(Closed) Buying the Dress, Accounting for Weight Loss

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1357 posts
Bumble bee

All I can say is…be careful! Buying a dress way too small has been disasterous for some brides. I’m glad I didn’t do it, even though my goal has been to lose 10 pounds before my wedding. I have lost…zero! And it’s not for lack of trying! My advice would be to re-evaluate in August/September and see how much you have lost. I think the seamstress should be able to alter the dress for a 10 pound, maybe 15 pound weightloss. But it’s much harder to make a dress bigger that is too small!

Post # 4
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2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

DO NOT buy the dress too small!  Like august said above, that can spell disaster.  What happens if you dont/cant lose the weight (Im sure you can, but this is a what-if situation)  The dress can definitely not be altered out enough to compensate for that. You need to ask the alterations department or specialist how difficult it would be to alter it DOWN that many sizes as well.  They can give you better insight.  Id seriously advise against buying it too small though

 

Post # 6
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200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If it’s a corsett back, it shouldn’t need a lot of alterations unless you loose like 3 dress sizes or soemthing. I feel like that would be do-able.

Post # 7
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3332 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t know if this will help you at all, but I was in the same situation when I ordered my dress, so I figured I’d share my experience:

I was in the process of losing weight and ended up losing 30 lbs between the day my dress was ordered and when I did my first fitting.  I had a really hard time deciding on a size and ended up going with a size that I knew would likely be too big for me at that time.  I was kind of in between sizes and was thinking that I wouldn’t lose weight in my chest, because I haven’t done much of that in the past.  The owner of the store didn’t really suggest one or the other, but she told me that it was always easier to take in a dress than it was to let it out.  I decided to get the larger size, instead of counting on the fact that I would lose weight.

Alterations were a complete disaster.  The dress was so big it was falling off of me when it came in.  The dress had no side seams, so it was extremely hard to take in.  I did 4 fittings and it was miserable.  I was doing alterations as late as the week before and I was never really happy with the fit in the end.  Because the seamstress took so much in, the dress gapped in the front (it was strapless) but was too tight across the back.  Now, this could have just been the work that my seamstress did, but she kept saying how hard it was to take in the dress so much.  Honestly, if I could go back and order the smaller size, I definitely would.  I lost the weight and it would have been much easier to deal with.

I don’t know if that helps, but I guess what I’m saying is that sometimes ordering the smaller size can be the right choice.  I wish I had!

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