- 9 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I bought my dress on September 10th 2011. I travelled from Vancouver, BC to Seattle for a weekend as I was not having much luck finding a dress as apparently a size 12/14 is not typical for bridesand in Vancouver and every damn bridal shop in seriously only had a few dresses over a size 10 (don’t get me started on this! Lets just say I was very discouraged). I found some dresses I liked but of course not in my size and it was very difficult to get an idea of what the dress would look like so I called some shops in Seattle and found one that had some dresses I liked and in my size. So I made it a weekend with 2 of my bridesmaids. This shop we went to, called Pearls and Lace in Burien…well let’s just say I can’t say enough good things about it. All the dresses they had were larger sizes (which makes more sense as you can take in large dresses but you can’t make small ones fit a larger person). I selected about 10-15 dresses that were IN MY SIZE. Usually, in Vancouver, I’d only be able to try on 3 or so because of the selection of sizes.
When I was looking through the dresses on the rack, I came accross the Sottero and Midgley Katharine in Diamond White over Soft Blush/Soft Blush Accent. As I pulled it out to look at it I remember saying to my bridesmaid “ohh that’s interesting, I’ll try it on”…also as I was looking at it, Paul McCartney was coming through the speaker which was situated above the dress and I am a huge McCartney and Beatles fan so I took this as a sign.
This was the first dress I tried on this day. My bridesmaids and I had the same reaction which was “hey, its actually pretty nice!” I walked around in it and felt great in it but I still had about 10 more dresses to try, one of which I actually made the trek to Seattle for. This was the Maggie Sottero Philippa. So in the end, I was debating between Philippa and Katharine and it ended up being Katharine for various reasons. The problem was that it was a size 10 and I was a size 14 for bridal gowns. I said to myself that I will lose the weight and I have been trying ever since.
The main concern was the back as it is a corset back and the flap wasn’t doing up. I was really dreading the thought of trying it on and was putting it off for so long. I have been eating a lot better and exercising as my fiance and I moved overseas to England and we hardly have any freinds here so it gives me lots of time to myself to be able to do this. So today the sun was shining, it was SUCH a beautiful day and I said to myself “I’M GOING TO TRY IT ON!” It had been since the day after I bought the dress! So just over 5 months.
I tried it on and future mum in law helped me do that back up and IT ACTUALLY DID UP! I WAS EXSTATIC!! I then compared photos from the day I bought it to today and holy cow what a difference!
I am worried though, as it looks like my chest got smaller and it doesn’t fill it out as much. Will this all be fixed and look better with alterations? Did anyone else have similar problems? I LOVED the dress when it was on me but when I look at the two photos, I feel like I filled it out better when I first bought it. Not just the chest but maybe my curves looked better as well? It probably doesn’t help that I look horrible in today’s photos as it was after I got out of the shower and hadn’t done my hair or anything. Also, I am wearing accesories (veil etc) when I bought it so it gives a better idea. Maybe I should stop comparing the photos as I am starting to have second thoughts. Did anyone else have worries after they lost weight that their dress would not look as good or the same as when they bought it?
I still need to work on my belly area (ugh!). Not just for the dress, but we are getting married in Greece so I need to look good in a bathing suit 😉 and also just cause it really makes me feel good to have lost some weight.
Future mum in law is funny…she didn’t know how to do the corset back up so she improvised. but as long as I know that it does up, I’m happy! Now I know I can stay at this weight and maybe just tone up..
I had a cookie to celebrate 🙂 It was delicious.
Here are some before and after photos. I still have just under 5 months to gooooo….
And sorry for all the photos! I know some brides were looking for real photos of this dress (ie not on the model) so I posted extra just in case!
The corset back before…notice that it did not do up!
The corset back 5 months later. IT FITS!! (As mentioned, future mum in law improves on tying it as she had no idea. It felt quite loose and even looks a bit loose):
The front on the day I bought it, 5 months ago:Im pretty sure in the following photo I was wearing a petticoat/crinoline, so it flows out more…and the birdcage is on completely wrong! haha:
And this is what the front looks like today. As mentioned. I look like crap as I had not done my hair and don’t have any accesories on etc…Does it look better as a “fuller” figure (above)?:MMy shoes of choice: (just joking)And the train: