Post # 1
So i bought this beautiful pronovias dress off the rack at an amazing discounted price…It was everything I was looking for: simple, trumpet, no beading, no lace…timeless….BUT it was a size 16…and I’m a size 8! BUT the store owner said "it’d be okay….definitely could be tailored to your size!" So what did i do? I bought it and I was excited! I found the one!
So I take it to this great tailor (who has rave reviews on projectwedding. com…and i mean, GREAT reviews…who else would i trust my dress with???) and she says that it is completely IMPOSSIBLE to alterate it to my size…Whenever you go down more than 2 sizes, you change the integrity of the dress…It just wouldn’t look right.
So now, I’m having a breakdown. What am I going to do? Dresses are FINAL SALE. So I rush to the dress shop and basically have a cow…and they would NOT do a return…but only store credit.
So I guess this is okay…at least i have store credit, but this was not how i imagined getting the dress of my dreams…so disappointed that the store owner would say something that is not true just to make a sale..and now i’m STUCK buying from their store.
Post # 3
Wow Mz. Molly, I’m sorry to hear that. It’s so sad that there are dishonest people out there like that!
Just a thought off the top of my head … is there a way to find another bride who wants a dress there, and then "sell" your credit to her? I have no idea how you’d do that (CraigsList maybe)? Then at least you’d get your money back. Then again, I don’t know if the dress shop would let you do that. It might get complicated — you’d have to buy the dress that the other bride wants, then get her to pay you back or something. Hmmmm …
Post # 4
yeah…that was an option to just sell it on craigslist but i didn’t want to take the chance of it not being sold…and having a dress sit in my closet. 🙁
i will just take store credit and HOPEFULLY, i will be able to find a dress there. wish me luck!
Post # 5
Sorry to hear that. Perhaps you can resell it?
Post # 6
Mz. Molly, have you thought of asking another tailor? I say get a second and third opinion. One of them might even have a good idea to IMPROVE the dress (if the perfect dress can possibly be improved) via changing it.
I bought a dress on super sale (it was 79 bucks) and had the shop alter the WHOLE THING from an ugly, thick straps, pointed waist, to a beautiful size 10 strapless, rounded waist, and they added all kinds of color detail in the corset backing, along the top and the waist all for $150. The difference, of course, is that mine was all done at the same place.
Basically, I’m saying DON’T GIVE UP HOPE!!!
Post # 7
My seamstress only had to alter mine in a few places, but while I was at her shop, she showed me some photos she had just gotten in the mail from one of her brides. The seamstress told me how the bride had bought the dress in a size 14 and had it taken down to about an 8 or so. The bride looked amazing and the dress was stunning. I agree with TeamRoberts that you should try to get another opinion.
Post # 8
Hi there! I’m sorry to hear about your dress distress!! I’m not 100% sure it is the same for wedding dresses…but…I bought a prom dress for $5 in high school that was a size 18 and I’m a size 2 and I had it altered down to my size. It was a gorgeous dress and I was like, "for $5?? Heck yes!" It was a plain satin dress without any embellishments and the seamstress that I used did it perfectly! By how you described your dress, it sounds like it is pretty similar in material to the prom dress.
So did you already return it to the store for store credit or do you still have it? I would go to some other alterations places and see what they say 🙂
Post # 9
I totally agree with everyone who said to get another opinion. My personal experience is that nothing is impossiblel. In fact, for various reasons (A generous endowment in the boobage are) I absolutely have to buy size 14 dresses and get them altered down to size 6/8. I have done this with almost every single dress in my closet so I KNOW that it can be done without ruining the dress. I would definately get a second opinion.