Post # 1
I am starting a diet today. Even after taking the advice not to buy the dress smaller, I did it anyway. I am concerned because when I got it, it lacked about three inches of meeting in the back. Right now, it zips snugly, but I am still nowhere near the size I want to be when I walk down the aisle. I’d like to lose another 40 lbs!
I also can’t afford to get a new dress that’s anywhere near as nice as the one I have now. How big do I need to stay for the dress? Or should they be able to take it in as much as I need, as long as I can pony up the cash?
FWIW, the dress is a ballgown style.
Post # 3
My dress (ballgown style) was taken in six inches at the waist and you couldn’t tell when it was down. A good seamstress makes miracles happen!
ETA: I don’t know how to vote in your poll, because I don’t remember how many sizes that was for the designer of my dress.
Post # 4
I am a size 0/1 and I bought my dress at a size 2. So it will need to be altered down a bit. I did not want to order a size 0 because if I did i’m sure after all of these years of trying to put on weight; I actually would!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
It depends on HOW the dress is built, more than the style, but honestly– I wouldn’t worry about losing too much weight. 90% of dresses can be taken in to fit just about any size.
When I ordered my dress, I knew I would be losing weight, the dress in the store fit ok, but a little snug. Labeled a size 12. So, I ordered the 12. Either the first 1 was mislabeled or my dress was because what came was closer to a size 10!
Originally, I had it let out, to a size 12, but when I went back in for my fitting, I’d lost some weight, so she had to take it in– then, 2 weeks later when I went back, it was still too big so she had to take it in again… This kept happening up to 2 days before my wedding, and after a while I was smaller than when I first tried my dress on. When my dress finished, it was about a size 8!
Post # 6
I had my dress taken in 2-3 sizes. It fit perfectly on my wedding day, but it took four fittings (and mucho dinero) to get it right. Your dress might be easier or harder to alter, depending on the construction. Why not bring it to your seamstress and ask what can be done?
Post # 7
@LittleRiver: I would, but the store I bought the dress at wound up going out of business (that’s a whole other set of problems, but luckily I took delivery instead of leaving it in the care of the store until the day of!)
Post # 8
@EffieTrinket: How long do you have until your wedding? If I were you, I would try to get to “wedding size” no later than a month before the wedding.
I bought my dress a size up, since I was told the brand ran small, but it was somewhat big on me when it came in and I was dieting/exercising hard. They ended up taking in the dress about 2-3″ in the chest (and putting bra pads in), 3″ in the waist, and 5″ in the hips (I lose all my weight in my bum and not just my waist like I’d like to, oh well). Since your dress is ballgown style, they probably would just have to take it in on your chest and waist and not as much on your hips. I had 4 alterations appointments after my dress arrived, so it was time-consuming but turned out totally perfect in the end. I also made sure that a month before my wedding, I was already at my wedding size so that they would not have to make drastic alterations in the last few days before the wedding.
Post # 9
Oneof my dresses was a size 8 but I do not have proportionate bust-waist-hip measurements. the bust and waist had to be taken in about an inch or two while the hips had to be taken in about 6-7 inches. It was a drop waist style dress. My other dress was a mermaid style so the hips also had to be taken in while the bust and waist was fine.
Post # 10
I’m confused, do you need the dress taken in or out?
Despite getting my dress made to my measurements, it was a full 4 INCHES too big in the bodice, which was a major oversight on Casablanca’s part. I also couldn’t use the salon where I bought it for alterations because it was out of state.
I was able to find a bridal salon that contracts independent seamstresses that are vetted by the salon and work inside it. My seamstress was able to take my frumpy, way too big dress and make it fit absolutely perfectly. It looked beautiful by the time she was done with it.
That being said, it’s much, much harder to take a dress out than in if there’s no extra fabric in the seams.
Post # 11
@anemonie: That makes me hopeful!
It was actually too small when it arrived, and I’ve been losing weight. It fits perfectly now, but I’m nowhere near my goal weight. If I do get down to goal, I will be swimming in it.
Post # 12
I had my dress taken in from a Jasmine Bridal 10 to street size 2 with no issues. It was a slim A line (I think).
Post # 13
Nice to know that for many people it was fine (based on the poll)! 🙂