(Closed) Losing Weight And Dress Alterations… Is My Seamstress Crazy?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

no, my seamstress was still altering my dress 2 weeks before!  I think two months before is too soon to stop with alterations.

Post # 4
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

First – congratulations on the weight loss! Second, I think it depends on your dress. Mine is strapless with a fairly low back, which made it hard to take in at the bust, even though it needed very little. To make the dress fit it was important to be the same weight six weeks before the wedding. The seamstress didn’t say that – it just would have been really problematic to take the dress in any more without more fittings. If your dress can be taken in purely at the back zipper then I would plan to stop losing weight about a month before. If you have straps you will have even less to worry about since the dress doesn’t have to be perfectly fitted.

Post # 5
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Only your seamstess knows her workload. If she is in high demand, she is probably telling you the truth. I am sure that if you do lose a little extra weigh, she may be able to squeeze you in for emergency alterations.

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

The more weight you lose, the more alterations may need to be made.  I wouldn’t try to rush your seamstress.  If you dress has draping, rouching, beading, is made of silk/satin/lace…All of these things take great attention to detail to maintain during alterations.  It took three weeks for my seamstress to alter my bridesmaid dress (two piece). There was a hem on the skirt and tailoring the halter top.  Her attention to detail was amazing. She even added some boning into the top at no charge because she thought it would make me feel better in the dress.  She was right.  So worth the wait. But this was a dress with no embellishment what-so-ever.  

Post # 9
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Mine told me a month before I had to stop.  I probably lost another 7lbs after that point and things were fine, but I had a corseted back, making adjustments easier.  If you have a zipper back, maintaining the weight is more crucial.

Post # 10
527 posts
Busy bee

I do wedding dress alterations and the amount of time the seamstress needs the dress for alterations completely depends on how complicated your gown is and how booked her schedule is.  Keep in mind that sometimes there are gowns that may seem simple looking to you, but are really structurally difficult.  Personally, I always have a fitting with the bride one month before the wedding, alter the dress, then refit when she comes in to pick it up.

Maybe you could ask her if you can move your fitting day up (as long as your dress is not too complex)?

Post # 11
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It also depends on what kind of weight loser you are. Do you tend to lose the weight evenly or does it come off in one area and then the others follow suit? I lost about 48 pounds in total since getting engaged, and since my dress came in in early June I lost about 8 pounds. We left the last two fittings as late as possible, so adjustments could be made optimally. The last 8 pounds haven’t made a huge difference to my waistline, but a lot of the backfat has come off, which will make an enormous difference to the way the dress fits. So it was worth waiting. The wedding is now about 3 weeks out, and I have two more fittings to go. I am going to try and maintain from now on, possibly tone up, but I am so glad we waited to have the final fittings as late as possible.

Post # 12
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I haven’t even bought my dress, so take these comments as you wish…

I noticed your name is MaggieGirl — is this because you bought a Maggie Sottero? If so, I think you have a lot of wiggle room depending on how big you bought your dress in the first place.  I’m a 2 in wedding dresses and tried on dresses that were even a 10 and 8.  They looked big, but with the corset back and some pinning on the fly, they looked pretty decent.  So if you have a Maggie with a corset back, my guess is that even if your seamstress altered it 2 months before and you lost more weight, you’d be ok.

Post # 13
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a super talented seamstress.  She saw me when I first found my dress, when I couldn’t even zip it up.  I told her I planned to lose weight, she said “great, you and your 5 bridesmaids don’t need to come in until a month out from the wedding”…. I was shocked, but she said she didn’t want to bother even starting it until I was happy with my size.  Well, I lost 43lb.s and the dress zipped up just fine when I started going for alterations last month.  She just needed to do the 7-pt bustle and hem, and she let me come in whenever I wanted to put my own mind at ease that it still fit.  I had my last check on Monday.  I totally invited her to the wedding!  She’s going to come, AND might even help make sure I have no dress problems! She’s a Saint. 

If I were you, I’d try to get in with someone with more time, or talent.

Here’s my dress, it was NOT a simple thing to work with:


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