that could be taken in several sies, but not out at all. 🙁

Post # 6
Member
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I just had this exact same problem.  I took it to a seamstress who said it would depend on the amount of room there was to let-out any extra lace.  My dress had very little room.  So we decided to go with a corset-back.

I’d say take this to a professional for help!

Post # 7
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1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If your open to adding in panels it should be an option. Ive been freaking about alterations a lot lately. I think you might be surprised at loosing weight in other areas and undergarment choices might make a difference. I say get someone to look at it just to comfort your feelings but dont touch it till much closer to your wedding.

Post # 9
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1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@jymdrw:  Ask around now most wedding alterations require 3 months ahead of time. There are exceptions thats for sure (Ive had a consult but my alterations will only take 5 days to 10 days worse case senario since Im from out of town). 

Post # 10
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571 posts
Busy bee

@jymdrw:  I work at a bridal store part time and you cannot take out wedding dresses, there is no room. I’d call the store and see if they can order you the next size up, as an even exchange.

Post # 11
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1352 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@jymdrw:  If you are planning on losing a little bit of weight it might work out, you may be able to see your ribs in the front but you might lose a little from your back which will make it a bit more loose.  I recently lost some weight I went from 118 to 108, I’m 5’2″, and my dress when I bought it fit like a glove and they had to take 1 and 1/2″ in from the rib area… you would be surprised! Fingers crossed this works out for you!!

Post # 12
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve seen buttons sewn in under a corset back.  It actually looks really nice if you get buttons all the way down.  But I do a lot of sewing and from my experience, letting something out is not going to work.  I mean, look at the seams on your regular clothes–there really isn’t much to let out.  You can have panels put in or you could see about exchanging your dress for the same dress a size up.  I advise everyone to get their dress a size up from their largest sized area* anyway–you know you’re going to do alterations so you may as well have plenty of wiggle room–it won’t cost any extra and you won’t have to worry about gaining or losing weight.

 

*for example, if you are a size 8 in hips and a 6 in your chest and a 4 in your waist, get a 10.  Pick the larges sized part of your body and go up one size.

Post # 14
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It doesn’t LOOK tight–perhaps it’s just a bit more fitted than you’re used to and thus it just feels tight?  There is no bunching or anything to indicate that the dress is small- so hitting the gym and starving yourself is a bad idea.

And hooray for secondhand dresses!  Mine is secondhand too–I’m a 6 and it is a 12 but I could not pass it up.  😀

Post # 16
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1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had the exact same problem with my Maggie Phillipa (lace overlay).  It was also the exact same area (around the ribcage).  I worked out and lost close to 10 pounds but that particular area didn’t get any closer to fitting.  I took my gown to a professional seamstress and she added a gusset (a panel to the side).  It was about $200 here in the midwest (no other alterations needed).  NOBODY noticed it and the dress fit perfectly.  You definitely have options, but for a price.

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