Post # 1
So I picked up my dress today! Yay! I haven’t done any alterations yet, but I was a bit surprised by how tight the dress was. It is a strapless mermaid with a sweetheart neckline. The lady in the bridal shop told me that bridal dresses are meant to look gorgeous, not comfy, and that strapless dresses are supposed to be that way, and that it will stretch out a bit. Nonetheless, I am a bit worried–I want to feel comfy dancing all night! I can zip it up no problem, and I can get in and out of it by myself. However, I can’t take deep full breaths. It is loose throught the hips and almost everywhere, just really tight where my rib cage is, below my bust. I can’t really lose weight from my ribs.
I suppose I can have it taken out, but I’ve always heard that taking it out is very difficult, and I don’t want marks from where the seam once was. I am very small chested, so it is loose there, and it is just the lower rib cage area that is tight. I thought that strapless gowns are supposed to be held up by boning that goes to your hips, and the dress does have boning that goes that far. I can’t really order a new dress at this point, and it does look great.
Thoughts? Am I just worrying over nothing? Is this supposed to be the way strapless dresses fit/feel? It didn’t look tight or anything, and it felt like it would never fall down/budge.
Thanks in advance for your input!
Post # 3
happycamper8: If you can zip it up no problem, it’s not too tight. I wouldn’t bother letting it out unless you have difficulty zipping it. It is supposed to be tightest in the ribs/natural waist to ensure it won’t fall down.
Post # 4
happycamper8: Hmmm I haven’t picked up my dress yet so I’m not a totally reliable source but I had this conversation with the wonderful bridal shop manager who looked after me and I remember her saying something along the lines of it should be very fitted (I have the same style, strapless sweatheart mermaid) but comfortable.
I imagine that my dress won’t be the most comfortable thing i’ve ever worn given the style i’ve gone for, but it sounds like i’ll be fine moving around etc – from what you said it sounds like it fits just about right, my only concern is you saying you can’t breath deeply in it – have you mentioned this to the place you ordered it from? I’d just want to make sure that should there be any nerves on the day, you don’t pass out from lack of oxygen! lol
Post # 5
Hmm not sure if I 100% agree with the seamstress. If you’re wearing the dress all day, you WANT to be comfy! The last thing you want is to be uncomfy and unhappy on your wedding day. If you can get in and out on your own then I don’t think it’s too tight. Between my last fitting and my wedding day I had managed to lose a few pounds (which I found out to be pretty common) just simply due to the stress of things and my dress ended up being a little too lose around the bust and I had to keep tugging it up through out the day. How far away is your wedding? With each of my fittings, I managed to keep (unintentionally) losing weight so it could be possible that the fit will be more to your liking by then!
Post # 6
My first seamstress altered my dress tight through the rib cage. I could zip it up but I couldn’t take deep full breaths which I knew I couldn’t handle the whole day. I brought it to a different seamstress and she took it out (and in) in all the right places so that it was comfortable and stayed up. A good seamstress should be able to make your dress comfortable. Just because it’s stapless doesn’t mean it needs to be super tight!
Post # 7
happycamper8: Your bridal consultant is correct…a strapless mermaid or trumpet gown is really not meant to be all that comfortable. Mine was very difficult to sit down in, but that was a small price to pay to wear my dress gown on the biggest day of my life. Having said that, I could certainly take deep breaths in it while standing.
Post # 8
I was not able to take deep breaths in my dress. In fact, when I put it on in the morning, I really thought I was gonna pass out. But it stretches out quickly. It was like a second skin. It moved so well with me. By the end of the night I was really aching. I have terrible posture and my back was so sore from having to hold myself straight up all day long. You can’t slouch at all when the dress is that tight. I don’t have the back muscles for that! Lol. Anyway, point is, my dress stayed up all day and night and I wouldn’t have done a single thing differently. I’m glad I had it fitted so tight.