(Closed) The dress doesn’t fit…

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

can you take your grandma’s measurements again and see if they match up to the original measurements?  Were you present when they did the measurements to see if they were jotted down incorrectly or if they even took the measurements wrong.

Post # 5
44 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

Doesn’t the dress say what size it is?

Where are you located?  Ask in your area’s theknot.com board if they have recs for good seamstresses.  It might cost less than $100 for them to let it out.  Bridal shops are notorious for overcharging on alterations!

Post # 7
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I understand your frustration, but it might be hard to find a seamstrees that will do the necessary alterations for less than $100.  I’m willing to bet a lof of the bee readers have experienced first hand or have heard of dress alterations costing more than the actual dress (bridesmaids dresses, that is)  Will the size 14R that the dress company is offering to exchange it for fit?  If so, I’d pay the re-stocking fee and get the larger dress, while you still can.   If for no other reason then to save yourself some stress in the last few months before your wedding.

Good luck! 

Post # 9
6 posts

I had a similar problem with my wedding dress.  It came in and wouldn’t zip.  I was told it would be about $300+ to re-build the top of it and get more lace, etc.  I cried and cried.  My Mom went back the next day and told them that there was no way I had gained weight, etc and made them re-measure the dress and whatnot.  They figured out the bust wasn’t even a size 0 (where I ordered an 8!!).  We went around and around with them trying to get a new dress from the manufacturer.  Mind you this was a pricey dress.  It got to the point where the bridal shop wanted to ‘pass along’ the $800 re-stocking fee to us.  My Dad called them a few times (he never gets involved) and sent a strongly worded letter.  Basically he said it’s not our fault that the dress is the wrong size – you failed to ensure the dress was the right size when you rec’d it and our paperwork has the measurements of the dress, etc.  FINALLY they agreed that we weren’t responsible for the re-stocking fee.  It took my Mom and Dad each calling the owner just about every day for 2 weeks.  If you can’t get them to budge…order the next size.  I sew and letting a dress out 3 inches is enormous.  Frankly, I’m surprised it has that much fabric.  Good luck – this stuff is so stressful when you have to deal with jerks at a bridal shop!

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