(Closed) Dress alterations dilemma!

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

it’s your wedding and your day… if you want to switch the dress back go for it.  the bridal store people are here to make you happy.  i will be easier to take it in than let it out.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have beading on a top with small armholes.   After 1 hour I was in so much pain I threw the shirt out!   My arms were shredded, that skin is very sensitive!  See if they will let you exchange it.

Was it difficult to exchange your dress for a size smaller at David’s?   I bought my dress back in November and I’ve lost about 2 dress sizes since then.   I’ve been wondering if it would be better to let them alter it or if they would let me exchange it for a smaller one.

Post # 5
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390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have a strapless dress with beading under one arm.  I had my first fitting a few weeks ago, and my arm was so scratched and irritated after about 30 minutes that we knew changes would have to be made.  Because of the location of the beading, they are going to remove a few of the larger and sharper beads that are the culprits of the irritation, and you won’t really be able to tell.  I don’t know if this is an option for you, but it’s something to consider.  Either way, I’d say you need to have the size you are most comfortable in.  It will be pretty hard to enjoy your wedding if you can’t breathe….

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think that the armholes won’t be such a challenge, but the V-back sounds tricky.  I can’t really think of a way to do this unless you are happy having a swatch of unbeaded material.  If yes, you may be able to get a seamstress to add some extra material so that you still get a V-shape, but it sounds tricky.  All that said, taking in this dress also sounds like it has a potential for issues.  Exactly how big is it in the places that need adjustment.  If the size smaller is so tight, it doesn’t sound like it could be much??

Beadwork/embroidery is a big PITA.  I just had to send my Indian wedding outfit back to India b/c the fitting is all off and there’s really no other way to do it than to have them rework the whole thing.  We’ll see what they say…but I swear I haven’t lost 2.5" off my waist in the last 2 months so I’m guessing it’s their fault.

I love your dress, BTW!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Also, do a search of Mrs. Kiwi’s wedding dress, I remember she had some regrets about the beading under her arms with her dress. I can’t remember if she gave any advice, but it may be worth a look! Good luck to you with the alterations!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Does the bust on the bigger size fit pretty well?  Looking at the photo, a little loose in the waist and hips doesn’t sound terrible. (But I’d be wary of getting that bust line altered.)  It’s not a completely fitted dress.  It does sound like you’ll need to take it in, but if the beading doesn’t match on either side of the seam it is doable.  Just make sure the seamstress is really good at following the pattern of the dress so you don’t end up with a funny shape.  Also, I notice that the model has about an inch below her arm for the armhole, so the armhole being tight seems like it might be really small.  Are you by any chance a longer torso?  That might explain it b/c the hip portion maybe be hitting you at the waist in the bigger size which is why it’s so loose…not that it matters, though.

I’ve had an all over beaded outfit taken in for my cousin’s wedding.  Not everyone is willing to do the work of removing all the beading, but if you have a seamstress who’s willing, it doesn’t have to take a long time.  It took so long to find someone willing that I think we ended up getting it done in like 2 days…it was more expensive but the outfit was given to me so in the end it was a deal for me πŸ™‚

By The Way, here’s a link to a thread with my Indian outfits.  The main, bridal, one is in a later reply down at the bottom.  That’s the one that needs all the taking in…

My Mehndi Lengha

Interestingly, I needed to have the armholes opened up on both.  But I just went to the tailor for the first one yesterday, and after opening up you really can’t tell and it’s soooooooo much more comfortable.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

vintage sounds like you have similar issues to me.  I’m going to have to ponder how the waist is so loose for your short torso…but otherwise I also have the broad upper area (maybe slightly wider than average rib cage) problem too…though no bust to speak of;)  With my short torso I often get things riding up b/c the waist drops down past my hips…I’ve had to explain to more than one tailor that you need to take the hips out for that, not adjust the waist further.

Anyway, broader shoulders and a more muscular build is why I have a terrible time with clothes from India.  I think most women there don’t exercise or lift weights much.  so I think they look at my shoulder and arm hole measurements and then think, "hmmm…that waist size can’t be right for those arms.  I’ll take out the waist and make the arms tighter…then it’ll fit."  It also doesn’t help that I have wider hips/butt…which only measure wider b/c I run (and used to cycle hundreds of miles a week) and so I also have big quads.

I think that the alterations to the larger size sound pretty doable…good luck with it!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

yep…same discovery for me regarding petites.  But I also have a really small frame and am on the short side even for petite.  So most of the time petite is too big for me too. Actually, it has more to do with vanity sizing I think.  I have clothes from Ann Taylor that I bought a couple of years ago that still fit quite well and are 2P.  Now it’s a crapshoot whether 00P from AT will fit or not.  My tailor is a rich lady thanks to me πŸ™‚  BR is generally out except for jackets (I guess b/c I have bigger shoulders).  JCrew is pretty much the same.  I have occasional luck with petite sizing from INC and Michael Kors (both at Macy’s, luckily Macy’s San Francisco has the largest petite collection in the world).  BCBG is pretty hit or miss, but when it’s a hit it fits really well.  I haven’t tried EB petites…maybe I’ll check them out, thanks for the tip!

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