Help! letting a wedding dress out?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had always heard, over and over again, that you absolutely CANNOT let a wedding dress out.  However, when I took my dress in to the seamstress she said a lot of dresses nowadays have an extra inch or two hidden in the side seams (it depends on the dress, of course) to be used in case it needs to be let out.  Upon further inspection, we realized that my dress had the extra seam fabric as well!

I guess my advice is to ask your seamstress, but you would think if it was taken in at one point, it could be let out, right?

Post # 4
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293 posts
Helper bee

@529:  Not necessarily.  Sometimes when a dress is taken in, any extra fabric is trimmed to make the seam lay as flat as possible.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

When I purchased my dress (a Marisa), the my sales woman advised me to go one size smaller than what I measured at because of how huge the sample dress was on me. Unfortunately, she did not take into account how stretched the sample was, so I had to get the top let out as much as it would go. That ended up being a couple of inches. 

The problem you might run into, though, is the fact that the previous owner already took the dress in. As MissCosmopolitan stated, they may have cut out that extra fabric. All you can really do is take it to a seamstress and see what she can do. 

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If the previous owner had it taken in, hopefully they didn’t cut the fabric and you can just let it out again!  It’s not necessarily true that all wedding dresses can’t be let out.  Usually there’s a 5/8th inch seam allowance on every seam, and a talented seamstress will be able to let it out a touch all over.  It won’t make it much bigger, but it’ll certainly help.

And if not – Spanx?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

How did it go?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I so hope it works out! I just know how badly I was freaking out at my first fitting when the dress wouldn’t even zip. I was the most laid back bride ever, but this was my one crazy moment. I actually started getting hives because I was so panicked! 

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@pinky44:

Hi Bree, I am looking at buying a Marisa dress (677) in a US size 8. I tried it on in the UK in a size 12 and it was too big – the woman in the shop thought I would be a 10. I’m not sure if there is a difference between the US and UK sizes – but the US 8 is also on sale at a massive reduction because it’s a former sample and so I am hoping I can get that and perhaps have it let out an inch if I need to.

From your experience, you think there is enough room in a Marisa to have it let out a bit?

Thanks! Lisa

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2016

i have the mori lee 1653 sample i purchased and then gained weight. i am now overflowing the bodice. has anyone been successful letting this dress’s bodice out. i know satin can be hard, showing original stitching. any hope? will shapewear help with back and front bodice overflow?

http://www.morilee.com/bridals/bridal/1653

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

My Mori Lee was able to be let about a bit. The top was a tad too tight and my seamstress was able to let it out about a 1/2 inch on each side- it really helped it lay better and helped my back fat issue- plus I was so much more comfortable.

Post # 13
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Newbee

Also depends on what type of fabric…mine is lace, and the overskirt (top layer of lace) was trimmed closely to lay correctly….so the underskirt/lining may have seam allowance to play with, but the lace may not…..

I’m a costumer, so I feel confident in doing it myself. I’m liekly goign to find a pretty lace applique and just insert a gusset beneath the back closure to open up through the hips…..the bust area is a corset so that’s okay….

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