(Closed) Dress is too small….

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m not a seamstress but this would see scary to bank on.  I’d try to contact a store that does alterations and ask first.  I know that if there’s extra fabric at the seems its possible but I’d be afraid that it’d ruin the integrity of the dress.  But if you love it its worth a shot!  Good luck.

Post # 4
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I have heard that some seamstresses can work with the fabric leftover from the hem and let it out. So that is worth looking into

Post # 5
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Can you find designer and style and go somewhere else where they have your size? or ask them to order you a new one in the size you need?

Post # 6
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It is possible to find a good seamstress to rework the bodice.

I had a dress for homecoming once that my mom had to rework (she used to make all my dresses and this happened to be the only one we bought). It worked out fine. If you love the dress I would look into finding someone to make the adjustments. It may cost you some money but I doubt as much as getting an entirely new dress.

Post # 7
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Jump on the treadmill!!!! haha I’m totally kidding 🙂 You’re perfect as you are!

Would it be possible to make the dress a corset back? That would give you extra inches. You wouldn’t even need to remove the zipper… you could create a faux corset w/ the loops- its a cheaper option. If you don’t want to change the look of the dress you could get a seamstress to sew in a couple panels

Post # 8
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it depends on how much fabric is at the seems for them to be able to let it out. If you’re hoping to lose weight to fit into it, well I wouldn’t go that route.

I just about bought a dress that was too small for me. I figured that I could just lose a bit of weight in time to wear it.

I changed my mind about it and got one that fit me like a glove. Good thing too because during the last few months before the wedding I had a medical issue come up and I couldn’t work out hardly at all for several weeks. I tried to get back into it towards the end but I was doing so many wedding projects I barely had time to exercise. So it was a good thing that I didn’t rely on losing weight to fit into my dress because it never would have happened.

Check with a seamstress before purchasing it. If it doesn’t work out I’m sure you could find something else that you love.

Post # 9
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

A couple of questions:

– What were you wearing under the dress when you tried it on?  Try it on again with Spanx Slim Cognito and it might just zip.  

– Were you thinking about losing weight for the wedding?  It seems you have time and if you are a few pounds off, this is very do-able

– No experience letting a dress out, but if you think this is your only option, then take lots of pictures of the dress on you and off you from many angels.  Bring the pictures to an alterations person (specializing in wedding dresses) and see what they say is possible.  

Keep in mind alterations could be crazy expensive if there is a lot of detailing (beading or embroidery) on the bodice (because they’ll have to recreate the detailing when they let out the dress).  

Post # 10
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’ve heard that it borderline impossible to let some dresses out. I’d speak with a seamstress first.

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