(Closed) Dress…need to vent!

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
3285 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

that seems really ridiculous.  i would recommend taking the dress elsewhere for a consultation just to see how much it might cost to alter because i wore a strapless that was comfortable…it sounds like your lady was kinda lazy =P  good luck, u deserve a fab dress.

Post # 6
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Your dress shouldn’t hurt you, no matter what your height. I’d take it somewhere else for additional alterations; David’s is a little more expensive in that area than they need to be.

Post # 8
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Take it elsewhere for more alternations.  Seriously.  You do not want to be uncomfortable all night at your wedding, and this is something they should be able to fix.  My dress is strapless and it doesn’t do that.  DB is notorious for having bad alterations departments, a competent seamstress should be able to help you. (And, will do it for way cheaper!  I’ve never heard of a alterations bill that high!) Good luck!

Post # 9
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Umm there is no way in hell I woudl pay that for alterations!! They ordered you a petite size and you didn’t geta petite dress. I woudl complain to the store manager about it.  I got my original dress from there and had a wonderful experience, but didn’t need alterations. I woudl refuse to pay at least part of it cuz if they ordered you the correct petite dress it woudln’t have needed that much alterations and shouldnt be digging into your armpits

Post # 10
52 posts
Worker bee

I agree with @MrsSl82be — it sounds as though you did not receive a petite dress. I would first confirm what you received, because if you ordered the petite size, there is no way it should have needed that much in alterations.

Post # 11
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I say take the dress to another expert and get their opinion.  A second opinion is always helpful and a good seamstress can work miracles on anything.  If worse comes to worse, I recommend finding a cute knit shrug or silk/lacy bolero to camouflage the armpit area if it really cannot be fixed.  

Post # 12
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Wow, you are that teeny tiny and have armpit rolls? Something is wrong. I can see that the dress is kind of designed to sit higher up. But if they were ordering you a Petite, it should have fit better. Maybe take it to another tailor and see if they are able to take any off the top? I would also write a letter to DB customer service and see if that gets you anywhere. Good luck!

Post # 13
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think perhaps they ordered you a regular sized dress. That doesn’t sound petite to me. I have almost the exact same neckline on my gown and it doesn’t hit my arms at all, and certainly doesn’t give me armrolls.

I would definitely refuse to pay their full alterations bill and I would get a second opinion. My bridal seamstress doesn’t speak a word of English but they always have a translator available for me and I have never had any problems at all. I have a second seamstress who is designing my bridesmaids gowns and that woman also knows her stuff and has tweaked each dress slightly to make up for all the different body types.

Post # 14
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Did you already pay for the alterations?? If you did, I would try and get the money back or tell them they need to refund you the cost of having the obviously non-petite dress altered at another seamstress. If you haven’t paid for the alterations I would tell them that you will not pay for them and that you are thinking about reporting them to the BBB for not ordering the petite dress that they were supposed to.

I am really sorry you are going through this, but you need to take someone with you that makes you feel strong (mom or dad? best friend? sister?) and really put your foot down. If you haven’t paid for the alterations, you should be able to get it altered by another seamstress for a much more reasonable price.

Post # 15
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Take the dress to another seamstress immediately. Do not deal with these people anymore. 

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