Post # 1
In the entire time i’ve been searching for the “perfect” dress, I keep coming back to the same one – Vera Wang #12826. I really do NOT want to spend any more than $1000 on a dress, it is just not “me” at all, not to mention it would totally screw our budget! However, the exact dress i’ve been sweating showed up on eBay, in my city, with bids starting at $1000. Amazing, right?
Here’s the problem. I wear a size 10 (hopefully a 6 once wedding diet is over) and am 5’7″. The dress on eBay is a designer size 8-10, street size 4-6, and has been shorted for someone who is 5’3″ to wear with 3″ heels. Is this too much of a long shot? Could it possibly be altered to fit my big moose of a body after being worn by someone so petite?
For reference, here is the dress:
Post # 3
For the length, it depends on how it was altered, it might be able to be let out a bit–especially if you’re willing to wear flats, but you’d have to ask the seller how much fabric is left. Honestly, I’d ask for a picture of the inside hem.
As for the size—that’s where the real long shot is, I personally wouldn’t be comfortable buying a dress with the expectation of losing 3 dress sizes. It’s possible there’s enough fabric to alter it one size up, and if you have a brave seamstress she might be able to do more with it, if you’re willing to be creative (satin strip on inside seam), but I don’t know.
It’s a risk. You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky….punk 🙂
Post # 4
Personally if that is all or most of your dress budget I wouldn’t take the chance. You can’t do much about a dress that is too small, and even if you lose weight you still have to work with the length. It is worth sending a message and asking the seller specifics though. Sometimes brides have their dresses altered differently (such as leaving the fabric intact) if they are planning to sell it.
I did see this one on preownedweddingdresses…. it’s listed for $2000 but if the seller’s had it for sale for a while they may be willing to negotiate :). You do have plenty of time to find the right dress, whether it’s this one or something else.
Post # 5
Even if you can get it altered (I honestly have no idea what a seamstress can do so I won’t bother chiming in on that aspect) just be aware that you might have to pay an arm and a leg (especially in New York) to have serious work done on a wedding dress. You should also find out if the dress needs to be professionally cleaned. And, if bids are starting at $1,000, they might not stay there by the time the auction ends. So, I wish you a LOT of luck, but before you get your hopes up on it, just be aware costs could skyrocket. [If you do get it and want a seamstress rec, PM me – mine is in midtown and used to work for Vera Wang.]
Post # 6
Thank you so much for your input! $1000 wouldnt kill my budget, i just don’t want to pay full price for anything! I’ve bene having a hard time finding a “plain” halter dress, with good material and lines, without it being sparkly or beaded or anything – that’s totally not me!
So, next question – has anyone seen any good looking, halter, plain, long dresses? All the cute retro places like Dolly only have tea length. Thanks!