Post # 1
I just tried on my dress last night for first time since ordering. It basically needs to be taken in from the waist all the way down through my butt to achieve the shape and affect of the sample I fell in love with. The shop told me I shouldnt start alterations until June for my July wedding, but I just cant wait that long to calm my nerves about the ill fit. I might go in later this month with my dress and make sure they can make the changes I need.
Here is a pic of me in the sample the day I first tried the dress on (one size down from size I ordered). I loved how easy it was to wear and how it fit like a glove. The actual dress is heavy, feels like I always need to pull it up, and does not give me the “Pippa” behind I had in the sample.
Anyone have an alteration success story they can share with me?
Post # 3
@prncss47: Sounds like it might be a size too big – how is the hem length?
My dress had the same issues (heaviness, loose waist, frumpy looking) and they basically sized it down from a 4 to a 2. They pulled the halter up, brought in about 2 inches all the way down the back to the hips, and shortened the hem and now it looks perfect.
Post # 4
You don’t want to get final alterations too soon, but I don’t see why you can’t start them now just to ease your mind. I would also find an independent seamstress.
Post # 5
@ harleyq Thank you for sharing. I feel like I would need to come down a size everywhere but the bust, which is exactly why they told me to order a size up from sample. Said they cant shrink my ribs but can take in the rest. I guess I didnt realize how big one size up would be in the waist and butt area. Feel better knowing that you were able to resize and looks good!
Post # 6
I say, give it some time, calm down, and then come back to it. You don’t want to start making changes based on extreme emotions. A second, calmer look might reveal simplier solutions that won’t stress you out or cost you a second alteration.
Post # 7
the sample looks beautiful (and the smiely face on your ?father? made me laugh)
luckly those all sound like fairly easy alterations, might want to take it to an independant seamstress like was mentioned before, if she says it isn’t going to be a problem that I woudlnt’ worry about it.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t wait but I am pretty impatient. I’d take it somewhere else especially if your weight doesnt fluctuate. Looks great btw
Post # 9
@ globalmargaret haha Yes that is my dad! I read the other tip about going to an independent seamstress, but I really want to use the in house ppl at the salon, but I love your idea about taking my dress in just to have a seamstress look at it. I think I will do that today! You’re right, if for no other reason than to calm myself 🙂
Post # 10
I would definitely go in and have them pin it to make sure it can be altered the way you want, but they’re right about holding off on actually doing any alterations. Bodies change, things happen. Six months is quite a while. You don’t want to get it fixed now, try it on again in June and find there’s a new fitting problem; you’d pay through the nose to have it altered twice.
I lost 20 pounds after I ordered my dress, and when it came in, it was at least 2 sizes too big. When it was altered, it looked like it was made for me (in fact one of my guests asked if it was!). Have faith in your seamstresses!
Post # 11
@ linguo42 Exactly what I hoped to hear! I dont think I’m 2 sizes too small in my dress, so knowing your 2 size difference was made perfect makes me feel so much better. Thank you!
Post # 12
Thanks for all your advice and tips everyone! If there are more alteration stories out there…please share!!