(Closed) J Crew strapless dress issues

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i’m in a wedding in may and the bride chose this dress for the BMs. i had nothing but problems with it fitting, especially in the chest area. it is meant to be very low cut. my regular size looks porny and the size up looked shapeless and only slightly less porny. i think they are pretty poor quality as well. i went to the J. Crew store near me that does bridal and they actually told me a lot of people have a problem with Taryn as the cups are only meant to accomodate up to small C cup (i’m DD). i don’t know. i ended up getting the juliette (i think) which covered up a little more and that i could get in the same color. i don’t think you could put straps on it, but take it to a good seamstress and ask. good luck.

Post # 5
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11 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@iheartnerds:

 

I am having similar dress issues, though with a different dress. Mine is a Casablanca Bridal strapless, bought at a bridal shop, but when it arrived, it was way too big up top, which I expected. But when my seamstress took it in, I don’t think she really knew what she was doing, because when I tried it on again, not only was it very tight on me, but it was still slipping down! My dress came with little spaghetti straps, which I had her sew into the dress and add hooks for in the back so if I decide to use them on the wedding day, I can. That being said, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t be able to add straps to your dress as well. I would think a good seamstress could easily sew in spaghetti straps or even something thicker to go with the fabric of your dress.

Do you have a strapless bra underneath? I’ve heard that can help as it gives the dress something to hold on to, and even more so if the bra is sewn into your dress. Also, several women have told me that a corset bra can be a big help. My dress is satin so anything underneath will show, but maybe that would work for your dress.

Just make sure you get an experienced seamstress with good references, if you can. I actually took my dress to someone else after the bridal shop to make it fit me better.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@iheartnerds: I am a seamstress and yes, straps can be added to that gown. Spagetti/thin straps would look best, but you could also do a two inch or so halter type strap to hold things in place better. Since you are a “B”, you shouldn’t have any problems either way you choose to go.

Post # 8
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642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I looked at the Taryn dress this summer thinking I would have my bridesmaids wear it. My sister/MOH didn’t even have to try it on for us to see the same problem you are speaking of. It was actually on a body form in the store and you could see where the inner lining was folding out at the neckline…I asked a sales associate about it and she said it was a regular complaint. I used to work at J.Crew and usually love everything, but at the time I was looking at the dress it was $395 and I could not justify spending so much on a poorly constructed dress.  

If you have extra fabric on the dress that you plan to have hemmed, perhaps a tailor can use that to make straps for you.  Or, I have another suggestion for you.  Have you tried the Arabelle from J.Crew?  It’s a great dress.  It’s very similar to the Taryn and is also crinkle silk chiffon.  I have a short cotton version from this summer and I love it. I’m attending a black tie event this weekend so I ordered a few different colors in the long chiffon version. I hope it fits the same as my short Arabelle (I’ll try to post an update when I receive the dresses later this week).  It’s a natural waist, which in my opinion helps keep any strapless dress up because typically waists go in and sort of “hold” the dress up if you know what I mean.  Maybe you can order the Arabelle and see if you like it?  If not, there are always returns (w/in 60 days for the bridal stuff).

Best of luck to you!

Post # 11
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1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Find a tailor. They will fix the fit and add sleeves. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

also, you can call the J. Crew special occasions people and they will send you extra fabirc for free, which might help if you decide to alter. i think they’ll send up to 1 yard.

Post # 13
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1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

if what andy113 says is true, call JCrew for the extra fabric and call a tailor!  A good tailor will have no trouble altering the top to have straps, or even cute little cap sleeves and can take in the bodice as necessary to make it fit you perfectly!!

Post # 14
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642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@iheartnerds:  I promise I am not trying to push the Arabelle ๐Ÿ™‚  BUT, if the one thing holding you back is the bow, consider contacting J.Crew Weddings & Parties and have them send you extra fabric.  You can easily have a seamstress make a sash for you to tie in the back, but you won’t have to deal with the ill fit of the Taryn.  

Andy113 is correct.  J.Crew Weddings & Parties will go above and beyond to help you out.  I used to work there, and I remember once a bride who had a bridesmaid become pregnant after they had already purchased dresses, and the dress was no longer available in the color she needed.  J.Crew had the original mill send extra fabric so they could add a panel to the dress.  

Post # 15
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

A strapless dress that has been altered to fit you should not slide around or slip down. You should go to a tailor and see what they can do for you – buying a dress like that off the rack and expecting it to fit isn’t very realistic. My J Crew gown (Lucinda) did not budge te whole night – but I got it fitted to me after purchasing it!

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