Post # 1
I’m new here though have been reading for many months! I am wearing Emma by a Maggie Sottero and was in love with it but really have just fallen out of love with it no feel horrible wearing it. I’ve had lots of issues getting it to fit properly and my seamstress is pretty much at the end of options. My two main issues as it stands:
It buckles funny around my hips. We’ve let it out, we’ve taken it in. She’s now undoing the facing from the satin to see if it releases some of the tension between the two fabrics. If that doesn’t work, I’ve no idea what to do because I feel horrible wearing it. As you can see from the photos, it’s quite obvious. I’ve noticed it in more minor ways on other brides in photos but wanted to know if anyone had any other suggestions?
My second issue is back fat 🙁 It can’t be taken in any further under the arms, but if I let it out so the back fat isn’t so bad, it’s too loose around the bust and straps.
I’m miserable about this dress and the wedding. I’m dreading wearing it. I don’t feel like a princess like I dreamed I would. I wish I’d lost more weight and just chosen a different dress altogether 🙁
Post # 2
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 # 3
Thanks! that’s a good thought, I might give that a go. I think I’d need a new panel behind the lace for the corset though because it’s not wide enough to cover me, not sure how I’d get a matching colour in enough time.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
ezzkimo: Have you seen the thread on how to deal with back-fat issues? It used to be a sticky:
I don’t know if that might help you?
Post # 5
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 # 6
does the back of this dress look like it’s the style that could be cut on more of an angle to reduce the back fat like that thread suggests (thanks for the heads up also!)
And thanks for the suggestions about it being too tight and the zipper. How would a zipper change it though?
unfortunately it’s not that that lace is too tight at the bottom, it starts puckering before the lace is even done up sadly.
Post # 7
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
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
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.