(Closed) Bought my dress but I'm dropping weight like crazy! Too many alterations?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh, what a problem to have! ๐Ÿ˜‰

But seriously, good job on the lifestyle changes! ๐Ÿ™‚ I absolutely think that the improvement in your health and fitness is so much more important to your future happiness than what dress you wear for one day. 

Don’t worry right now about the dress fitting. In fact, I wouldn’t worry about it until maybe 3 months before. Then, evaluate the situation, talk to the seamstress about alterations and decide what’s possible, and if not, consider selling your current dress and using that money to buy another dress.

Post # 5
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think you’re in luck. With that type of dress they should be able to open the seams and just simply take it in at the sides. Mind you, I am not a seamstress by any means and could quite possibly be talking out my butt lol.
The dress is gorgeous though, and I’m sure you’ll look amazing no matter what ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
4474 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@Elvis:  +1


You’ve got a lot of time before your wedding, so just wait and see when you get closer to your date.

Post # 7
6255 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m going to have the same problem. When I bought my dress, it wouldn’t zip in the back at all. I’ve already lost enough that it feels a bit loose, and I plan to lose another 20-30 lbs.

I think alterations to that dress will be quite expensive, and you’ll definitely want to find someone who knows what they’re doing–they’re likely going to have to take it completely apart. But probably not impossible. Find out with enough time to sell the dress if you need to, like PP said, even if it means your new dress will have to be sample or off-the-rack in order to have it in time. That’s my current plan.

I gotta say, though, even if you don’t lose another pound, you’re going to look great. That dress looks like it was made for you.

Post # 8
2106 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I lost a significant amount of weight before the wedding, and my dress had to be taken in from a 12 to about a size 8.  There were many rounds of alterations, starting at about three months out, but in the end, she was able to alter my dress. 

Post # 9
3470 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I wouldn’t worry about it.  Seamstresses can do wonderful things when it comes to alterations, keep up with the healthy lifestyle, and let them do the rest! 

Post # 10
1709 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

Your dress is gorgeous!  Mine just arrived to the bridal salon yesterday and was ordered to my measurements (size 14).  I have lost over 10 pounds since then and plan on losing 10 more.  The bridal salon assured me that they are able to alter a dress down two sizes if I need it.  I don’t think you’ll have a problem getting the alterations done to fit your new body.  I would call your bridal salon and tell them how much weight you lost and how much you think you’ll lose by the first fitting.  I do know that you shouldn’t have too many fittings if you know you will be losing a lot of weight because of the price for each additional alteration.  You look beautiful!

Post # 13
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

I bought my dress at a size 18 (should have gotten the 16 but they made me- grr!) and with the weight loss, it was altered down to about a 10, so about 4 sizes.  It was no problem!  I will say that although I started my alterations 3 months out, I didn’t let her alter it after each time I came in, if that makes sense.  

I knew I was losing more weight, so instead of having them pin me, re-sew the dress just to have them adjust the next time, etc, I would come back, the dress would already be looser from the first alteration, but I would wait, for the sake of the dress.  If you go in and rework the material too much it will start to show, so less is more.  I pushed the alterations timeline pretty close to the wedding (final fitting was just a week before the wedding), but it ensured the best fit.  

I was actually a little nervous it was too tight at the last fitting, but I lost 2-3 pounds the last few days before the wedding from running around like crazy, and not having time to eat.  I think you’ll be fine!

Post # 14
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know nothing of alterations but I just want to say your dress is gorgeous and you look SO beautiful and amazing in it! I can see why you’d have dreams about it! Simply gorgeous :o)

Post # 16
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hey! Congrats on the weight loss already! I made a similar life style change in January. I went from a street size 12/10 to a 4/2. 

I bought my dress in January, sample size, which fit like a glove at the time. Obviously with the weight loss I was freaking out that the dress wouldn’t be able to be taken in that much. I didn’t have my final fitting until the week before the wedding, because I just kept losing inches like crazy. . . my seamstress only want to touch it once (just like another PP suggested). In then end, she did an amazingly incredible job! It fit and looked amazing!!

With that dress style (which is lovely, by the way) A great seamstress should be able to take it in, no problem!

Focus on the positive changes you are making and enjoy the success! The dress can be altered ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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