(Closed) taking dresses out

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Sometimes there is a seam  allowance in gowns that will allow them to be taken out, however, a lot of times it will leave marks on the material (holes) and it can be difficult to recreate embellishments.

I work with formal wear, and we always say that things can be taken IN, but usually not let OUT.

If you buy it and try to let it out, you may end up losing the $400 and have an unwearable dress. IMO, it is very risky

Post # 5
303 posts
Helper bee

Hmmn, well, alterations can get pricy pretty quickly, especially when there is detailing which requires more careful reconstruction etc.

I’m not sure it’s worth the risk…

Post # 6
1020 posts
Bumble bee

have you tried looking for a preowned of that dress?

do you want to let us know its brand and style # so that we can help you look for one?

Post # 7
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I wouldn’t try to have a dress “let out”… It’s not guaranteed it will turn out well.  I can see you waiting and waiting for the alterations to be done just to find out in the end you have to keep looking for another dress anyway (and only you can decide if it’s worth the risk or not).  I’ve unfortunately seen bridal shops make unreasonable promises to people just to make a sale (especially in this economy).  And if you are able to notice that something is not perfect with a dress there’s a good chance other people might notice it too.  Unless you have a friend or family member who is a professional seamstress and can go to the bridal shop with you to look at the dress I would pass up the opportunity.  You can always call around to other bridal shops within an hour or two radius of your home and see if anyone else has the dress (if it’s being discontinued, it might be a reduced price somewhere else as well).

Post # 8
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was talked into letting my dress out (because I couldn’t sit down – but I was on day 1 of my cycle and was bloated).  I wish I didn’t!  My gown is a tight mermaid style and they took it out between the knees and the thighs.  I lost the tightness of the dress and now it is baggy.  I ran out of time since I am leaving out of state a week before my actual wedding so thank God my mom sews and will take it back in.

It seems as though 3/4″ on each side is a lot.  Maybe try 1/4″ on each side and try wearing Spanx.

Also, consider the time of month in your cycle that you are getting married and match that time with your alterations.  If you are like me, I gain a couple pounds when Aunt Flo is in town and then lose it immediately.

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