Post # 1
Hey guys, I need some dress input from ladies who have had their alterations done. We’re planning a wedding for next fall (thinking October) and all the checklist websites are telling me that I should start looking for a dress, like…now. The conundrum is like many brides, I’m planning on losing weight for the wedding. Not a ton, but maybe 15-20 pounds? I assume I’ll go down at least a dress size. (IF I actually lose it…you know how it is.)
If that actually happens how much can a seamstress take in a dress? I assume 1 size is no problem, but probably if you were talking about 2-3 sizes that’s when you might run into problems. Does the material make a difference? (Ex. would lace be harder to take in a lace vs silk dress?)
Obviously I would buy the dress that fit me now in case I didn’t lose any weight. Or did anyone buy it a size smaller? I’m really hesitant to do that, but I’d love to hear stories from others.
Post # 3
It honestly just depends on the dress. Some dresses are impossible to take in, others are simple. I would order the size you are now. One never knows you might even end up pregnant. Stuff happens.
Post # 4
I cannot stress enough how BAD of an idea it is to buy a dress that is too small for you! It is so much easier to take a dress in than to let it out. Most dresses can be altered up to two sizes down fairly easily. I had intentions to lose weight, but it didn’t happen, and I’m so glad I bought a dress I was comfortable and looked good in as my body was at the time.
Maybe look into something with a corset back, those can be adjusted fairly easily to accomodate weight loss or gain.
Post # 5
I had a similar dillemma. I ended up buying a dress that fit me at the time and I lost 14 lbs by the time the wedding rolled around. It was no problem altering my particular dress eventhough it was all lace. My problem was that I was still losing weight up until I left for my destination wedding and my seamstress was having to tell me to STOP! That’s typically not a problem but something about the wedding really motivated me. Needless to say, I’ve gained half of it back. LOL. Oh well……back on the wagon after the holiday!
Anyhow, at the end of it all I was thinking I probably should have ordered it a size smaller (at least) but you really never know. So I would still recommend getting a dress you fit into now.
Post # 6
eeek i just bought mine. it was so hard to tell her the size to order as i fit a 10 in my hips, but my upper body is a 12……. so i got the 10 because she said it was less expensive for those alterations since i have a corset back there is more wiggle room if i dont loose that much weight. i have not got my dress in yet.. makes me nervious!
Post # 7
I bought a dress that fit so I did not have any un needed pressure. Then when I lost 25 lbs she just took it in. Dresses are much easier to take in than let out
Post # 8
@Taylor4: I would totally not advise buying a gown 2-3 sizes smaller than you are. Sometimes people don’t loose the weight they want (I hope not to be one of them). If your confident you will go down one size I would maybe buy a dress ONE size smaller than you are now and it be a corset back, since they adjust for weight.
Post # 9
Make sure you talk with the alterations team at the botique where you find your dress. Some dresses are easier to take in than others. I was able to take mine in 2-3 sizes though, so it can be done! I’d suggest buying one at the size you are now, and then if you lose weight, it will just be an added bonus.
Post # 10
You might consider a corset closure instead of a zip. It allows much more flexibility with weigth. I typically wear a size 16 and fit comfortably into a corset back 14. It is a little snug in the hips but that is easily altered so I’m told 🙂 Just a thought.
Post # 11
I had the same dilemma when I ordered my gown. I was really hoping to measure as a size 2, but I measured in between a 2 and a 4. The store had a 4 in another style for me to try on and it was a little roomy in the bodice. I ordered a 4 knowing that it’s easier to alter down than up. I’m still not sure if I did the right thing, but I’ll have to wait until March to find out.
I trust the ladies at my bridal shop, and this was their recommend.
Good luck to you!
Post # 12
I took a walk on the wild side and ordered the dress one size smaller. The good news–it fit perfectly! But, if you are not sure how motivated you are, that would be a dangerous move. I agree that ordering a corset is a great idea. My dress was a corset and even if I didn’t loose all of the weight I would have been able to fit it.
Sadly I gained back the weight pretty quickly…but come Dec. 26th I am back on the wagon!
Post # 13
@tanbarr: Thanks for posting! I think we’re in similar positions actually in that I’m looking to lose as much as you have, AND I’m really interested in lace dresses. That was my major concern actually–if I bought a lace dress and I lost 1-2 sizes would it be very difficult to take in.
It sounds like it’s possible, although I will definitely talk to the alterations team before making a purchase.
I’m don’t think I want to buy 1 size down, and you all make good points about it being easier to take in than let out.
@MissMusic: Awesome job! And it’s great to know they can take it in so much!
Thanks for all the input everyone!
Post # 14
I think its super common for brides to lose inches just before the wedding, so I don’t see why a seamstress wouldn’t be able to take it in for you…PLUS…I’ve seen Vera from Say Yes to the Dress use her magic wand to turn a size 10 dress into a size 2….so it CAN be done, so long as you have someone willing to do it…. =) GOOD LUCK!!!