(Closed) Is there such a thing as a dress that can’t be sized down?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

A friend lost 35lbs between ordering the dress and getting the dress in.  Her seamstress said she’s have to remake the dress and it would take lots of time and lots of $$$.  My friend was able to swap out her dress for the sample at the bridal store, which meant the dress fit perfectly and she only needed minor alterations. 

Good luck!  I hope it turns out well!

Post # 4
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

It seems like your ladies don’t have the experience needed to alter your dress. I suggest looking for another seamstress. Some dresses are more complicated than others, and this one seems pretty complicated. I am a seamstress, but I do know my limits.

Post # 5
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

i sort of had this problem with a bridesmaid dress and that’s a lot simpler than a wedding gown.  The seamstress made it work eventually but it took a lot of brainstorming and work.

Post # 6
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time with your dress, especially because it’s so beautiful!  If it still looks like it did in the pictures you’ve posted, I’ve got to say that I think it looks amazing and I could barely tell it needed alterations, it was far from “awful”.  I agree with noritake–maybe you need to take i to a new seamstress?  I know that your dress has a lot of tiny details that make it difficult to deconstruct and sew back together, but it sounds like they’re having an excessive amount of trouble with it and maybe you might want to consider an alternative?

Post # 7
2472 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was kind of disappointed at my first dress fitting because my seamstress told me it wouldn’t be a good idea to attempt to take in the hip area of my dress.  It’s not necessarily too big, but I was interested in having it a little tighter.  Apparently the type of textured fabric I have on my dress could make it difficult for her and the fabric might look pulled or something.  Frankly, I’m not exactly sure what she said, but I told her if she thinks it might not look right, then not to bother 🙂

I understand your frustration.  If my dress would have been ordered one size smaller, I probably wouldn’t need any alterations at all except for the hem, and it would fit tighter on my thighs.  I went with the size 2 instead of the 0 because I was told to order it to fit my biggest measurement, which was my hips (which now I know that the lower size would have been snugger on my hips, which is what I wanted in the first place).  Then of course everyone said it was easier to take in a dress than to let it out.  Go figure.  I’m a little upset about it, but there’s nothing I can do at this point.

Post # 8
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

🙁 everything happens for a reason. the bright side is that now you can call your dress a ‘custom, one of a kind, made only for you’ dress.

Post # 9
3761 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My friend had to buy a new dress 2 weeks before the wedding because after about 4 fittings they still couldn’t get the dress to fit.  What happened was that she has a big chest (D) but small figure (32).  They ordered the strapless dress to fit her chest but couldn’t take the stomach/butt area down enough to fit her properly.  

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