Post # 1
About a month and a half ago I found my dream wedding dress and just fell in love. I took lots of pictures and loved the way it looked. I ordered the same size as the sample dress which felt great. I have lost about 10 pounds since I originally bought my dress and went back to try it on with some belts. When I put it on I got this really bad line/shadow below my stomach in pictures and began to get really nervous and worried. You could also see my belly button area. It made my stomach area look just terrible. The dress was looser this time, so I thought is was so strange that it looked so bad. I got so sad at the way I looked in it. Yesterday I went an tried on other dresses and found one off the rack, but I just really love the look of my first dress.
Do you all think this can be altered to look better than it does?
- I have a very short waist, so I thought that instead of hemming the bottom of the dress that it could be hemmed through the waist seem to lift the hip area a little and make it fall in a little more of a wider “A” look. Would that help? The skirt lies really flat, but does actually have the potential for some body with a petticoat.
- Also, there is no boning in the stomach area of the stress, do you all think it would be possible to have some princess seems added along with a little boning or even a corset to provide me so more support? Have any of you seen that done in a dress like this?
EDIT: Sorry! I forgot the pictures.
Picture #1: My dress the day I ordered it in this size
Picture #2: The dress last week (after losing about 10 pounds)
I hope you all can give me some advice based on your experiences. I am SOOOO worried. Thanks!
Post # 4
If the dress isn’t snug anymore there is enough material for it to drape in unflattering ways, so just get rid of what it is revealing. Spanx (or even firm control-top pantyhose) will smooth anything clinging to bellybutton and other tummy contours.
Post # 5
I also have a really short torso, and my dress looked wrinkled and weird in the stomach area when I bought it, too. Alterations made a world of difference! The waist of the dress was actually on my hips, so they brought the dress up from the middle to match the waist of the dress to my waist (and the hips to my hips), and then they took it in to fit my shape and hemmed the excess from the bottom. The skirt looked so, so, so much better, too — like the A-line it was supposed to be.
I was so not in love with my dress when I bought it, but by the time the first alterations were done, I didn’t want to take it off! I’d talk to the seamstress about your concerns, but they should be able to handle it.
Post # 6
So sorry! I forgot the pictures. I just added them in the original post. Thanks for your feedback. Would love to hear your thoughts based upon the pictures.
Post # 7
Have you tried tummy pants? it really isn’t bad….I know that is not what you see though.
You look really lovely….
Post # 8
I think taking in the waist will help with some of the problem. It almost looks like the shadow you mentioned is a crease (maybe from the way it was shipped or stored). If its not a crease that falls out when steamed I think the alteration will fix it. The other thing you could look at is a body shaper- whether a long line bra with boning or a pair of the spanx shorts. If the belly button thing is really bothering you, look for a bandaid and put it over your belly button. It will instantly disappear!
Post # 9
I think there are two reasons you’re seeing this line in the second pic, and not the first:
1. It’s a panty line–get yourself some spanx or other long line underwear and you’ll be good.
2. Lighting. I actually think you probably had this line in the first picture too but the lighting is masking it. In the first pic you’ve got side light, in the second you’ve got top light. The side light in the first pic is putting your whole front in shadow–but if you look right under your ring finger on your right hand you see that same line as in the second pic. It’s just not showing up as much because it merges into the shadows.
Again, I think it’s just a line from your underwear, and if you wear somehing that doesn’t cut in there you’ll be good.
Post # 10
Thanks, I am just so worried that I made a big mistake.
Do you all think I could have some boning added to this type of dress? The dress in the pictures is the “sample” dress and the salon told me that it had really lost its shape due to being tried so much, but I feel like she said that to make me feel better.
@ MrsToB I pulled the waist up an inch or so when I was in the salon and it looked better, so I think it might help. Was your dress similiar at all?
Asking for honesty…please give me your honest opinion. Should I get another dress? It won’t hurt my feelings, it will really help me decide what to do. (No one in my family will give me a straight answer…and my mom loved this dress when I put it on, but she can be very in the moment and persuasive)
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I see the line in both pics.
Have you made sure that all the underlying material is flat? My SIL had this problem, where the underneath material would ride up, causing creases.
No to a new dress. I’m confident this is fixable by spanx or straightening all the fabric out, maybe steaming it, or by seamtress alterations.
Post # 13
I think good undergarments with solve the problem, your dress is beautiful!
Post # 14
I don’t think this dress needs boning. I would look for a good long line bra that has boning in it, and get the dress fitted properly. You’ll get the same effect for a better price.
Post # 15
I wouldn’t hem this gown from the waist.
If you are anticipating having more “room” in the waist area by doing that, I caution you than you will end up with gathers/pleats, not a smooth line. The skirt gets wider as it goes down. You would have to re-taper the skirt to avoid adding gathers…… Thereby giving you the same “problem” you started with.
The solution is spanx, and hem from the bottom. If still need more room, I would have it released a bit in tummy area.
Ps… I’m a couture bridal seamstress
Post # 16
So this is just so strange! I went to another Bridal Salon where they also carried the dress I ordered. The dress at this salon looked like it was in a little better shape and newer. When I put the dress on there was a huge difference. It was the same size and everything. Here is the new picture. I am thinking the other dress was tried on so many times that is had lost shape. What do you all think?