Post # 1
What started out as seeming like I won the dress lottery has turned into a total nightmare.
In February, I went to an amazing boutique in Austin, TX that sells dresses I’d normally never be able to afford. It happened to be their biannual sample sale, and I found a Stephanie James Couture dress IN MY SIZE. This is a $2500 dress that I paid $100 for. Unbelievable luck, I know. So even though it was just eversoslightly too tight in the bodice, knowing that I was going to be toning up and slimming down in the months leading up to the big day, I bought it.
We took the dress to be professionally cleaned, ($125) and left it hanging in the bag until this weekend, and even though I’ve dropped a waist size in the last few months, the dress is now TOO TIGHT in the ribs! We’ve taken it to the tailor to be let out as much as can be inched out of it, but the he doesn’t anticipate he’ll be able to squeeze more than a half inch out of it.
I thought I was the ultimate bargain bride! But now my dress savings is getting less and less with all it is costing us to make this dress work, and it might not even work out!
What should I do? I’ve been considering canceling the tailoring (saving the expected $100) and ordering a JCrew dress? I hear they come very fast, and some of them are just a few hundred dollars. But I don’t know if I’ll then have to have THAT one tailored!
This is a nightmare. I’m having dreams that I’m walking down the aisle naked! Help me, bees!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2011 - Hunter's Ridge, Princeton, IL
I had a dress crisis, too, but you know what? I discovered it’s best to go with your GUT. Do you want to make your Stephanie James dress work because you truly love it? Then you can make it work–even if it ends up costing $500 for the whole shebang, that is still one hell of a bargain.
And if you really want to drop it in favor of a JCrew dress? Then you should definitely go for it…but more than anything, make sure you’re happy with the frock you’re wearing on the big day. You don’t want to look at the pictures and wish you would have worn a different dress!!!
Best of luck, lady! 🙂
Post # 4
If he can let it out a bit from $100 then you should do that. the nicer dresses at Jcrew are actually quite pricey to be honest.
Post # 5
I wonder if the cleaner’s shrunk the dress with their cleaning method. I’ve hear of it happening. Also, is the tailor experienced in wedding dress alterations? If not, call around to your local bridal shops and find out who they recommend. I’m paying way more than I ever thought I would have to for my alterations because I went with a woman who worked out of her home and wasn’t experienced with heavy beading and lace. Luckily I got my dress out fo there and to a reputable and experienced wedding dress seamstress.
Post # 6
Also, if need be, they should be able to put in a corset.
You’ll pay more than $100 for a J Crew dress (most likely).
Post # 7
Could a corset be added to the back? that would give you a lot more room to play with. Might be more pricy…but could be worth it if you love the dress!
Post # 8
A corset is what I was going to reccomend, that way it can be adjusted either way.
Post # 9
You poor thing. I had something similar happen. Then you feel awful because not only does it not fit, but there went your savings right out the window. I would suggest you don’t order a JCrew dress or any dress without going in to the store and trying it on. That way you know your mind is at ease because you can order a dress that will fit fine and arrive on time. Call JCrew and try on their dresses in store, and then ask them how their standard dresses compare to their regular dresses. Ditto for a shop like The Limited, which also sells wedding dresses. 🙂 Good luck.
Post # 10
If he can let out the seams, I would allow the tailor to handle it. You will spend more than $100 on a JCrew dress.