Post # 1
Hey everyone! I’m trying to buy a Morilee dress used online for a great steal. But the waist measurement is probably 2 inches narrow for me. Does anyone have experience with letting Morilee dresses out a couple inches? Will this be possible on this dress?
Here’s what it looks like: https://www.morilee.com/product/bridal-wedding-dresses/elegant-alencon-lace-with-wide-hemline-wedding-dress/
The waist area looks like sheer netting + lace/fabric so looks tricky!
I’m also annoyed at the proportions/picture though because who has proportions like that except Barbie? No one’s waist is that much narrower than their bust/hips.
Post # 2
There’s no way for us to know whether this dress can be let out 2 inches without inspecting this particular dress, unfortunately. Not sure that you’ll get an answer here. My inkling is no that this particular dress would not have enough fabric at the seams to be let out 2 inches at the waist.
Also keep in mind that usually people have to buy wedding dresses a few sizes up from their street size depending on how they are cut. Most wedding dresses are made to be taken in, not taken up in size. My friends have bought dresses that were like four or six sizes up from their street size (i.e. so one girl who is a street size four bought a size eight wedding dress, and another who is a street size six bought a size twelve).
Is the person selling the dress local to you? Can you go inspect the seams and try it on with a seamstress in tow? Can you go to a local wedding store that is selling the dress to try it on and ask them about sizing? You don’t have to tell them you are considering buying it online…just act like you want to get a size X and see what they say, then maybe act offended if they suggest a larger size and ask if the size X could be let out at the waist. Or as a last resort can you have the person send you photos of the seams of the dress to see how much fabric there is? Which I would then take to a seamstress to ask, but it’s probably hard to tell anything from pictures.
Post # 3
I had my Morilee taken in, so it’s not the same. But I can tell you, wedding dresses are made easy to be worked on. The lace may be tricky but the joining is at the waist and that is not sheer. It looks like a lot, but an experienced seamstress can definitely work the magic.
Post # 4
Wedding dresses are made to be taken in, yes. Having it taken out is a completely different story and not always possible. It really depends on how much fabric there is at the seams, which isn’t always a ton.
Post # 5
There would have to be well over 2 inches of seam allowance left on the dress to be able to alter it to fit you. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely the dress has that much. Unless you can inspect it with a seamstress, I think you need to pass.
Post # 6
Blah, thanks for thoughts everyone! Much appreciated. My seamstress is a local gem and said that she can effectively do anything but doesn’t recommend it since it’ll be complicated and expensive. I’m just annoyed because the proportions DEFINITELY don’t fit a real human being. The waist is ridiculously narrow for the sizing.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2019 - Canada
My wedding dress was similar and I wanted to have the hips taken out about 1/2 and inch… there wasn’t even enough seam allowance in the overlay to take it out 1/4 inch on each side. it was just impossible. Unless the seller is willing to send you up close photos of the seams, I wouldn’t risk it!
Post # 8
Are these sizes the seller has given you, the original sizes or has she had it altered? this could make a huge difference, if she had it taken it – much easier to take out?