Post # 1
When I ordered my wedding dress, they measured me and my measurements put me between a 6 and 8 for the designer (WTOO by Watters), so the store ordered an 8. I was a street size four. When the dress came in, it was very big all over even in my largest measurement area (hip) which fit a size 8 on the chart.
Fast forward a couple months and I have lost 15 pounds and am now a size zero in street clothes. It’s been great to lose weight but all of a sudden tonight, it hit me that my wedding dress is now 4 sizes too big. I’m worried now that they won’t be able to alter it down to look right, and I don’t know what to do.
Does anyone have any alterations experiences that can give me some insight into whether this is doable or not? Should I just trust their alterations department and hope for the best? Or do I try to find a replacement dress with just under 6 months to go until the wedding?
Here’s my dress for reference (the sash is removable):
Post # 3
the dress doesn’t look like a very difficult dress to alter. i’m having size 8 (similar drop waist shape) altered to about a bridal size 2/4 in the hip area — less through the bust and waist. but the alterations will cost a few hundred dollars but it’s still around 10% of the cost of the dress. i lost so much weight that it wasn’t worth it to me to alter my wtoo dress down. we’re talking around 7 inches in the hip area (mermaid dress). i can’t believe i’m spending over $1k to alter two dresses.
Post # 4
@profiterole: Sounds like we’re in similar situations, although – wow! – 7 inches?! That’s amazing – congrats! That’s what I’m wondering too – my dress was $800 and I’m afraid I’m going to spend half that altering it! When you got a second dress, were you able to find one that you loved as much as the first one? That’s what I’m worried about now.
Post # 5
First – what a beautiful dress.
Second nearly the exact same thing happened to me. Luckily the alterations people at the shop were wonderful. I spoke to the owner and told her my concern and let her know that it had to be right, and that I wanted the best person to work on it. They scheduled me extra appointments to make sure that it was right. It looked great and fit right. The only other thing that I would say is to have it fitted without a bra. I found that that way they fit it right to my body, holding everything in place just how it should, and it looked great. If it was still not quite tight enough in the top I could add a bra and be good to go. I liked how it fit so much and I felt 100% supported that I didn’t even need a bra.
I would say to use the shop as the people to take it in. As a wedding dress shop they would likely have more experience in it then any seperate place out there. Just communicate how you feel and make sure they hear you.