Post # 1
So literally after 2 years of looking, I found my dream gown: Fabi by Enzoani. But the dress was over $2k. Our entire budget for the wedding is under $5k…so needless to say I figured there was no way I was gonna get that dress.
However a couple of weeks ago, I found an online seller with an altered Fabi in my budget, who was both my size and height. The only real differnce was there was about a 2 inch difference between our chest measurements. She told me she’d had cups sewn into the gown and figured removing them would free up enough room for it to fit. So we both agreed that would more than likely work and I bought the gown.
Fast forward to today. The dress arrived and I tried it on, expecting to recieve oohs and ahhs from my mother. But instead she tells me she can’t zip it! The gown doesn’t REMOTELY fit in the chest!!! We’re talking 5, maybe 5.5 inches from the thing even zipping around the rib cage! The built in bra portion wouldn’t even pull any further than my sides if that tells you anything! So I removed the cups like the seller had suggested but still nothing!! I don’t know if her measurements/sizing was a bit off or what but the top of this dress was TINY!
Bees I have absolutely no money for a new dress and where she was a private seller no hope of a refund. Furthermore, from what I can tell I don’t have much weight I could even lose from that area. Certainly not enough for 5 inches worth of give. So are there even any options for me?? The wedding is next spring but still this is a fairytale gone horribly wrong. Any advice for this newbee???
Post # 3
Could you have a corset back put in?
Post # 4
@CyberCyndee99: Did you pay with Paypal? Lauch a dispute on the basis that she gave you the wrong measurements.
Post # 5
@CyberCyndee99: Maybe change it to a corset back and have a panel put in?
Post # 6
@CyberCyndee99: You probably won’t be able to fix anything for ‘free’, but take it to a seamstress and see what they suggest. They might be able to make it a corset back, or add some sort of extension under the armpit.
Post # 7
I agree best to talk with a seamstress
Post # 8
Seamstress is the way to go. Try to go for somebody who does a lot of wedding dress alterations, if you can. She might have a sneaky way to fix it. So sorry about your dilemma, and good luck! *hugs*
Post # 9
Thanks for the advice everyone! It’s been a big help.
@julies1949- No we didn’t use paypal. I went back and reread our correspondance just now and the only discrepency I can see is that she listed it as a size 8 when the tag actually says 6. But seeing as she did tell me her chest measurement and her concern about our chest size difference, I figured I still wouldn’t have much of a case perse’. Plus she seemed like a very legit seller. I just think maybe she over-estimated just how much room her built in bra took up.
As for the corset idea, I am not a fan of the corset style but right now I do think it would be doable. My mom and I are going to try and speak with a seamtress to see if maybe they have some advice. Only problem with that is, I’m from a pretty rural area and I don’t think majority of people near here remotely deal with wedding attire. But hopefully we can find someone even if long distance.
I had also contemplated adding sleeves in the first place so I thought maybe worse case scenario, they could just take the whole top part off and do a new one. *sigh* I just hate that this happened. But thanks for the hugs everyone! Other than that the dress looked great! LOL
Post # 10
i live in a rural area. as in Im 45 miles from any town, and there is no pop/soda machine in my zip code. none. just a post office.
That being said – the closest next door rancher (5 miles away) is making clothes for her daughters twins expected to be born the end of this year. Another rancher neighbor 10 miles west of us is beading a papoose for her latest – great grandchild arrival date October. And there is a hella lot of quilters in this county because the fair is always full of them. In fact the fair ride this year was a ride in the bucket thats used to check wires… i kid you not. And then theres all those 4hers teens who make their own clothes.. because the closest clothes store is almost 3 hours away.
My point is, a rural area is WHERE YOU WILL FIND SOMEONE WHO SEWS AND WHO CAN DO IT CHEAPER AND BETTER.
in looking at the dress, i would take out the lining on the sides (that fabric has great ruching and some give) and put in stretch panels underneath only on the side seams – you said before taking out the builtin you had 5’5 inches, with that out, you probably only need to go 2 inches out on either side – doable with a stretch panel. most alterations are done underneath with the lining, trying not to touch the fabric above too much – thats why they usually order a dress thats closest to your dress side with the intent of altering it.
now go find yourself some rural mom grandmom next fashion designer! (((HUGS!)))
Post # 11
@CyberCyndee9 take it to a seamstress, see if it can be made into a corset and let out a little
Post # 12
@CyberCyndee99: Do you have a few basic sewing skills and access to a sewing machine? You can buy actual corset kits and there are lots of Youtube videos on how to do it. I’ve seen kits that allow you to leave the zipper in place so if it doesn’t work out you haven’t destroyed it. I would recommend puting in a corset back before taking any seams apart.
Here’s a couple of places to start and you can Google for more:
Post # 13
@CyberCyndee99: I have an Enzoani gown as well, and mine needed to be let out too. Take it to a good seamstress, they can work miracles (try and find an independent person, not a chain store like David’s where you are on an assembly line). There was plenty of fabric for her to work with and now my gown fits like a glove.
Post # 14
@montanamum- HA! Your reply was hilarious and also very helpful. And with that said…
I actually looked online and found a woman about 40 minutes away who speacializes in formal & bridal alterations, right out of her home. So she’s definitely an option.
Also thanks to @VeryHappyMom’s links, I’ve decided to go with a corset kit. I actually do sew a little myself and those kits seem fairly easy to do. I think that will be the best option.
So thanks again ladies!
Post # 15
So I decided to see if I could put what few sewing skills I have to use and long story short…I was able to take the waistline out enough to zip the gown completely up!! Come to find out I did in fact have about an inch give on each side. Dress fits perfectly now! And I was able to do it all for FREE!
Post # 16
@CyberCyndee99: AWESOME!! This is now a pre-owned wedding gown rescue 🙂