Post # 1
When 100% of us think it’s a pain in the tits. I know it’s not because we are THAT picky. I know most of us would say “This is good enough” if it really was good enough.
I understand length is an issue and bustles are often wanted… but I’m talking about brides buying dresses in their size, then needing different things taken in, let out, having cups added, etc.
This is the thing… I buy dresses all the time, from tea length to floor length, lined, unlined, layered, satin, chiffon, whatever. I have it all. I have never been in a situation where a dress didn’t fit as long as I purchased the correct size.
Is there something up with the wedding dress industry that the dresses are made in a way that prevents them from fitting correctly?
Have I just been unbelievably lucky all this time to find formal wear that fits perfectly every single time? Or is there really something going on with these dresses? Side note- I am not lucky, so I already know this is not the case.
I understand wedding gowns are different than formal wear, but I mention this because I also hear a lot of alterations are being done on bridesmaid dresses.
I just want to buy a dress, pick it off the rack or order the size I would like, and be done with it.
Post # 3
Look at all of the stress, and detail we put into planning everything about our weddings, so when I purchase the dress I am going to be wearing on this day I’ve been planning for so long I want it to be as perfect as possible. Especially when spending that much money on a dress, it better fit me like a glove lol. Sometimes I do think some places overcharge, they know it’s your wedding and you’re willing to pay a bit more. I always try to remember, you get what you pay for…usually lol.
Post # 4
I had great luck with my wedding dress. It was made by Cassablanca, so they measured me before I purchased and it was made to be the correct length. I didn’t have to do any alterations to it because it fit great. I did add a bustle, though. But I will say, if I had gotten basicaly any other dress then it wouldn’t have fit me well. And it was because of big issues, not just that they didn’t look perfect. They actually did not fit.
Post # 5
You find formal wear that fits perfectly every time?! Like, bridesmaids dresses, prom dresses, etc? You’re DEFINITELY either lucky or just shaped exactly how the designers want you to be shaped!
I have to buy dresses to fit my boobs, which are typically 2 sizes bigger than the rest of me. And then there’s the fact that I’m 5’1″, so I have to pay someone to chop a foot off the bottom of the dress. And then there’s the fact that I have really narrow shoulders, so if there are straps, they need to be shortened or moved.
Interestingly enough, my wedding dress only needed hemmed! It was the easiest alteration I’ve had to deal with!
Post # 6
My Mom was a dressmaker, and looking at people every day, I can honestly say that every single person I’ve ever seen would benefit from minor alterations to their clothes. Whether it’s a 1/2 inch extra hemmed on their pants, or a little nipped in waist, or letting out a teeny bit on the bust, it makes a significant visual impact. We normally compensate by wearing a belt, or a cami, or a taller heel. But for a wedding dress, it’s all on display, so it should be perfect.
Post # 7
If I buy a dress from the mall, chances are I’ll be trying on a few different styles to find one the fits correctly. With wedding dresses there’s usually only one or 2 sizes of each dress to try on.
Post # 8
Thanks. I am of the opinion that if it’s close enough, I’m going forget the alterations and make it work. I’ve never had anything else altered in my life and I think I’ve looked fine so far. I am definitely not hating on anyone who would alter to make it perfect, I just want to ease my mind about the possibility of never finding a good fit and needing to pay up for the alterations. A friend of mine just paid $450 for her alterations and her dress was only $400!
Post # 9
Having cups sewn in rarely has to do with how the dress fits, so I’m confused by that comment.
Post # 10
@MissCoffeeBean: I have never found a dress that fits me perfectly. I’m a bottom heavy hourglass (not quite a pair but bigger in the hips). If I’d bought a ballgown, I probably could have found a dress that didn’t need alterations, but I’m 2 different sizes. In street clothes I’m a 6/8 on top and a 8/10/12 on bottom depending on what I’m buying.
My dress is a fit and flare, my dress is currently a little big in the bust and a little small in the hips.
If it was for something else, I might actually say ‘egh, close enough’ but it’s my wedding and i want it to be 100% PERFECT.
Post # 11
@MissCoffeeBean: I chose a dress with minimal alterations in mind on purpose. I kept hearing stories of big bucks alterations.
If it doesn’t fit/flatter me easily, it wasn’t the correct dress for my figure. The dresses are the problem, not us. Some ladies have unusual proportions, but mostly I think it’s possible to find something that works without tons of alterations.
That said, I’m 5’4 and wanted to wear flats. I ordered the dress in a custom length (+$), which also came with a custom collar bone to waist measurement. Otherwise, the dress in my size fit like a glove. 😀 It didn’t need any alterations, but I did have a seamstress add a bustle.
A corset back helps too though. I had one of those.
Post # 12
@MissCoffeeBean: Yeah, if every dress you get fits perfectly, then you are definitely lucky. I can rarely even find shirts that fit perfectly, let alone dresses. My boobs are one size, and my stomach is another.
When I tried on wedding dresses at Davids Bridal, the 18 wouldnt zip, and the 20 had to be clipped because it was so big.
Post # 13
I had to have mine hemmed, taken in, and cups added.
The difference was pretty substantial
Post # 14
I am so glad you found the perfect dress. But what you described is what I’m afraid of. I am considering going the custom made route if that’s what it takes. My Fiance just bought his wedding suit off the rack (it needed hemmed but they were a raw edge anyway) and I am praying I have a similarly easy experience.
There are things that are often too short or too long, sometimes if I try on S/R/L lengths for dresses at department stores every length is wrong, but the body always fits. I don’t have big anythings so this may help. (P.S. big anythings includes butt/boobs/hips/shoulders.) I’m certainly not a perfect build, but nothing is really noteworthy.
I find that my formal wear is always a perfect fit, but my everyday clothes don’t fit as well and I would love to be able to pay to get them altered, but I’m not working yet. Once I graduate though… it’s not out of the question…
I get that they don’t have a lot of sizes on hand, but I’m probably going to buy from David’s Bridal, and they have every size available online to order. I know most places don’t have the size on hand, but they could order the closest size for the bride. All of my friends went to David’s Bridal and they all needed alterations.
Post # 15
Mine needed a lining added, the hem shortened, a bustle, and some significant taking in. The next size down was too small, so they had to order a size too big and alter it down. I think it depends on the shape of the dress as well – a ballgown doesn’t have as many possible alterations as a mermaid.
Consider yourself lucky to be a standard size that can easily fit into clothes off the rack.
Post # 16
@MissCoffeeBean: I am five feet tall to begin with. So almost any dress would need to be hemmed. If it’s a cocktail length dress, it would probably be perfect floor length for me. Second, I wear about a size 0-2 on my waist/hips. But I’m like a 32 Dear Daughter – which does not work for most dresses. MOST dresses in general I buy, I fit for the top of me, and alter the bottom.
It’s not about fitting perfectly for me, it’s about fitting in general.