(Closed) can a dress too big be saved?!?!?!? jim hjelm sizing

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
1748 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

First: I saw this dress after purchasing my own and experienced MAJOR envy. It’s flippin’ gorgeous!!

When I bought my gown I weighed 131 and when it came in, I weighed 115. I went from a C to a B and lost several inches in my hips. My dress is very alterable and it has a similar shape to yours. I’m paying an extra $200 for alterations due to all the work that’s being done, but it is possible!!

Edit: I’ve only had one fitting, but I’ll post photos once any work has been done on it.

Post # 5
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

So I was having a similar freakout. I was in between sizes and instead of going with my gut and getting the smaller size, I listened to the consultant and got the bigger one. After it was too late, I freaked out and tried to change the size and was told repeatedly that it would be fine. My dress has a ton of beading on the bodice like yours so I was nervous. I haven’t had anything done to it yet but they keep telling me it’s totally fine and that it’s been done before. And my cousin’s dress was taken down like 3, maybe 4 sizes, and it looked flawless! (her dress was covered in lace and tons of beading)

So don’t stress, it can be done ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, there is another bee who had her dress taken in from like a 10 to a 2 (she bought the sample) and it looked perfect.

Beautiful dress by the way!!!

Post # 6
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I never heard it can only be altered down 2 sizes!  Some dresses might look bad if you alter it too much, but these seamstresses are professionals and do a ton of wedding dress alterations all the time.  They’ll tell you whether it will look bad or not.  I doubt it will.  The only problem is altering to make a dress bigger.  Making it smaller can almost always be done!  Beautiful dress and congrats on losing all that weight!

Post # 7
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

They should be able to take it in.  My dress is a size too big and I actually gained 5 pounds since I ordered my dress.  It is horrible that they push you do to what they think is right.  Granted they ususally know what they are doing but maybe it is a conspiracy for higher alteration bills?  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 9
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Gorgeous!! Alterations will be no prob!

Post # 10
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you’ll be okay! You can probably alter that dress in 2 sizes with no issue (though I’m no seamstress).  Also important to keep in mind that sometimes the samples are stretched out, too so your brand new dress may be smaller since it hasn’t been worn.

The dress is gorgeous and you look amazing in it!

Post # 11
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That is very annoying. Are you getting your alterations done by the salon where you bought the dress? In which case, it would be their problem if it doesn’t fit.

I’m guessing it’s too late to switch the order to another size, is there any way they can do this?

I do think you’ll be okay though, even if the dress is drastically too big. I think the style will lend itself to being altered down easier than other styles. At least your dress isn’t covered in intricate patterned beading or other design elements. The bodice is heavily beaded but it’s consistent beading all over, so they could just make it smaller.

Post # 12
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Gorgeous! Alterations should be okay for you!

Post # 13
45 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am having my first fitting this weekend in a Jim Hjelm gown that was ordered in a size 10 and I am now a size 2! I will let you know what happens, I AM FREAKING OUT AS WELL.

Post # 15
45 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

@laurelewrigley:  I bought 8063 close to 2 years ago so it has been a LONG time since I’ve seen it! Sizing is only one of my fears this weekend! I’ll be sure to keep you postd ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Your dress is beautiful!  I’m sure you’ll be able to get it sized down to fit you.  I bought my dress in a 6 and ended up at wedding time being a street size 00/0, so I had pretty extensive alterations and it all came out perfectly… After 4 alterations appointments.

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