(Closed) Dress doesn't fit! Advice please!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What shape dress is it? A mermaid?

Post # 4
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

One of my cousins found a gorgeous dress at a sample sale that was a tad bit too small for her, so she got a corset back added in place of the zip back and you could not tell it was altered. Don’t worry it will look beautiful.


Post # 6
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Did they order the correct size? Five pounds should not make that much difference! Do you know your seamstress well? I would only trust alterations such as yours to somebody i knew. I’ll be praying!!!

Post # 7
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Wow, that is a beautiful dress!!  I know a bride who was pregnant and had a baby not too long before her wedding, and she put a corset back in the dress to replace the zipper, and it looked great.  It was not a cheap alteration, but make sure you have a good seamstress doing the work and I think it will be well worth it in the end.  Also, did the bridal shop measure you and recommend the size that was ordered?  If so, I honestly think they should compensate you for the cost of alterations.  A dress should never come in being too small for you… it should be too big, if anything.  

Post # 9
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@shamrockincincy:  Yea, I second the checking to make sure they ordered the correct size. In the meantime, zip it up the best you can and try moving, sitting, ect. you might need to enlist help from someone to hold the zipper up, but this shoudl give you a good idea if it is too tight on your hips

Post # 12
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@shamrockincincy:  If you’ve only gained 5 lbs, it shouldn’t impact the dress size that much! I work as a bridal consultant and have to advise people on which size to order all the time. Most people fall between a few different sizes, and we usually advise them to size up for their largest measurement and then have things taken in where they need them, since it’s difficult to let things out. A dress size is between 15-30 lbs of weight difference, depending on your height and frame.

My first course of action would be to ask them to take your current measurements, and compare them to your measurements when you ordered your dress. If they’re not that far off and that’s not your problem, then look at the measurements of the dress they ordered you. ASK THEM TO MEASURE THE DRESS if the size they ordered *should* fit you. Every once in awhile labels get mixed up or a mistake is made when a dress is cut.  The dress shop should be able to advocate for you and make things right with the designer if this is what happened. 

If the problem isn’t the dress (for instance your measurements have changed more than you anticipated), altering a zipper back dress to a corset back dress is definitely an option. I’ve seen it done and it looks great, and will give you plenty of extra inches. It won’t affect the fit of the dress lower than the corset back, but sometimes dresses can be let out a little on seams, and worse case scenario you could talk to them about taking extra fabric from the hem (if the dress is too long and you need a hem; most people do!) and add inconspicuous panels on the side or back. A good seamstress should be able to take some of the lace appliques and rearrange them to make it less conspicuous. Just make sure your seamstress has done reconstruction work like this before! Good luck!

Post # 13
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MadameX:  +1

That’s a pretty big difference if a dress is supposed to be your size.

Post # 14
1691 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My sister tried on a sample that had been tried on hundreds of times.  If anything, it should have been bigger than the size it was when originally opened inthe store.  It fit PERFECTLY.  They said ordered the same size, but when it came it was WAY too big.  She doesn’t and didn’t have weight to lose, she didn’t lose any, and really like I said, a size 0 would be skeletal if she’d lost enough weight to have it need to be taken in almost a size. When she asked to try on the sample, they said it had been sold, so she had no way of showing them.


They did nothing for her, said they ordered what she fit.  I don’t know what happened there, but she ended up having someone else do the alterations because after all that, the cost would have been 2/3 of what she paid for the dress if she’d have done it at the shop.


I vote putting in a corset back if you have no option to get them to look at the size they ordered now.  I think it would look beautiful with that dress, and if you say it won’t zip up now, would there be enough room for them to make it bigger if they didn’t do the corset?

By The Way – the dress is GORGEOUS.  Do you have a pic of you in it??

Post # 16
2855 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@shamrockincincy:  +1. Who would have known that the undergarments could make so much difference! Glad that it appears to be working out for you.

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