Help! Issues with Maggie Sottero Emma and 3 weeks to go!

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
220 posts
Helper bee

Hi there! I also have this dress and have the same issue with it puckering at the front hip area… I’ve been trying to lose the small spare tire I have, thinking that might help, but so far the weight hasn’t shifted and I don’t think it will in the 3 weeks I have left too! I don’t think anyone will really notice the puckering – most of the time you won’t be standing perfectly still facing anyone except your man, and he sure won’t notice! The rest of the time you’ll be moving around or sitting, so I doubt anyone else will notice either.

I agree the back looks too tight – if you let it out but fill in the cups more (with padding) will that help maybe?

But for the record I think it still looks beautiful on you anyway!

Post # 5
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I think the hip puckering issue could be rectified with not pulling the lacing in the corset as tight at the bottom. Just a bit looser and it would eliminate that, I think. Once laced up, have someone put their fingers under it and loosen it slowly, and keep checking to see if the puckering is gone.

The top part looks too tight as well, and even slight loosening makes it too loose? The only other option I can think of is to eliminate the corset altogether and have her attach the back panel (is it solid or the same fabric?) and put in a zipper. I’d think there’d be plenty of time to do that in 3 weeks.

Post # 7
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

It’s hard to tell from the pics, but is it pulling a little at the hips? If the fabric is bias-cut, it may pucker in random places due to a poor fit in other areas. If not, could your seamstress try adding a light interfacing to the base fabric in the centre panel? As a last resort, possibly unpicking the centre panel, adding light interfacing to the base fabric, then restitching it (to stabilize the seams) *might* help. Also, have you tried the dress with a modest crinonline or tulle petticoat? That might help to support the fabric a little ..

As for the back, I think this style would definitely lend itself to having a deeper back. The worst part seems to be the straight sections on either side of the corset – your seamstress could probably alter these sections to follow the line of the straps (roughly 45 degrees) and lower the corset by an inch or two. 

I hope that helps – keep us posted!

Post # 8
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2017

This reply is not meant to be upsetting, but this is what happens when you order a dress way too small.  The hip is puckering because it is too tight, the back is an issue for the same reason.  Always, always order the dress in the correct size or larger, don’t order it way too small and expect to lose weight.  If you happen to lose weight, it is much easier to take a dress in than try to resolve all of these issues when there is not enough fabric.  This entire problem could have been avoided if the dress had more material to work with, and could have been customized to her exact shape by a seamstress.  Just a word of advice for those thinking of ordering a dress that does not fit.        

Post # 9
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

jennypg :  this thread is three years old, so I doubt she needs anymore advice on this issue. Good advice though! It could help people if you started a new thread on it. 

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