- 13 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008
HELP!!! I’ve now been to my seamstress three times and don’t know what to do. I have Mori Lee 2194. The dress is an ivory satin polyester with a chiffon overlay decorated with glass beading and sliver thread embroidery. As much as I love how beautiful my dress is, I wouldn’t pick it if I had this to do over.
I swear my dress is a size 8 not a size 6 like the tag reads. My seamstress has taken 5-6 inches out of the dress around the bust area. She added padding inside and I bought a Wonderbra to wear underneath. Unfortunatley, the dress is still a little loose. Not loose enough it would fall off of me, but it sags enough from the weight of the dress to look too low cut and causes my dress drag on the ground I will likely step on it as I walk or dance.
I can’t bring in the sides anymore without ruining the beadwork. Because the bodice and hem have embroidery it cannot be shortened any further (no seams). I’m trying to find 3 1/2" heels but can’t find anything appropriate (because I’m very uncomfortable in shoes over 2 1/2"). I could add straps but it changes the look. So now I’m asking what suggestions people might have on how to keep the dress UP and keep it strapless??? Any other tricks people can offer that would work with a heavy gown?
My seamstress suggested using safety pins to secure the dress to my bra. I’ve also been told by another bride that she used velcro to attach the dress to her bra. Other options include adding more crinoline which I prefer not to do being 5’0" tall. The last resort would be to bail on this dress and buy one used.
I’m feeling really frazzled over this and I appreciate any help people can offer.
P.S. For any petite brides still looking for a dress, my advice is pick something with no decoration on the bottom half and if you’re going to have a bustle, avoid a gown with layers. It’s difficult to alter and a pain to bustle. Stay away from beading and buy silk if you can afford it to keep the dress lightweight.