(Closed) Quick question for bees who had 1st fitting

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: When you got your dress, was it too big?
    Yes : (15 votes)
    45 %
    No : (18 votes)
    55 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Mine was too big but only by a tiny bit, I couldn’t have fit into a size down I don’t think. I have heard of shops kinda scamming it by encouraging you to get a larger size and then pay for alterations at their shop.

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My dress came in almost perfect.  It needed to be taken in just a smidge at the bust to make it perfect.  If it was any other dress I would have left it as is.

    Post # 6
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    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @BruinBee: My bridal salon tried to do that to me. I tried on a size 8 sample and it was huge… there were several clips holding it up. Yet the girl still had the nerve to tell me that I needed to order a size 8 after taking my measurements. I’m a size 1 in street clothes, and I could clearly see that the gown I had on was way too big. I asked someone else to measure me and luckily got someone honest. I ended up with a 2! I can’t imagine how much it would have cost in alterations to go from an 8 to a 2!

    I don’t know how far this will get you, but you should call in a complaint that you were measured wrong. Honestly, it is the consultant’s responsibility to measure you correctly and make sure you get the right size, so you should demand some sort of discount or threaten bad reviews. You got scammed, but unfortunately it happens a lot according to what I’ve read :-/

    Post # 7
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    My dress was about 2 sizes too big too. Luckily, they were able to make it smaller and it was fine.

    That sucks they are charging you so much for alterations when they probably should have ordered you a smaller size…my store only charged a max of $250 for alterations so I didn’t complain too much when the dress was huge since I knew I would need substantial alterations no matter what (I’m short).

    Post # 8
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    554 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yes, my dress was a little too big and I could have gone down one size. Like most brides, I tried on a sample that was not even close to my perfect size so I had to be measured and go from the designers size chart. I ordered a size 4 and definitely could have fit into a size 2, but I was already nervous about fitting into the 4 so I was completely relieved when it came in and it fit! I will only need to take it in a little around the bust/waist. I did have another shop tell me that I needed a size 6 or 8 (same dress) and that would have been huge on me! That shop had in house alterations and insisted that the size 4 would be way too small! The shop I ordered from does not have in house alterations, they have someone they refer to, so I think that made a big difference! I also went online and found the measurements from the designer so I knew what size I needed and I knew that the first shop was way off when they recommended the size 6 or 8!

    Post # 9
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    785 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I bought my dress off the rack, because it was a discontinued dress and it was on sale. It is a size 4, and when I bought it it was slightly too big–just barely, like it needed to come in about an inch on each side.  There wasn’t a 2 for me to try on, so we decided to buy the 4 and have it altered, so I didn’t have much choice :/  Well, the good news (I guess?) is that I gained enough weight between the time I bough it (October) and my first dress fitting (March), that I didn’t need alterations after all!  It just had to be hemmed and have the bustle put in 🙂

    I kinda feel like they rip people off in most cases, though.  They tell you “oh let’s order a size too big because what if it comes in and it’s too small?  Then what are you going to do?”  So they buy a dress that’s way too big to force you to pay for alterations.  I dunno though I could just be paranoid.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m a street size 6 and my dress is a 10 (tad big) so I fell under the 2 size rule. It may vary from designer to designer and person to person of course, so I wouldn’t automatically say they were trying to scam you. You might mention how you’re feeling and maybe they’ll give you a discount on the alterations. Can’t hurt to ask as long as you do it smartly.

    Post # 12
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    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    i just went to my first fitting today.

    i’m  a street size 2, and they ordered a 6. but i was already worried that it would be to small. so over the past 8 months i was glad i did not insist on ordering a size 4.

    my experience:

    the dress needs to be taken in at the bust and the waist. i could have gone a size smaller there. but it fits perfectly on my hips. so going a size smaller my dress would have been so tight in that area that it would have left some ugly looking lines (stretching the fabric etc).

    i still need to pay 350 (incl. taxes) for alterations. but to be honest, i doesn’t bother me at all. i have it rather this way and have lots of room to breath, then the dress being so small, that i could hardly breath or eat on the wedding day.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I tried on a sample size 10 and it fit me PERFECTLY. The sales lady then took the dress off of me, measured me, and told me I should order a 12.  I knew this was coming and said absolutely not! The 10 had just been on and fit like a glove!  I confirmed that the seams could be let out a smidge if necessary and then asked her to order a 10. 

    When I was putting down the deposit she made me sign a paper stating I wanted a size that I did not measure as being.  Then she started going over estimated costs for alterations and said “but I don’t think you will have to alter it a lot”.  Ummm…you just tried to convince me to order a size bigger and now are saying I wont need a lot of alterations in the size you didn’t want me to order!   What a backwards system- I am now fully convinced they make you order a size or too up to jip you off in alterations

    Post # 14
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    262 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    No, mine fit perfect except for the length-which is not suprising given that at 5’2″ almost everything is too long on me. But the sales girl I had was great. She had me order a size smaller because it was a corset back. I was skeptical, but she was right one.

    Post # 16
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My dress was HUGE on me!  They have to take in 3 inches.  It sucks, I felt like crying.  So I know how you feel.  Now I’m being charged $600 for alterations.

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