Post # 1
Due to crazy stress in my life, I seem to have lost a bit of weight recently which is impacting how my dress fits. At first I thought that only the neckline was too loose, so I had my tailor take in the neckline. I picked up the dress today, neckline was great, so I sailed out the door after telling the tailor that everything fit great.
I got back home and tried on the dress again, only to realize that the fit through the torso is now too loose — to the point that raising my arms over my head makes the dress fall about two inches (and quite immodestly!). The dress is a form-fitting strapless mermaid style, so it is imperative that it fits well!
What is my best strategy at this point for getting the dress altered? I feel like such an idiot for not doing more “gymnastics” when I went to pick up the dress from the tailor; I was just so focused on the neckline’s fit. I told the tailor that it seemed to fit fine, so I now would feel self-conscious going back to the same tailor. I am stressed out over a licensing exam that I take three days before the wedding, so it is quite possible that a few more pounds will still drop off before the wedding day arrives. Does anyone have experience like this?
Post # 3
@philodendron: I would call the tailor up and tell them that you tried it on for a family member when you got home & happened to raise your arms and the dress fell. See if you can bring it back for more alterations. Also, bring up your concern that you may lose more weight. What kind of closure does the dress have (zipper/corset/buttons)?
Post # 4
@Shanna777: Dress has hooks on the inside that are covered by a zipper.
Post # 6
Two weeks should be enough time to turn out some quick alterations if you hurry. I only had a month for some major alterations, and two weeks out, my dress was still too big through the bodice.
My tailor took it in at the zipper to take away the bulk of the extra inches and along the side seams to nip it in a bit at the waist. Making sure it’s nice and tight at your waist is actually the most important thing for keeping it from falling. I tried my dress on the weekend before the wedding so she could make a few last nips and tucks and check everything before finishing it up. I picked it up literally the day before the wedding, after getting my nails done and before the rehearsal started.
Post # 7
Wow, a real life How I Met Your Mother Episode – same thing happened to Lily the weeks before her wedding on the show. Just do what she does – eat a lot and stop stressing!