Post # 1
To all my fellow bees,
Firstly I want to give a BIG THANKS to everyone that helped me to make a dress choice in my 2 part poll post! and the dress I picked is….
THIS ONE! (Dress 1 from Post 2) with a different belt.
However, there is only one more thing I need help with😊
So this dress is an Angel Rivera sample dress (discontinued) in a size 10, I am a size 16. So it will definitely need major alterations work. This dress will also need the works as far as cleaning. This dress is an amazing price and makes me feel like a bride, but I’m still pretty far out and have The time to order something new. The only other dress that I tried on that even comes close to this dress is a dress from Davids Bridal (pic below)
but it obviously does not have the same quality as the designer gown. What do you guys think? I would love to hear any encouraging stories! Thanks again bees!
Post # 2
I think you should keep looking. The dress you picked is lovely, but turning a 10 into a 16 is going to be very hard and expensive and possibly fruitless. The David’s Bridal gown I’ve seen in person many times when I was an employee there, and it is nowhere near as beautiful as the one you picked. There are other dresses very similar to the one you picked that can be ordered in your size in time!
Post # 3
Before you drop any money on a dress three sizes too small, regardless of how good of a deal it is, see if you can talk to a seamstress about what the alterations will really entail. It looks like you can probably put a corset back into that dress and get extra breathing room that way, but if any of the changes that you envision are a) impossible given remaining seam allowance or b) will change the look of the dress, that would be important for your decision making.
It’s a gorgeous dress and I hope it works out for you. I feel like you’ve had enough disappointment and stress in your shopping already, and don’t need any more if you can avoid it.
Post # 4
I don’t like the way the fabric hangs on the DB dress. I don’t think it will be very flattering.
Post # 5
You honestly don’t look like you have weight to lose especially the amount of weight it would take to lose three sizes. And I don’t know where you lose weight from first. I always lose weight off my butt first some people lose it off their bust and some people lose it all over. You might not lose weight where you want to. But I second OP. Talk to a seamstress about the cost of alterations and what can be done and at what price. You do look lovely in the dress but gorgeous dresses come out each year and one thing that I have learned during my pathetically long engagement is that your tastes change over time.
Post # 6
Definitely talk with a seamstress first. I can’t imagine letting a dress out a few sizes is as easy as taking one in but I’m really not sure. The first dress is beautiful on you but if it just won’t work, keep looking. You’ll find something you love for sure. My dress is an Alfred Angelo sample but lucky for me, the sample was a size 16 and fits me as is, but a major selling point was having the seamstress reassure me that she could take it in no matter how much I lose (realistically) in 9 months. I’m comforted knowing it fits in case I don’t lose any so I feel like it would be stressful on you with alterations.
Post # 7
Definitely speak to a seamestress first. I doubt that there would be enough fabric in the side seams to let it out enough, so you’d be probably looking at adding any extra panel of fabric to the back or converting to a lace-up back. Those things are possible, but a panel wouldn’t be easy to do if the back has that pleating/draping as well, while a lace-up back might not be the look you’re going for.
Whatever you do, DON’T rely on losing weight to be able to fit into the dress. You just don’t know where the weight you lose will come off from and you also risk not losing enough and screwing everything up. It`s too much stress to worry about on top of everything else.