Post # 1
I hope someone out there can ease my fears. I bought a Judd Waddell ball gown at Macy’s in March. When I purchased it, I told the sales clerk that I planned on losing about 15 more pounds, and she assured me they could take it in.
The gown arrived yesterday, and it really is 2-3 sizes too big. The same sales clerk who told me they could alter my dress to accommodate my weight loss ACTUALLY told me to start eating and gain weight because they could not fix the dress and basically I ruined my dress.
Unfortunately, the seamstress was not in yesterday so I could not ask her. I have attached a picture of my dress – it is a corset style with a full ballgown skirt. I don’t see why they can’t just take in the bodice.
Has anyone gone through this? Any advice or should I start looking for a new dress (& the money to pay for it!!!)
Thank you for the help 🙂
Post # 3
They should be able to take it in..i got a dress around 3 sizes too big (from this site since i had no time to rush order my dream dress) it is a corset back as well and my seamstress took it in NO PROBLEM …i suggest going to a different seamstress ..but first maybe go back in when their seamstress is there 🙂
Post # 4
When my dress got in it was at least 3 sizes too big. At least my seamstress said that she took at least three sizes out.
It caused some issues with the rouching, but that was it.
It can be fixed.. wait till you talk to a seamstress!
Post # 5
I was in a similar situation as you, having lost weight and the dress just being too large to begin with. My wedding dress was corset and they were definitely able to take it in on the sides, redo the beadwork and add boning to the top again.
it takes more work and time but by all means DOABLE!!
Post # 6
the sales lady is just jealous that you lost weight 🙂 wait to talk to the seamstress. There are only a few types of gowns that cannot be seriously altered (taking out to much fabric compromises the lay and fit of the dress). With a simply bodice and skirt design like this, you will be able to have it taken in, I promise!! I have done a bit of sewing in my day.
Post # 7
I second ktisthatbees comment!!
Post # 8
They can do it! No panic, but I would take the dress elsewhere just because they don’t deserve your business.
I had a bridesmaid dress come in once 3 sizes to big. Actually, I could fit 2 of me in it, and they took it in just fine!
Post # 9
If their seamstress says it’s impossible you may want to try someone else. I’d at the very least get a second opinion.
Post # 10
That’s bull…I had a size 10 sample altered for my size 2 frame before. Especially that ballgown shape is very easy to alter.
Post # 11
Am I right in thinking there’s a big pleat at each side of the skirt, too?
Should be no problem, and that pleat should make it much easier, effectively hiding the join, and making the adjustment less taxing. I’m sure I saw a bride on here with a satin mermaid gown altered down 3-4 sizes, and it looked amazing. Don’t panic.
Also, unless you’re very very short, (less than 5 foot) 15lbs should approximately convert to 1 dress size, give or take (can you tell my weight goes up and down!?) so it should only be one size too big, not 3! Seems like they made a bit of a boo-boo on selecting your size to start with…
Post # 12
oh this makes me feel better, I have lost about 15 lbs too and am trying on my dress for the first time tomorrow…this dress doesnt have pleats…do any of you think they will have problems taking this dress in? I am just soooo worried because the back starts to go down to a V…will this affect how they can take in the sides?
Post # 13
A: sorry for the huge pictures and B: sorry for highjacking this post instead of starting my own 🙂
Post # 14
First: HUGS!!! Second: take a deep breath, Third: get a second if not third opinion, what one seamtress doesnt think (or have the skills to make possible) another can
Plus remember it was just a sales lady who told you this, what are her credintals(sp) as a seamstress?
I have also heard of seamtress saying it was impossible if they felt it was too much work!!!
Ask around, things WILL be OKAY!
Post # 15
Wow – thanks so much for all of the help! I feel a lot better. Yeah, my sales clerk was not Ms. Personality when I bought the dress, but I loved the dress and she was spot-on with the veil, shoes, and accessories.
Thanks again everyone – I think I can sleep easy tonight.
fallfarmbride10 – I LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress – it is beautiful!
Post # 16
@mar248 thanks, so is yours! who makes it? and good luck with alterations and future weight loss, good job!