(Closed) Second hand wedding dress help!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You can easily have a seamstress convert a zip back to a corset back, would you consider that? That would likely give you the extra inches you need to have the dress fit perfectly!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I ran into this problem as well. I found a dress that I wanted and the waist was about and inch and a half too small. The other bees on the board made me realize its probably a good idea not to buy that gown because an inch is really more than we think it is and I probably wouldn’t be able to fit into it. Better safe then sorry I guess.

Lace I believe is much more difficult to alter that other materials from what seamstresses have told me. I would imagine trying to take out lace would be pretty difficult if not impossible especially if it has been altered already. But I have no idea about this type of thing really.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

It all depends on the dress and what kind of seam allowance there is if you can take it out – I bought a Maggie Sottero dress that for some reason in that particular style fit smaller than other styles (odd), and that is when I found out that Maggie Sotteros have 0.5cm seam allowance, meaning I couldnt let it out at all…

also the fit, if it is A-line may work better  with larger hip/thigh measurements. To confirm too that those are seamstress measurements you have – for waist in particular they measure higher up (your natural waist) which is usually smaller than say pants measurements. If it is second hand I would also check if she had any alterations, maybe the standard measurements for the dress are not what the dress is now…

And if its not too cheeky I am in NZ (christchurch) and have an amazing, brand new Ivory A-line all lace dress in US size 10 that I am really trying to get rid of since we just got married – it was my backup for the too-small dress, but I managed to squeeze into it for the wedding day so I ended up with an extra dress Smile

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@jesseliz:  I would say the Allure is closer to fit-and-flare or modified A-line shape as well. The dress I wore was a Mggie Sottero madison Marie, but the one I am selling is a Jasmine Couture style T331. I think the measurements would honestly be quite close to yours, and because it is a more simple back (no keyhole) it could easily be made into corset back if you needed to. You could also add lace straps or a bolero to it as well, it is honestly a gorgeous dress just laying in our spare room right now! And because I am shameless I just went and snapped a few photos..


 

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@jesseliz:  Just to confirm too – you can get Allure dresses in NZ, in Christchurch I know Avon Bridal has them, and I also went to a shop in central Dunedin that had them too. They might have it as a sample (if you needed it quickly) or can order it in if that is the dress your heart is set on 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@jesseliz:  Just curious – how did the dress fit? Its amazing that the dream dress was available so was hoping it worked out for you!

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