Dress doesn't fit after 2 rounds of alterations

posted 1 year ago in Dress
Post # 17
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21 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t think that taking in the dress in circumfrance any more would be helpful. I think taking up some of the shoulders would change the fit of the dress in the front to match the clipped one better.  If you don’t undersand what I mean, think of the typical t-shirt that has seams on each shoulder.  If you took the shirt in at those seams, it would raise the chest and back.  If you are short waisted, this is where the proportion is off for you.  Basically, you look like you are slumping. Let the dress help you look like you are standng tall.

 

I see why you loved the dress clipped. It is spectacular and looks great on you!

 

Also, if it is metal boning, you should be able to re-shape it to fit better.  Ask someone with experience making corsets to do this.

Post # 18
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459 posts
Helper bee

I’m comparing your pics side by side, trying to figure out what went wrong. The sample dress looks beautiful on you, but the new one looks so wrong. The new one makes your boobs look much bigger than they really are, which makes it look like you’re leaning forward. It makes you look top heavy, but in the sample I can see that your proportions are just fine.

Does the sample not have boning in the chest? If not, then I think removing the boning would help. Either way, the chest part of the new dress is way too big for you, so if you can somehow alter it to fit your chest better, I think that would really improve the overall look.

Post # 19
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135 posts
Blushing bee
Post # 20
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1633 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

So, I actually LOVE your dress! And, I can see why you loved it, too! It seems to really fit your vision. The pic of you in the sample is lovely! I am not a seamstress- it may be worthwhile to take both pics and the dress to a new seamstress for a consultation. I’m wondering, too, are you wearing a bra in the altered dress? My seamstress sewed cups into my dress- after another seamstress had me buy multiple bras- none of which worked. By the time I got to a new seamstress, she simply looked at me and said “why don’t I just sew cups in for you?”. It was like the skies cleared and birds began to sing! And, that alone made a world of difference. You have a uni-boob in the altered dress (no offense is intended!!!) and you shouldn’t- you are stunning!! If this is your dress, and you love it, go back to your seamstress or consult another to get this fixed.

The detail work on the dress is beautiful. You are beautiful. This will work out- one way or another.

Post # 21
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1633 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

PS: do you have another pic of you in the altered dress that is full length? Similar to the one in the sample? There are some experienced bees on here who might be able to offer some additional alterations suggestions if they can see the full-length pic. Plus, is some of the difference we see from photo angle, posture, etc.?

Post # 22
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1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You could try shortening the boning.  Most bonin is made of plastic and if the torso of the dress was too long then the boning is long too.  The picture of you stooping over was not the best pose to evaluate the fit of the dress because your breasts are going to drop and swing forward.  In fact the pose emphasizes what you say is wrong with the dress.  Try adjusting the location or length of the boning.  It’s not that uncommon of an adjustment just mre invasive to the dres.  

It is a lovely dress and I czn see why you chose it.

Post # 23
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212 posts
Helper bee

So sorry bee! Just chiming in to say the same thing happened to my sister. The sample dress looked amazing her on her, clipped in the back. Then when they ordered it in her size, the neckline was totally different, the skirt overwhelmed her, and it just fit very differently. She ended up selling it on a used wedding dress website for about the price she paid (but it wasn’t altered yet – that might make it harder for you) and found a great used dress for much cheaper that she loved.

Also, I second the BHLDN recommendation! If you like the art deco style, I LOVE the Jacinda. It’s out of my price range so I ended up going with the Selah: https://www.bhldn.com/product/selah-gown. It’s out of stock now but they have a lot of other similar styles I really loved too.

Post # 25
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652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I think the Lulu dresses look cheap – plus the high necked/open backed style rarely works for big busted girls.  I like the BHLDN ones that another person posted.
I am unsure if you can salvage the dress you have – the sample looked great but the one under alteration not so much – however, the angle is different and you are leaning forwward so its hard to say.  I also think the dress may be too tight now – it should skim not hug.  The ‘uni boob’ is always an issue with high necked/full coverage dresses on big busted girls.
How much was the original dress?  Do you love it enough to keep throwing $$ at it?

Post # 26
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252 posts
Helper bee

Rachael1 :  sorry bee. I bet this is super frustrating. I must admit that perhaps there is a disconnect between the seamstress and what your concerns are, or the seamstress cannot get the job done. The chest area looks completely different from the sample to your own dress. They themselves need to be made smaller to suit you better. Take the dress back and tell the seamstress they aren’t providing satisfactory work. They need to see that picture of how the sample looked. Your dress looks like it’s been altered in all the wrong places compared with your sample you tried on. I went through something slightly similar my sample looks amazing and my dress that came in was altered, but after alterations there was some buckling on my torso as my torso is much shorter than what the dress was made for. These issues only start showing when alterations are done as they try to fit it precisely to your body. But after two sessions I’d be complaining about why they can’t do what you’re asking… and if they can’t you need to ask for reasons and explanations. You shouldn’t have to pay again if they did not deliver on their end. I say take it back in and have them hold up the sample photo while they reassess. A good seamstress will be able to spot the differences immediately. 

Post # 27
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769 posts
Busy bee

ozbee :  I agree I wouldn’t trust the Lulu dresses at all – they won’t hold up. Particularly as you are bigger up top – how are they going to hold you up they are so flimsy and you can’t wear a bra with the majority of them – which you will definitely need.

i know you are running out of time so it is time to pull out the stops and try to asalvage the dress..

perhaps try a different seamstress for a second opinion – a bridal specialist who will give you a bit more time and effort. You may have to pay a bit more but realistically it would be worth it rather than a $100 dress that offers no support at all and is probably very cheap unflattering material irl.

I have learnt my lesson many times ordering cheap work / summer clothes – definitely wouldn’t risk it on a wedding dress!!!

Post # 28
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8723 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

Rachael1 :  is it worth taking it to another seamstress. My sister had a nightmare with her wedding dress with the instore seamstress. They went through three rounds of alterations with each round making it worse! A week before she picked up her dress it was a mess so we took it to another seamstress who knew how to fix it and made it look a million times better with only 4 days to spare!

Post # 30
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135 posts
Blushing bee

Ugh what a crappy situation.  A friend of mine recently had a wedding dress disaster where her dress arrived two weeks before the wedding and way too small.  Her tailor was great and able to fix it.  So I think you still have time.  It sounds like you are falling out of love with your current dress though.  I have to admit some of those brides in the reviews on Lulus look great, so maybe wait and see if one of those will work, then if not see if you can get a firmer price quote from your current tailor and go from there.  

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