(Closed) Maggie Sottero dress alterations

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8424 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

That sample size looks perfect on you… Fits u like a glove and flatters you so well!! I see what you are saying about the second one it doesn’t give you the nice shape like the first one. It should be a fairly easy fix thou! Just suckthat at its gonna cost you more money for alterations when that 16 looked perfect!

Post # 4
11258 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

On Don’t Tell The Bride I’ve seen them take in dresses by a few sizes as the groom’s had no idea what size his fiancé is, so I’m sure it’ll be no problem

Post # 5
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Wow, I agree the 1st dress lookes so well on you!!!!! But they can take it in… But  know what you mean about the bigger dresses.. I tried on a Sample 10 and was jut a lil snug in the hips, and they had me order a 14

Post # 6
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012


Fab dress – agree the first one looks much better.

I’m wearing a Sottero & midgley “Sharon” dress which I bought brand new for a bargain £500 off Ebay. It has a lace overlay, although not as detailed as yours.

I’m visiting a seamstress in a couple of weeks as it needs a few inches off the bottom and I’d also like the train removed. She hasn’t seen the dress yet but is indicating that lace dresses are VERY expensive to alter. Apparently, if I’d ordered it from a shop they would have ordered one that was the right length. Also, the lady I bought it from said the shop told her the whole of the lace had to “lifted” rather than the botom being chopped off!

I would have thought if yours was too big then as its not your fault, they would either reorder in the correct size or pay for alterations.

Post # 7
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

First of all, your dress looks beautiful on you!! I have the Karena Royale which is very similar to Lorie- my alterations are going to run me about $200 and all I had done was the back panel (behind the lace-up) needed to be moved over about a 1/4 inch and a bustle added. I think your alterations are going to be very expensive and I would worry about the look of the lace being altered.

If I were you, I would ask the shop to exhange it for a smaller size. They are the experts and should have advised you to order a smaller size than you did. The shop I went to had me order a size smaller than I actually wear in street clothes because of the flexibility with the corset back. I was really nervous about ordering a smaller dress and stressed about it until it came in- but the shop was exactly right! A bigger size would have been too big and then I’d be paying a lot for alterations and risk changing the look of the dress. I think your shop should fix this because it sounds like they had you order a size that may be appropriate for a different back, but not corset. Especially since you clearly fit into the size 16! Good luck!

Post # 9
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That sample looks amazing on you!  I would definitely see if they can order you another one– this is their mistake!


If you are worried about their alterations dept, can you take it to a different seamstress?

Post # 10
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My dress was also a Maggie – Nova to be exact.  I purchased the floor model – and it has a corset back as well.  At the time the dress fit me pertty well….few minor things needed to be done – sweetheart neckline and the hip area was too large.  From the time I bought the dress – late August 2011, til the time I got married – two weeks ago, I lost about 30 pounds and the dress was most likely taken in two sizes.  I also didnt spend a fortune to have it alter either.  Any reputable salon/seamstress should be able to do what you need to have done.  They might not get it right the first time, but you said that you have time for lots of work to be done!  My dress was absolutely perfect!  I couldnt have been happier.

Also, I would not mention about being able to spend a fortune to have the dress altered – you dont need to be ripped off either.  If you dont feel confident that the salon can get the work you want done done, try to find a seamstress – call your local dry cleaners or other bridal salons to see if they have any referrals for you!

Best of luck to you!

Post # 12
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have the maggie sottero milana and I am slightly pair shaped.  According to my but I am a size 8, my waist is a size 10 and my hips are fitting with a size 12 so we shot for the middle and ordered a size 10.  Alterations were easy though but I probably would have looked perfectly fine in an 8 as well.  Bridal boutiques just want to cover their ass because if they talked you into buying a dress that was too small based on their measurements and you couldn’t make it fit, you could easily sue them.  You will look very sexy again when all those alterations are finished.  

Post # 13
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@SoontobeMrs87:  They should be able to take it in without changing the look of it. I also got my dress at RK Bridal. Have to say I haven’t been very happy with them since I ordered my dress. I really hope for the both of us that their alterations dept. does great work!

Post # 14
21 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I also bought Lorie and I know what you mean about the sample fit being a bit better, however, seamstresses can work miracles!!  I was in a wedding this weekend and 3 girls are pregnant and none of them knew that at the time of purchasing their dresses and the seamstress we all went too is a miracle worker-the fabric was silk chiffon too, not an easy feat for her…so have faith!! 

On another note, you look beautiful!!! Its a great fit for you, girls with curves make this dress, I am telling you! I love that sash, where did you get it? I need to switch it up from the one that comes with the dress…Good Luck!

Post # 15
1030 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My now SIL encountered the same issue.  The sample dress she tried on fit her like a glove (size 8).  They ordered her a size 10 due to her measurements.  When the dress came in it was 6 months later and she had lost weight due to stress so when she tried on the dress she was practically swimming in it.  Her dress was also a Maggie with corset back (Adorae) and had to have major alterations done to it but her dress came out great.  She didn’t have the perfect V formation on the back corset but unless you were realllyyyyyy staring you wouldn’t have noticed.  There is hope just make sure you have a good seamstress working on your gown.  Good luck!

Post # 16
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wore a Maggie “Emily” and had a sort-of similar problem.  The sample fit me pefect through the hips and waist but wouldn’t go around my boobs.  🙂  So I ordered a size larger and then it just hung off my waist.  The seamstress who altered mine did a great job – you can’t even tell.  She took the bottom half in a while size, at least. 

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