Post # 1
I’m getting so nervous about whether they can alter the top of my gown to fit me. I love the style of my dress — a simple, elegant satin trumpet style. It was really hard for me to tell during dress shopping what the dresses would look like, since I have really small proportions, espeically on top. I am very narrow shouldered and small on top and I really want a flattering fit, not something large and boxy. They’ll have to alter the top down a lot because I had to order a larger size to fit my hip measurements. Did anyone else have a dress size that was large on top, and alter it down to fit? Did it end up fitting the top nicely? Do you have any advice? I just worry about whether they won’t be able to do much with the top. It’s not an embellished dress, but it has boning, which maybe they can adjust?
Post # 3
I have the opposite problem as you do, but I’m sure a seamstress can make the dress perfect. I’m just a little concerned about how much it will cost me. They could probably take some of the boning out of your dress if it is too much for you. I’m sure it’ll be fine.
Post # 4
I bought my dress the same way. I haven’t had it altered yet, but the top of my gown, which is a dropped waist style, is tight, strapless, with beading on the entire bodice and a zipper in back. What I was told is that if you need to have it altered, make sure to buy it big because taking it in at the seams is so much easier than letting it out. If you let it out, you run the risk of seeing the hem from the seam that was opened and expanded and there are few things you can do to hide that once the little holes from the thread have already been used and opened.
Just make sure to go to an experienced wedding alterations person and you will be fine.
Post # 5
I had the same problem. My dress was very large on top because of fitting to my hip measurements. My dress fit really well. Plus, you should have a second fitting before the wedding to make sure that you like the way it looks before you get married.
Post # 6
From the dresses I tried on, the ones that fit me perfectly were always too big in the bust. I think they do that on purpose. Altering the bust down to fit you should be no problem.
Post # 7
My dress is the same way, I had to order it two sizes up for it to fit my hips. It will need to be taken in quite a bit in the waist and on the top. As so many bees have already said, it’s easier to have it taken in then let out. This is a common alteration, I wouldn’t worry too much. 🙂 While my wedding dress hasn’t been done yet, I’ve had many other dresses altered this way. A dress that I wore for my cousin’s wedding was taken in about four sizes on the top!
Post # 8
Thank you girls so much–I don’t know why picking out dresses was such a nerve-wracking experience for me! I guess every bride just wants to look perfect. Thanks for the advice!