Post # 1
I had my first alterations appointment last night with a seamstresss who works from her home. She came recommended by two friends.
I bought my dress new from Ebay for $400 (a bride who bought her dress and the wedding was cancelled). It was advertised as a Maggie Sottero and has the “Maggie Sottero Couture” tag inside the gown, but after searching for the specific style of the dress, I started to worry that it was a knockoff.
Good news – the seamstress, who is familiar with Maggie dresses, says she’s sure it IS an authentic Maggie gown (based on the materials and how well it was put together). I still don’t know which style she is, but I am glad to know she’s “real.”
Bad news – All along, I’ve been working out and watching what I eat in order to lose inches to make the top fit better. Turns out, it’s my ribcage (and not my bust) that is too large. She flat out told me that no amount of working out would make the dress fit – my ribcage is simply too big for the dress.
More bad news – My gown has a tulle overlay with beaded appliques and pearls and the seamstress doesn’t have the equipment needed to let the dress out. She thinks a half inch from both sides will be sufficient and she’s sure the dress has that amount to let out, but she’s not comfortable doing the alterations due to all the details on my dress.
So…she recommended another local seamstress who works with a bridal shop and thought that would be a better fit for me and my dress alterations. I was appreciative of her honesty … now I just need to make an appointment with the next lady, in hopes that she can let my gown out. I also need a bustle, but otherwise, she fits perfectly.
Post # 3
@milesbella: That dress is stunning! You look fantastic! Have you considered putting in a corset? That would give you the extra room you need while still holding the form of the dress and leaving the details untouched…
Post # 4
Such a beautiful dress! Keep us updated as you meet with the new seamstress:)
Post # 5
@vlvesq: A corset is my last resort, only because the back has buttons all the way down the back and I absolutely LOVE them! If the next seamstress recommends that though, that’s what I’ll do. I’m just anxious to have it zipped all the way up so I can see what it will look like.
Post # 6
looks gorgeous! i was having a similar problem where i couldn’t zip my dress up, seemingly because of my ribcage! it turns out the zipper was just getting stuck, because when i tried it with a corset underneath, i was still having trouble. so onto my suggestion! real, steel-boned corsets (underneath, so no need to convert those beautiful buttons!) can minimize your ribcage size a little bit, so you can always try that as an option… i know how frustrating it is to want to put on your dress and not being able to get the full effect!
Post # 7
what a beautiful dress! cant wait to see the final results!
Post # 8
I was told the same thing about my ribcage. That my ribcage is size 8 and there’s nothing I can do to fit smaller than that up top, wasn’t about to do a crazy corset.
Great that the seamstress was honest and straightforward. I hope you find someone who can do the alterations for a reasonable price. Sounds like you got a great deal on the gown. Are you doing a sweetheart nekcline as well?
Post # 9
@kala_way: I haven’t decided on the sweetheart yet. My boobs are naturally spaced far apart (like a full fist can fit between them) so it’s something I’ve always been self-conscious about. I’m afraid the sweetheart will make it more prominent/stand out. I’m going to talk to the next seamstress about it though.
Post # 10
Gorgeous dress!! I’m sure the seamstress from the bridal store will be able to do your alterations with no problems!! They do that sort of thing all the time — it’s amazing! 🙂 Keep us posted!
Post # 11
Have you looked at Maggie’s Philippa? I’m pretty sure that’s your dress. 🙂
Post # 12
@natalila: That’s the dress I thought I was buying, but a few Bees have Phillipa and they’re definitely a little bit different (I compared them next to each other in a post months ago).
Post # 13
Thank goodness for honest seamstresses, right?! I’m sure everything will work out for you and you’ll look absolutely stunning!!!