Post # 1
Hi! I am new here and am looking for advice.
I bought my dress in January 2018 and my wedding is in December 2018. I know I am starting the alterations process early but I am an anxious person and I like things done a little on the earlier side. I also have a very consistent weight so I figured once the dress is fitted to me I should be good.
In a nutshell..I bought my wedding dress and I bought it off the rack. The saleslady said yes it was very big on me, but that shouldn’t be a problem because they have an in house tailor who would do the alterations. Fast forward to present day and I’m looking to get alterations done. This place’s (where I bought dress from) customer service is not responding, so I take the dress to a different (yet still reputable) tailor. This women tells me that she won’t take on the dress because she doesn’t think its do-able and that I never should have been sold a dress this big in the first place. Now I am panicking because I am afraid my dress can’t be altered. Any tips? What can and can’t be done to a dress?
I am attaching iages of the dress if that helps with any advice..
I would really appreciate any comments, thank you!
Post # 2
I’m no expert in alterations, but that looks ENORMOUS on you and like it will be a huge amount of work to take in.
I would get a second opinion and see if another tailor will do the work. But you may have the same reaction, And if you do, perhaps you can go to the store where you bought it in person and tell them of all the difficulties you’ve had and ask to see their tailor/seamstress.
Post # 3
I can understand her concerns; it looks like a lot of reconstruction would be needed to fit the dress on you due to the delicate fabric and lace appliques. It will be difficult and expensive, but not impossble. Definitely seek a second opinion!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
I honestly don’t think that dress looks that big on you… A couple sizes maybe. I was told by a tailor once that she wont take any dress in more than 5 sizes. You definitely dont have 5 sizes to spare there. I would take it to another tailor and see what they say. You may end up paying a fair bit because they may have to essentially remake most of the dress though.
Post # 5
marygnozzio : so take it to another seamstress. Find one who specializes in bridal (a bridal seamstress will have different knowledge and skills than a typical tailor).
Post # 6
Um, this is the dress shop’s problem if they said their tailor would do it.
1 call one more time to set tailoring appt, if blown off ask for manager.
2 if blown off by manager, bring dress to the store and insist on someone either taking the dress back and refunding you or setting an appointment for tailoring, as they promised.
This is provided they promised their tailor would and could take care of the alterations. Hopefully you got that in writing.
Post # 7
Agree with BalletParker : that you should keep hassling the shop that you bought it from. It’s their responsibility to deal with. Also, a regular tailor likely isn’t going to feel comfortable making major changes to a wedding dress. The tailors associated with wedding dress shops have specifica wedding dress experience and often even experience specific to certain brands and styles of dress that the shop sells.
At the very least you should take it to a tailor that specializes in wedding dresses, but dealing with the shop directly is going to be your best bet.
Post # 8
BalletParker : Thank You! Its nice to know I’m not being un-reasonable with my worries. I did finally get a hold of them today (the origional place) and they are assuring me that yes their tailor can do it. I sent them the pictures of the dress and they said it should be fine. Appointment is set so fingers crossed!
Post # 9
Just read your update, good luck!
Post # 10
marygnozzio : yay! I’m so happy for you bee. What a relief. Keep us updated!
Post # 11
JiminyCricket : Its a size 4 and I need it in a 0..so really just a few sizes down.
Post # 12
Charliejeorge : Hopefully thats the case..This dress is a 4 and I need a 0!
Post # 13
Maybe that tailor wasn’t that skilled I would try contacting the shop you bought it from to recommend a tailor. Ask around call other bridal shops for recommendations. But it doesn’t look unreasonable big.
Post # 14
marygnozzio : I agree with Charliejeorge , it looks totally doable, just not easy. (as in a lot of removing lace and moving it around) I am glad you got a hold of the original tailor. Don’t worry, it’ll all be good!
P.S: it’s a gorgeous dress!
Post # 15
I was told you can go 1 size bigger and 2 sizes smaller but it looks like it is still possible. Hope it works out!!