(Closed) Dress too small, alteration question

posted 13 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

That is beautiful!  Did your alterations person suggest putting in a corset (lace up) back?  She would have to take out the buttons or zippers and replace it with laces. 

Post # 5
18 posts

I’m not sure if any of the excess fabric would have the beading or lace, but the dress might have generous seams.  I had to have a dress let out once and all the seams had an extra quarter inch – all told, I think there was an extra 1.5-2 inches all around.

Post # 6
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

That is a lovely dress.  When you tried on the dress, were you wearing spanx or other foundation garments?  That may help a bit. 

As for letting it out, the seams may have some allowance or the seamstress could put in extra fabric under the arms to allow more room to breathe.


Post # 7
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Beautiful Dress!

I may be in your same shoes tomorrow. My dress came in and we purposely ordered the size that was just 1-2 inches too small (I was between sizes) and I am so worried that I’m not going to fit it and like yours, my dress has a ton of beading in the bodice.

Please keep us updated on the progress!

Post # 8
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think for letting the dress out an inch there should be enough room.  However, since they made the mistake measuring you it should be their cost, not yours.  I am in the middle of a kind of similar situation at the moment, but it’s with my grandmother’s dress for my wedding and it doesn’t fit by about 3 inches.  The bridal salon won’t admit their mistake so it’s become a big problem.  So, I completely feel your pain!

Post # 9
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My aunt is a seamstress and has altered every Bridesmaid or Best Man dress I’ve ever worn.

I once ordered a size up and the dress came back HUGE- she had to basically remake it otherwise all of the boning would have been in the wrong places (imagine boobs pointing to my left and right instead of straight ahead).

She told me that in the future I should not order up if I’m in between.  She said that most dresses she can just let out the seams and that takes care of it.

So hopefully your seamstress can do (maybe only in the back or underarm area so as not to disturb your beading).

Post # 10
44 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

Most dresses have at least 1/2" at the sides for each .  That’s 2 full inches of wiggle room (two 1/2" on each seam, two seams total) on each side, so if you just need it taken out a little to let you breathe, I wouldn’t worry about it.

Your dress does have intricate beading/lacework on the bodice (and it’s a really beautiful dress btw!), so hopefully letting it out won’t disrupt the pattern.  If it does, you could look into getting a corset back — not sure how that looks on a non-strapless gown though.

Here’s some more info that you might find helpful:


Post # 12
6 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am sure many brides out there are hoping to shed a few pounds in order to look there best on there special day. I guess you could say I am one of them… to an extreme. I bought a dress at the August 2009 “Running of the Brides” in Boston. I found a gorgeous dress in my street size, but not my dress size. I took the risk and I bought it thinking “I have over a year to fit into this thing! That’s more than plenty!” Well, now I’ve got less than 9 months and I’m still not fitting into the thing… there’s no Plan B. I’m wearing this dress! LOL. I need to make it happen. Any tips?

I started a blog (http://slimdownforthegown.blogspot.com/) where I’m documenting my progress and struggles. Feel free to check it out.

Post # 13
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I suggest adding a corset, I know my lady does it on a fairly regular basis, that way if you do lose or gain a little it’s just a tie up adjustment :o)

Post # 13
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2015

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coffeencupcakes:  hello it’s been several years ago but what were your results? I’m having the exact same problem as we speak With my Casblanca Gown.  The only thing is I wasnt measured, the bridal shop had me try on another Casablanca gown in the same style as the gown I wanted and the fit was perfect and they ordered from there. My dress came in about and was too small with me losing 11 lbs. feeling depressed

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