Post # 1
Okay so I’m not going to panic over this because my dress came in extremely early and I have nine months until my wedding. But…
I tried on the sample in the store in a 10, and I was measured and told to order a size 2 (insert loud and audible gulp here). So when the dress came in and I saw it on the hanger I was really worried as it was TINY.
So after two ladies helped squeeze and a pair of spanx later, I was able to get in the dress with it all zipped up. It would be a happy ending right here, except that I have the intention of eating, drinking, sitting, bending, breathing and generally enjoying my night. As it stands right now, none of those things will happen, although there’s an excellent chance I will pass out 🙂
So my question is this – I ordered a Blue by Enzoani Casablanca – does anybody know how much “give” the seams might have? Has anyone had this problem?
You can see from the photo where the large band (think a 7 hook wide, very stiff bra strap going from under my bust to my belly button) is cutting into my stomach, causing pulling around my hips and butt and giving me a very strange shape 🙁 I don’t if anyone has rock hard abs enough to stand up against that band – the spanx were powerless against it. This weird shape also makes it look like I have a bit of a pooch – okay so I do, but do people need to see it that day? Methinks not!
I’ve read there can be anywhere from an inch to four inches when a seamstress lets seams out. The lady at the store also mentioned that the seamstress might opt to put boning in instead.
I’m really just looking for some happy-ending, comforting stories here as I have to wait an additional two months for my first fitting appointment. There is nothing I can do in terms of weight loss – I’m already rather slim and no diet is going to shrink my rib cage. I’m in love with this dress and am not interested in changing for another, and unless the store pays for it I can’t afford to purchase another size.
Help bees – this is no big deal, right??
Post # 3
Uh oh! Well I don’t have an Enzoani dress or the alteration experience, but can they let the seams out at all? Or as a last resort you could have them put in a corset back.
Post # 4
No experience to share. However, your dress looks great on you – just a bit uncomfortable looking! I’m sure the seamstress will be able to let it out a bit to give you some room to breath in.
What is the back like? A corset back could help give you more room…
Post # 5
I agree with @Pinkmoon:
A good possible solution would be to have a seamstress let out the seams and change it to a corset back.
Post # 6
Honestly, I’d be pretty aggressive about getting the store to correct their mistake. I’m sure you could get that dress looking great with alterations, but the salon told you what size to order. That’s part of the service that you pay them for, and I’d be pretty frustrated if they ordered me a dress that would be challenging to alter.
Post # 7
@MrsWBS: It is a zipper with buttons. I know corset is an option but I’m hoping that’s not required. I rather like the back as is and I don’t even want to know the cost involved in that!
@jdhall89: Thanks for the tip 🙂 I meet with the seamstress in just under two months. The lady at the boutique assured me that there was nothing to worry about. The salon where I went is excellent and very highly rated and I was assured they would not let me walk down the aisle until the dress was perfect. With nine months to go I’m comforted by how much time I have to make sure it’s fixed. However, if the appointment in March doesn’t go well I will certainly have to be more firm with them to ensure I get a properly fitting dress!
Fingers crossed! Can’t wait until this part is DONE 🙂
Post # 8
@sanjessica: I agree – but at least you have the option! I’d move up the appointment with your seamstress to be asap just to be sure, so you can order another dress if need be (and make the salon pay for it – since it was kind of the salons fault since they clearly took the wrong measurements). Good luck!
Post # 9
They should be able to take it out a little in alterations. Dresses do “stretch” a little too. You have plenty of time, don’t stress!
Post # 10
I suspect they accidentally used the new size chart instead of the past-season chart. The new size chart is about 1″ to 1.5″ bigger per size than the old size chart. Casablanca is a carryover style that is sized with the old size chart (even if it’s ordered now, they still use the old chart).
I would verify the sizing with the store. Old or new size chart, Enzoani’s dresses tend to be quite accurate to measurements.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would ask to meet with the seamstress now to ensure that it can be done. That way, you don’t waste those months if they need to get you a new dress. Make sure to bring up the size chart issue the PP suggested!
Post # 12
I wore Enzoani Casablanca for my recent October wedding (so good choice of dress!) … I am a street size 4-6, tried on a sample size 2 in the store and I ended up ordering a 10 at the store’s suggestion (as i have a larger chest). They ended up only taking it in about a 1/2 inch to inch in the lower half. The dress seems to run on the smaller side so I can’t believe they ordered you a 2!
I agree with a PP, since you have 9 months until your wedding I would have the store re-order the dress as they obviously didn’t measure you correctly. The Casablanca does fit tight through the waist and really defines your hips a lot (at least that’s how mine fit). But it should NOT be uncomfortable. I had a little difficulty sitting down in mine, but any form-fitting corseted dress isn’t the easiest to sit in. If they cannot reorder, perhaps they can let it out in the seams or zipper portion? Have you tried talking to the place that is doing your alterations to see what can be done?
Post # 13
Thanks for all the comments guys – really helpful.
The place where I’m getting it altered is also the place where I bought it. This dress takes 4-6 months to come in (and in my case came in in only 2 months). This place is about two hours from where I live and is so busy you need an appointment so it’s not very easy to just pop in, unfortunately.
I am figuring I will go for my appointment in March. If they tell me they ordered the wrong size they still will have almost eight months to get the dress in. The lady at the salon didn’t look at all concerned that it was tight and just constantly reassured me that everything would be altered to fit me perfectly and not to worry.
Oh boy I hope she’s right!!
Post # 14
I’m a street size 2 and measured inbetween a 0-2 in Enzoani. My dress is a 2 from their 2011 line and I think the sizing for Enzoani is very accurate. When you wear it for a bit, dresses are supposed to stretch a bit more than when you initially try it on. Can they make the hooks on the corset (the underbust band) a bit wider so you’re not so cinched in? Or maybe consider taking it out altogether since you don’t seem to need it and it’s not giving you a streamline shape. With the amount of time left for alterations, I think you’ll be fine!
Post # 15
@arabesque: I will have to meet with the seamstress but my initial thoughts are to remove that band entirely and put boning in so that it will smooth out that area and keep it from riding up to my waist. Hopefully there is some give in the seams (I think an inch or so should do it) so that I will get a better fit around the hips and might be able to sit down that evening! I had no trouble getting the zipper up while wearing the dress – it was really just that band that was literally squeezing the life out of me!
Honestly Bees.. you’re all so helpful. All of my maids have crazy personal issues going on right now and I don’t want to bother them with wedding trivialities when the date is still quite far off. Thank you so much for your help 🙂
Post # 16
@sanjessica: I would call the store right NOW and tell them to order you the next size up (or even a 6), and have it expedited. They are 100% at fault for this.
I had a similar experience with my bridesmaid dresses–my BMs and I wore Enzoani, who I’m sure you have realized, cut on the small side. The shop where I got my wedding dress told me to order a bigger size, since Enzoani cuts small, and they altered it down to my size. All of my BMs are slim ladies, but the store where we got the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses didn’t make everyone order larger sizes, and we had lots of fit issues. Well, my Bridesmaid or Best Man who ordered a size 4 dress (she’s 5’10, Dirty Delete cup size, size 2 jeans) couldn’t zip her dress up unless she had some emergency rib-removal and breast reduction, and my Bridesmaid or Best Man who’s a street size 00-0 couldn’t zip up her size 2 dress. The girl with the size 4 dress ended up last-minute ordering a size 8, and the Bridesmaid or Best Man who ordered the size 2 ended up wearing the other one’s size 4 dress.
It took some explanation on my part, and convincing the store that despite their “no returns” policy, we had to return the size 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. They eventually agreed to the return. Just stand strong and remember it’s not your fault!