Post # 32
So my opinion. First thing I would say to do before anything else is to go to a bridal store and try on dresses which have a similar shape and fit. See if it is the style you don’t like or the current fit. We all like things in pictures but the question is do you like that shape in on your body? Now if you find you still like this shape I can see lots of issues with the fit of the dress. First thing that jumped off the page is the shoulder strap is too short. To get the look like the pic you need to lengthen that strap so it sits right at the top of your boobs. It will enlongate your neck and chest making you look taller. This will also pull the bodice down lower like you are liking. I agree that the belt/waist of this should be lower. The current fit makes your torso look so much shorter than you actually are. I don’t know why all us girls think that strapless tops should sit all the way up under our armpit but they shouldn’t. (I am guilty of this too) Look where it sits on her and where it is on you. BIG difference. It is about 4″ difference. In general the bodice is too big. If you take the dress in to your size and you still feel you look big they might be able to put a corset lace on the inside of the dress to nip your waist in more but I think you are fine once it fits. As for the big skirt. I can tell that the hem is too long. This will make it poof out… think of pushing the skirt out. Have somone pin the dress up too short on you and see if that helps weigh it down. Also I agree with above posters that steaming it flatter (which looks like it needs to be done in general) and also in the final end taking out a layer of crinoline would help. I think this is a great dress but you must work to make sure you feel beautiful in it.
Post # 33
I think the dress looks georgous. It does look like more of an empire waist on you than the natural waist in the model picture but I think the empire waist looks better. Once you have it taken in I am sure you will love it. It is a very pretty dress and the belt buckle looks super cute and different.
Post # 34
Please do not judge your dress based on this photo – the angle and lighting are awful. I made the mistake of putting on my dress and having my picture taken by a friend who was sitting down. Good lord – never again. That is not a flattering angle for anyone.
Post # 35
I think all the things you are concerned with will be fixed when you have it taken in!
Post # 36
I don’t think the dress is a lost cause, but IT NEEDS TO BE ALTERED. Badly. (Or else you need to gain 20 lbs in relatively short order…) It is unflattering the way it is now BECAUSE it is too big. You’re right in your assessment, but I firmly believe it’s not your dress (or your body) that’s causing the issue.
Taking it in at the waist and above will get rid of the weird “blousing” issue you’ve got going on above the belt. Another difference I noticed between your pictures and the model pic is that the neckline area goes up a lot higher on you. This is something that a seamstress of even modest skill should be able to fix easily, since there’s no beading or complicated adornment up there.
I’m pretty sure that will fix the problem. If you’re still unhappy with it, though, you should try and do your next fitting with a corset. Getting a corset to wear under your dress will allow you to wear the dress lower, as some of the above posters suggested, where it will make the waist look longer. Those models never have any hips at all!
Don’t give up on it yet! And let us know how it turns out.
Post # 37
i think the dress looks nice on you even though it’s 2~3 sizes bigger, so i’m sure it’ll look amazing on you once it’s fitted to your size 🙂
Post # 38
alphajuliet — I couldn’t have said it better than you did.
I agree with everyone else that the dress is pretty and unique and this could be a very flattering dress on you. It needs alterations badly. Get a referral to someone who really knows what they’re doing with wedding dresses, and don’t give up until it’s exactly right. With some patience and a good alterations person, you’ll look even better than the model in that picture!
Post # 39
Well — to be honest, I dont think this is the most flattering dress on you. After looking at your engagement photos- you have a very cute shape and this doesnt show that off in the slightest. The dress has potential – lengthening the strap, maybe removing whatever is making the dress so poofy, moving the belt down a bit?
Post # 40
I agree. it has potential, you are so pretty and I just think it overwhelms you, can you slim down some of that material by your waist?
It is such a unique dress and I love the one sholder, but it has way to much poof going on at the hip area, if you can slim that down and maybe add a sash or make it more “mermaid”, or a-line right there so it hugs you, then let the poof back out? A good seamstress can make this beautiful!
Post # 41
The dress is beautiful. I think you look comfortable and confident. I would wear it.
Post # 42
@heatherrobyn Are there any updates on what you decided to do? or did you take any other pictures in a different location like other bees suggested?
Post # 43
Is there a layer of toulle or something underneath that you could take out to make it look less full around the hips? It’s a gorgeous dress, but I see what you mean about how it looks like it poofs out under the belt. Your seamstress could definitely make it look like you want. I say give her a call and meet with her before you decide anything. You’ll look stunning!
Post # 44
The dress is beautiful. I don’t think it fits you well yet and I am sure that once you get it altered to your size it will fit and feel so much better!
Post # 45
the weird extra volume is because it needs to be hemmed. it looks gorgeous, and will look much better with alterations. don’t worry. 🙂
Post # 46
YES I HAVE AN UPDATE! I AM MAKING A NEW POST!