Post # 1
I’m Maid/Matron of Honor in my friend’s wedding this March and I just picked up my bridesmaid dress today. My measurements matched perfectly to the sizing chart so I ordered a size 6 like the chart said. It’s a Bill Levkoff dress.
Yeah, not even close you stupid dressmaking company! The dress does not fit around my ribcage. The zipper only goes up about half to three-quarters of the way. There’s about a full inch between the sides of the zipper and even zipping up what I can makes me feel squished in the part of my ribs just below my boobs.
I’ve been googling about letting a dress out and making it bigger, but it doesn’t sound exactly promising. I’m totally worried right now. Especially because I would bet good money that the same thing is going to happen to the 3 other bridesmaids.
Post # 3
Did you let the bride know. If everyone went by that size chart as well and they haven’t gotten their dresses in yet, it might be best for her to start looking for a back up plan just in case
Post # 4
I have the same exact problem!
I went in and was measured by the bridal store and they said I should order up a size because of my chest measurements being one inch too big for the size below. I agreed and they said I could always take in the top. WRONG! I put it on and it takes two people to zip once it gets to my rib cage and it squeezes me so tight. I called the store today about alterations and they said letting it out starts at $100, I already paid 175 for this dress. I think I am just going to fidget the thing into a position where I can breathe and make it through photos and ceremony.
my bride keeps saying she has a friend who can look at it for a cheaper price but I am running out of money to pay for this event and there arent many weeks left.
Any idea or tips on this ladies?
Post # 5
Bridesmaid dress sizing is totally weird! I ordered a size 12 for a wedding I was in last summer, then lost nearly 20 pounds — it fit my waist and hips almost perfectly but the chest was ridiculously huge. Had I not lost the weight I think it would have been perfect in the chest but no way would it have zipped. Nearly every other Bridesmaid or Best Man had some kind of sizing issue. I had a tailor take it in but it was such a last-minute emergency thing that it was still too huge and I had to liberally use fabric tape, plus my stepmother doing some morning-of stitching, to get it to stay up as I walked down the aisle.
For that wedding, several of the girls had the zipper backs turned into corset backs. I have no idea how much allowance that would give you in terms of sizing it up but I’d talk to a tailor for an opinon at least.
Post # 6
I was also in wedding where one of the girls dresses didnt fit and they changed it to a corset back 🙂
Post # 7
How much extra fabric is in the inside? I had to get my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress let out about 2 inches, and found a seamstress. It looked great when she was done. It added another $50 to the price of the dress (ridiculous, right?) but in the end, the dress fit!
Post # 8
@Miss Feather: That’s a really great idea, and could look really cute, depending on the dress!
@purplebee: I don’t understand why letting it out doesn’t sound promising. It’s pretty normal to take in or let out a dress – so is there something different or special about your dress that doesn’t allow it?
Post # 9
Do you ladies know if this a typical issue with Bill Levkoff dresses? I just ordered my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and they are saying they won’t be in until May and my wedding is June! I’m hoping they don’t have major size issues because we may not have a ton of time for alterations!
Post # 10
I have similar issues with my ribcage and otherwise well-fitting dresses not zipping up fully. Does the dress style lend itself to zipping it while the top part is around your waist, then sliding it onto your chest and shoulders? This tends to work well for me with tight squeezes. Good luck!
Post # 11
I had the same issue buying an Alfred Angelo bridesmaid dress through Bridal Warehouse. They told me I needed a size 0 top and I’m a D cup so I knew it wasn’t right but they talked me into it because the girl told me that I “fit into the measurements on paper”. The skirt was to small as well. I spent $150 on the dress and had to turn around and spend another $100 on alterations.
If you can find the right person I’m sure they can fix it for you. If there isn’t enough fabric in the top to let it out they can order more fabric in. They did that with the top of my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress and it looked fine.
Post # 12
Ahhhh, I also just had my girls order Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from Bill Levkoff! They got sized at the salon, so I’m hoping they got it right…
Post # 13
I am no seamstress but I dont see where extra fabric could be found on this one. My bride is dead set on us all being matchy matchy so a corset change wouldnt work. Our dress was Moril Lee Bridesmaids. I may try zipping it an pulling it up from the waist. It feels pretty solid and may not “scrunch too well.
Post # 14
@RacePrincess05: I would actually recommend that you wear the dress around the house for a few hours and see if it stretches to fit more comfortably. It may be tight now, but in a few hours it will probably fit fine. Getting it zipped is most of the time half the battle.
@purplebee: I would take the dress back to the salon you purchased it at. If it doesn’t fit, and your measurements (which should be on file at the salon) put you in a 6, and if they measure you again and you still should fit the 6 there is an issue with the dress, that they are required to fix. Most designers will fix their dresses if they are blaringly incorrect. Sizing is something difficult to prove but if your measurements havent changed and the dress doesn’t fit you by that much (I am assuming 3-5 inches) there is a problem with the dress.
Hope This Helps
Post # 15
Hi Ladies, keep in mind when ordering bridesmaid gowns… or any gowns for that matter size charts are a guide that are used and all gowns can have slight variances in sizing depending on how they are cut. Your bridal salon uses their experience mixed with sample sizing and size chart information to decide on the right size for each woman ordering a gown. Your biggest measurement is what is normally the determining factor for choosing sizing. Normally alterations are commonplace to customize the fit to a woman’s specific frame. I have worked closely with the Bill Levkoff collection for years and have found the gowns to fit more on the bigger side, than smaller. Be sure that you haven’t perhaps changed size, and also ensure you have on proper undergarments such as a bustier or spanx. Even being a bit bloated can make a difference in the fit of your gown. Keep in mind that bridal salons deal with these issues on a regular basis and the calmer you are dealing with them the better results you will achieve. Fabric can usually be ordered and a panel fit in so that the gown fits you perfectly! Good luck ladies and congrats on the upcoming weddings!