Post # 1
Okay so here’s the story:
I purchased my dress in September from David’s Bridal. When I purchased it the saleslady had to have the Alterations department come out and examine me in the dress to make sure that I would qualify for the petite special order only. I am 5″1 and weigh 95 lbs. So anyway, after this ridiculous evalutation, the lady agreed to let me get it on special order. I got the dress on sale for 500 bucks which is what I wanted to stay at budget wise. I went in last month for what I thought would be to only have a bussle added to the dress. Well I ended up having to pay almost 400 dollars in alterations!!!! The dress was WAY too long and needed extensive work. They had also told me when I purchased the petite dress that the top would sit about an inch or so lower across my chest because it was all the way up in my armpitts. Well, wouldn’t you know that that wasn’t right either. I am wearing the dress and it is so high and digging into my armpitts that it hurts. If I do not keep my shoulders back the entire time I am wearing the dress I have arm rolls. I am really upset because I feel so uncomfortable and awkward in my dress. The alterations lady told me that this is how strapless wedding dresses are made and that I just have to keep my shoulders back. I don’t see how I am going to be able to do this the entire night. I go tomorrow for what is supposed to be my pickup date. I’m really nervous because I do not have any more money to spend on alterations becuase of Christmas, and I just know that I am not going to be happy. I don’t know if I should just take the dress and have it altered elsewhere or if I am over reacting and this is how strapless wedding dresses are. I have a ton of strapless dresses that don’t do this but they are not wedding dresses. Any suggestions??? Here’s a pic of the dress.
Post # 3
Notice how low it sits on the model and how the dress is not folding under her armpitts!
Post # 4
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 # 5
Yes she does seem very lazy. It is also hard too because she doesn’t speak English very well and it’s hard for me to understand her and vise versa. When she handed me the bill I could’ve died! She then preceded to tell me that if I come back and need more work done it will be a rush for her and asked me if I could wait until after the first of the year. I was somewhat taken aback at that statement as well.
Post # 6
- 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 # 7
I know! They sell like the CHEAPEST dresses but then you have to pay as much in alterations as your dress costs! I know I don’t have the easiest figure to work with…i have big hips and no boobs! Lol but I still think it is a little ridiculous!
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Take the dress to another seamstress immediately. Do not deal with these people anymore.
Post # 16
Okay well I went back and looked at the slip. I figured out the costs and why they were so high. They charged me 75 bucks for the slip….and 100 bucks for the bustle. Therefore, the actual costs for the alterations was only 225. The slip did say that the dress was infact the petite dress. When I put the dress on today it fit perfectly! I don’t know what they did but it definately worked. I am so happy that I did not have to pay for anymore alterations and am overall satisfied. Thanks so much guys! I guess when you are as small as I am even a petite dress will still need alot of work!