(Closed) Explain to me why 95% of brides need dress alterations.

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Why did you get alterations?

    It fit nicely but I needed it to be PERFECT because it's my special day

    I am shaped like a person, not a mannequin, and needed things taken in, let out

    I am short and needed it hemmed, or wanted add-ons (ex. bustles, cups, added bling)

    Wedding dresses are not shaped properly in order to make me spend more time and money.

  • Post # 3
    419 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    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
    756 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    1766 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    2374 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

     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
    10627 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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 # 9
    10627 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Having cups sewn in rarely has to do with how the dress fits, so I’m confused by that comment.

    Post # 10
    11515 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @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
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @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
    8472 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @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
    3400 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I had to have mine hemmed, taken in, and cups added.

    The difference was pretty substantial

    Post # 15
    2386 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
    1338 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @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 DD – 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.

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