Post # 1
My gown is Allure style 8904. A big ball gown. Went to my 2nd fitting and they had taken the bodice up much more than I thought they would. It is very fitted. I can breathe, but I can take any deep breaths. Is that normal? She said the fabric would stretch out after wearing it 30 minutes or so. How fitted was the top of your dress?
Post # 3
You know what, I think mine did stretch out a little. It was very tight when I put it on and I don’t remember it being uncomfortable the rest of the night. Hmmm, I didn’t even think about it.
Post # 4
@hheathcock: gorgeous dress.
my dress had to have emergency alterations just 1 week prior b/c of weight loss due to illness. at first, the seamstress took it in too much and i couldn’t even do it up. she let it out a bit so that i could do it up but it was difficult to take a full breath. after a couple of hours, my dress did stretch a bit so i could breathe normally and sit down at dinner.
Post # 5
Mine was rather uncomfortable during dinner, I swear I could feel it getting tighter with every bite lol. But it did loosen up a bit after the initial lace up (mine was a corset back though).
Post # 6
Given that opera singers can perform entire Wagnerian cycles in tight-laced corsets, the fact that you can’t breathe in your dress is less a matter of it being too tight and more that you’re not used to it so therefore don’t know how to breathe in a corset-type structure.
As to how tight it should be, you definitely need it tight enough that there is no chance of it falling down. Beyond that it’s up to you.
Post # 7
Very tight. Mine felt like a second skin, and was pretty uncomfortable when I put it on at the beginning of the day.
Post # 8
I had mine altered (despite my gut feeling) and it was so tight that I could not sit at the dinner table. I had to change out of my gown which was so sad because I had planned on keeping it on as long as I could!
Walking around, standing and getting photos it was fine. I even managed to paddle a canoe while wearing the gown, but it hurt a little!
I remember asking the seamstress if I’m supposed to breath freely too.
People talk of their gowns stretching. I did not feel any such stretching at all. Felt the same as when I put it on. Maybe even worse over time as the corset was digging into my armpit.
Post # 9
I would LOVE to see a picture of you in the dress! It is simply stunning and would love to see it on a real bride!
I think it should loosen up as you wear it a while.
Post # 10
Mine isn’t altered yet, but I am going to get my measures taken while wearing a corset, if that tells you anything. My philosophy is that if I can breathe completely unencumbered, it isn’t tight enough.
Post # 11
@EffieTrinket: I love my wedding corset. I took it out and tried it on againtoday. It gives you a really good foundation for a dress.
Post # 12
Mine was super tight, I definitely couldn’t take a deep breath and I was worried about dancing too vigorously and passing out or something! But by the time the ceremony was over I didn’t even notice it, so I think it stretched out.
Post # 13
@SpecialSundae: Were you the bee who recommended I go with What Katie Did?
Post # 14
@EffieTrinket: Possibly. They’re a good brand. I’ve had to have all mine custom-made for years as I have weird proportions (freakishly long torso and a lot curvier than most long-bodied corsets allow for).
Post # 15
My dress started out super tight. At my fittings, I was worrying I would pass out when I wore it on the wedding day. However, my dress stretched out a ton throughout the wedding day and was sagging a ton by the end of the evening. Now I wish it had been a lace up back, because then I would have been able to tighten it as the night went on.
Post # 16
I went the other way- mine was quite loose, although my dress had sleeves, so I wasn’t worrying about it falling down. I will say, though, that it still wasn’t very comfortable. Because the whole weight of it was haning off my shoulders instead of being distributed over my torso, my dress wore grooves in my shoulders. Lots of chafing. I kind of wish that I’d gone tighter!