(Closed) dress tightness!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think you should try to do what you can to get the dress to fit because although it may be only a few hours, it will seem like an eternity in a dress that’s super tight. How are you going to sit down? Use the restroom? Dance? Just think of those things that you would like to do which your dress may restrict you from doing. Good luck!!!

Post # 4
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293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think you will lose one pound the day before your wedding but I would definitely get someone to take it out just a bit, no matter what they can find a little bit in the seams.  I am used to wearing ultra tight clothes because I work as a model but once in a while…without rhyme or reason..I start hyperventilating!  Its one thing to get wardrobe to unzip me and fan my neck while I catch my breath but NOT on my wedding day-NO WAY!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

This is such a simple task for anyone who does dress alterations, the only time you are going to have trouble is if someone doesnt even know how to adjust the tension of their machine–which could still be fixed.  Stop trying it on!  so that you dont stretch the fabric where the side seams are.  And stop worrying!  I am surprised they made it that tight as well–I think its funny that you called yourself puffykins!

Post # 6
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293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

This is such a simple task for anyone who does dress alterations, the only time you are going to have trouble is if someone doesnt even know how to adjust the tension of their machine–which could still be fixed.  Stop trying it on!  so that you dont stretch the fabric where the side seams are.  And stop worrying!  I am surprised they made it that tight as well–I think its funny that you called yourself puffykins!

Post # 7
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170 posts
Blushing bee

Have you tried it on with a long-line bra or spanx? The Spanx actually suck me in so clothes fit looser.

Post # 8
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

This happened to me, too – trunk show, fit fine ordered it, came in way too tight, had only gained two pounds and certainly not in my ribcage.  My measurements were exactly the same, too!  I was so, so, so upset.

I had moved in the meantime, so I found the local dress shop that sold my gown.  I explained to them the situation and asked them for a recommendation about where to go.  They recommended a fantastic seamstress who, frankly, saved the day.  Look for a seamstress with lots of experience who can look at the problem and within a minute figure out how to fix it.  If he or she hems or haws, seems uncomfortable, or doesn’t problem-solve ("I can move this seam an inch and get fabric here…"), trust your gut and move on. 

My alterations were pricey, no doubt.  But at that point, I needed to be able to be comfortable in my dress, so I just didn’t worry about it.  I took some money from another pot, decided to make my own veil instead of buy one, and there you go.  Problem solved! 

Spanx also help 🙂

Post # 9
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118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I agree with june bride – a great seamstress can work wonders as can spanx!  Good luck!

Post # 10
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117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

I had my dress let out slightly in the hips, and had great success.  (And the Spanx helped too…)

Post # 11
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2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My dress is pretty snug through the ribcage, although it’s a corset-back style so that’s adjustable.  Maybe you could have your seamstress do something like that, which wouldn’t involve touching the side seams, and it could give you a little extra breathing room.

You don’t say anything about the style of the bodice – if it’s strapless, it is the area below the bust that essentially holds the dress up – and if there is boning in the bodice, it will feel really different than a normal dress (more restrictive).  The very top is sometimes quite loose, as you have less of a tendency towards unsightly bulging around the top of the dress that way.

I second that you need to try it on with your undergarments of choice; they may make a big difference one way or another.  Maybe this is part of the problem?  When you were measured before, did you have the same undergarments?  And I also find that the Spanx tend to give you some extra room in the dress (kind of like the difference between wearing a dress shoe with bare feet and wearing the same shoe with nylons).  I would definately pin down the underwear issue before you do anything, as without that a seamstress is not going to be able to get the fit right for you.  But you should definately be able to breathe!!  Good luck!

Post # 13
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64 posts
Worker bee

If your dress is slightly tight I wouldn’t alter it! 

99% of Brides drop 5-10 lbs in the last week or so before the wedding, so it might be perfect.  Arrange a well reccomended Alterations person for an emergency a few days before, buy the Spanks (2 pair of support hose will do the same trick btw).  And try to figure out when your Monthly Gift from Mother Nature is due…you know you’ll drop some water weight right after.

Some fabrics don’t take to letting out and the seam will leave a permanent mark that no seamstress can fix!  Chiffon, satin, and some silks are the worst offenders.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

Are you planning on being the same size at the wedding?  If so, then schedule an apptmt with the seamstress.  If you think you will lose weight, I would just monitor your weight.  Mine was a bit snug, but with a bustier & losing 7 lbs, it is now PERFECT…I’m glad I didn’t pay to have it let out just to have to bring it back in, again.

Post # 15
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45 posts
Newbee

my seamstress made my dress a little tight.  i was told that upon wearing it, the fabric would stretch a little, so it was best to start off the day tight.  my dress was tight when i first put it on, and it did loosen up as the day went on.  however, it wasn’t ridiculously tight.  if that’s the case, you should have it fixed.  also, i didn’t lose any weight before my wedding, so i wouldn’t necessarily plan on that being the case.  i could have if i’d had to, but it wasn’t necessary.  my weight stays pretty even, and it is hard for me to gain/lose.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

I would get it let out.  Even if you end up dropping some weight before the wedding, do you really want to WORRY about that the whole time?  NO!  Just get it let out and you’ll feel at peace with the whole thing and won’t be worryign about it leading up to the big day.

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