(Closed) losing weight after you buy your dress!!! Alterations!

posted 6 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
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822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

this is how i solved my dress sizing problem.  i bought a dress in almost every size ranging from a 4 to a 12.  i bought a dress that fit the day i bought it.  i bought my dream dress that i aspired to fit into.  i bought a dress in between in case i lost weight but not enough. and i bought two other dresses just because i was unsure about the shape/style.

with less than 2 months until the wedding, i had to start alterations.  i have lost over 25 pounds so far and i am convinced i will lose some more.  the first dress that fitted last year, was now more than 6 inches too big almost every where and especially in my hips.  the cost was too high to get it altered down.  most would say two sizes down is about where you want to limit it but a good seamstress (depending on the style of the dress) should be able to take it down more without it compromising the integrity of the dress.  it will likely cost you more money for alterations.

i’m getting two dresses altered but i bought a total of five dresses.  i know i’m crazy and most people would never dream about doing this.  it became almost an obsession. 

if i could buy just one dress, i would probably go with my goal size and add two sizes to it.  it’s much easier to take a dress in than it is to take it out.  this way, if you meet your goal, you only have to alter it down two sizes and even if you’re close, you should be able to take it out a size or so.

the other more cost effective option is to get a dress with a corset.  they give you several inches of flexibility.

Post # 3
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602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wondered this also. my consultant recommended going with the size dress I am when I tried it on because it’s easier to alter in than out! but I ordered an 18 and shouldn’t be too big of aa deal because it’s corset!

Post # 4
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2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was told about two sizes when I bought my dress.  I bought my dress in the size I was at the time and have since had it altered about 2 sizes down (I’ve lost 44 pounds so far). 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@brittbrust123:  I went from an 18 to a 12/14. And my dress was easily altered down, the seamstress wasn’t concerned at all about the size difference, and when I brought it in it wouldn’t even stay up (and my dress has a zipper back).

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I bought a dress with a corset back… Technically, I bought 1 size smaller than I measured.  My bust measured a 12, my waist measured a 10, and my hips measured between a 10 and a 12.  So, we bought a 10 and used the corset to allow room for my bust.  It ended pretty tightly laced, minus the bust πŸ™‚  However, the corset really allowed room for any weight change I had.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was right in between sizes – the sample I tried on was tight, but it zipped so I ordered it in that size.  I was determined to lose weight and not only have the smaller size fit, but have to have it taken in.

Now I realize I probably should have just gone up a size, because when my dress came in it didn’t fit…I was about 4 inches away from zipping in the back.  UGH.  The stress of life (and student teaching and moving to another country) in the couple of months after I ordered the dress took its toll and I gained a few pounds.  So disappointing, but true.

I’ve been working hard the last couple of months and when I went in for my first fitting on monday the dress ALMOST fit.  The seamstress was able to get the top eye hook fastened, but I am still about an inch off in the middle of the zipper. Time to kick my workouts into high gear!

I feel good that I’ve made a dent in the work I have to do, but I do kind of wish I wouldn’t have been so vain and ordered the larger size.  I am confident that I will make it, and hopefully lose enough to have to have it taken in some too, but it’s going to be a little stressful…ugh.

 

My bridal consultant had told me the same as said above, that you could take in a dress 2 sizes without it causing problems for the alterations. (Or about 40 lbs lost)

Good luck to all you bees who are doing what I’m doing and trying to lose some pounds for the dress.  πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ugh I’m worried about this too. The dress I fell in love with happened to be a plus sized dress, but the 16W (smallest it comes) was big on me. The consultant thought it would be fine to order that size and alter it down (I was a street sized 14 at the time, so it wasn’t that far off). Well, I’ve lost 15 lbs and almost two pants sizes since then and still have 5 months to go…eek. It’s a corset back so that’s somewhat forgiving but I’m still dreading trying it on and having it not fit at all!

Post # 10
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1073 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I bought my dress in a size down then the one I tried on. I tried on a 16 and bought a 14. Im damned and determined that I will get into this dress. I’m only about a inch more till zip up on my dress. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 11
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1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I bought my dress and lost 40 pounds and the dressmaker has seen it and says there will be no problem. My dress has sleeves so were worried they wouldnt line up but were A OK.

Post # 12
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4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went from a 16 to a 12 after a 25lb weight loss.  The integrity of my dress hasn’t changed, in fact it’s gotten BETTER!  She made it tighter at my legs and deepened the sweetheart.

Before:

 

Today:

 

Order the size you fit into, MAYBE one size down, especially if it has a corset.  Otherwise your dress can definitely be altered, especially if it’s simpler and not covered in beading and lace.

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