Post # 1
Okay… so I bought a dress off of craiglist for an amazing price and when I bought it, I didn’t realize it was a size or two to small. I am small… 34′ bust, 27′ waist, 36′ hips… on a 5’4 frame (125lbs) I loved the dress I bought and I would not be able to afford it at regular price. But noticing that I do not fit into correctly and I do not want to get it let out because I am scared it will mess up the way it looks. Do I buckle down and lose 10-15 pounds in 3 months (which I should say, I have been trying to lose for about 2 years) or just buy another dress and not have to be dependent on losing weight. I still want to tone up before the wedding but I dont want to stress about losing inches. I still feel like I have fat to lose but if I dont, I know I look fine. I don’t know. I am on a tight budget so spending more money on a dress isn’t very appealing ecspecialy to my fiance and I could stand to lose a little more weight. buuutttt I am scared I might faill at my attempt to lose the weight… then what? ugh… any suggestions? Am I just being crazy??
Post # 3
Honestly, I would take it to a seamstress. A really good knowledgable seamstress will be able to give you a better idea of what options you have beyond losing the weight. If you’ve been trying to lose that weight for 2 years, I really wouldn’t count on dropping it in 3 months.
Post # 4
for someone who only weighs 125lbs, losing 15lbs is a lot of weight to loss. this really depends on you. you know yourself…do you think you can loose 15lbs in 3 months? is this a realistic goal?
I weight a lot more than 125 and it took me a year to loose 25lbs. but…i also was not too strict on myself…
my suggestion would be to try and loose some weight in the next month. Then go get it let out the rest of the way. you are stressed enough dont pressure yourself to loose a large % of your body weight like that. just do the best you can for the next month and then take it in to get altered.
it will work out…dont stress 🙂
Post # 5
Honestly I think if you lose 10-15 pounds you are going to be way too thin. I am very similar to your measurements and if I lost that much I know I would be sickly looking (only because I had kidney stones that caused me to lose that much once). I think 5 pounds is more realistic but I still think that you are at a good weight. Don’t compromise your health for the dress. What if you tried looking at other used dress sites or going to some shops and trying on samples? Call around your area and see if any are having trunk shows or sales coming up so you can try to get in on that. There are always dresses for sale in the classifieds section too so definitely look there too. Good luck and hang in there, it’ll all work out!
Post # 6
It’s only a dress; it’s not worth your health or your sanity. Even though you say you don’t want to let it out it is still worth it to consult a seamstress. Usually there are a few extra inches of material in the seams, and depending on what the dress looks like you may not be able to tell the difference (other than it fitting you, of course). If it doesn’t work out to alter it to fit you the way you are now, I would try to resell the dress. A pity, but crash dieting to lose that much weight so quickly when you are already so slender is going to either put too much stress on your mind (“what if I don’t lose the weight? I won’t have a dress!”) or too much stress on your body. Not worth it. Lots of brides have found dresses in shorter periods of time. You can do it!
Post # 7
I guess I’d ask how much too small is it?
I’m about your same measurements but a bit taller and even losing a few pounds makes a difference in my hips. So it could be possible but I don’t know if you’d be able to loose 10 lbs in such a short amount of time.
Keep in mind if you have wider hip bones or a wider rib cage – you could lose 10 lbs and still not fit because your body frame is a certain size.
The only way you could feasibly loose that amount of weight in that amount of time is to cut out ALL carbs. It’s really difficult and you better love eating chicken and tuna. If you haven’t done it before I wouldn’t recommend it since you don’t know if it will work or not.
Post # 8
I say- work on toning up if you want to get a bit more tone, but before you try to lose so much off your small frame, take it to a knowledgeable semestress whos been in the business for many years. Make sure he/she has a lot of experience with wedding dresses (call and ask!). i’m willing to bet its far easier for you to get the dress taken out then for you to drop 15lb in 3 months!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! I am going to take it to a seamster today and see what they say, then go from there. =-)
Post # 10
if you lose the weight, you might not like how the dress will fit on your new body and then you would end up getting a new dress anyway. my advice is for you to go ahead and get it taken in/let out as needed. you’re doing nothing but driving yourself crazy if you’re trying to drop the lbs before the day, you have much more to worry about.
Post # 11
Have any of you heard about that Ardis slimming corset that slims you up to 3 sizes? I tried it and it works. It sucked me in 2 sizes in one of the dresses I had a hard time zipping up and it gave me more curves and I am 5’4 130lbs. You should probably try that first before altering your dress. I think it is called the body magic.
Post # 12
Wow! I am 5’4 and I weigh 147lbs and I wear a size 7 I am not exactly “skinny” but I can only image at 5’4 125 lbs that you are fairly slim and losing 15 lbs is a lot. I hope your seamstress can do it the way you want at an affordable cost for you.
Post # 13
I’ll chime in and say I’m 5’4″ and about 130 at the moment- 125 is my goal weight. I think that, unless you’re built a certain way, getting down to 110 could be really unnatural. Unless you used to weigh that much at a different point in your adult life and you know that that is a sustainable weight for you, I wouldn’t count on getting down to that. You sound like you have great proportions, so I’m sure whether it is this dress or a different one, you’ll find something that you look great in! Let us know what the seamstress says…