Post # 1
So my two bridesmaids got measured back in April at a local store, but then we ordered the dresses from weddingshoppeinc.com. They are Dessy 2846. The lady at the store told us size 8 would be best for them as their hips were bigger than their chest measurement (size 4-6), and alterations would just have to be done. She said if we ordered them smaller then the lining under the chiffon around the hips might be too tight. Ok, it’s her job to measure people so we trusted her and I ordered two size 8 dresses.
One of my bridesmaids received hers and she says it’s 3 inches too big in the chest. Adding to this, she lives in some dinky small town 10 hours from here so there are literally two people who do alterations – one who is terrible, and the other that she took it to today. That lady told her it would be way too difficult to alter to fit her size. So… NOW WHAT?
The wedding is in less than 6 months, my sister’s dress will hopefully fit her (she should get to try it on next week and then we’ll know). We were really limited in dresses to begin in with as we needed extra length for my tall sister. And the groomsmen already have their matching color ties to the bridesmaid dresses. I don’t want to have to start over!
What can I do? I told small town bridesmaid to send the dress to me and hopefully I can find a place to alter it, since I live in a big city. Obviously she doesn’t live here though so the dress would be altered without her trying it on ever until she gets here for the wedding. Or I buy her a new dress, which sucks obviously because they aren’t exactly cheap. (This bridesmaid didn’t pay for her dress by the way, so that’s two dresses I buy for her).
Has anyone had a dress like this successfully altered? Was it super expensive to alter – maybe we are better off buying a new dress?
This is the sample on my sister:
And this is the too big dress on my other bridesmaid:
Post # 3
Oh no! I’m so sorry – that must be so stressful. The only experience that I have had is taking a dress out – which I am told is much harder to do!
I would def have your bridesmaid send your dress over to you- my alteration I did days ahead of time and it was pricey BUT it was worth it. See if you can have her mom or someone else kinda savvy sewing mark where it should be pulled in and take it to someone you trust.
You’ll make it work somehow! Good luck! *HUGS!*
Post # 4
Thanks, I keep telling myself that it must be possible to alter. It’s only about 2 sizes larger at the most, and I’ve read time and time again on here how wedding dresses can be altered that much. She’s going to ship it to me and mark how big it is. I think even if I end up paying out the nose for alterations it will be easier than trying to find something else. I am so glad I’m finding this out now and that she didn’t procrastinate finding a seamstress!
Post # 5
I would ask dinkytown bridesmaid to take it back to the tailor in her town that’s good. Ask the tailor to pin it to where it would need to be altered, and then send it to you.
Post # 6
I wore a dress similar to that in April. I lost weight after ordering it and ended up having to have a few inches on each side taken it. It look just fine! You couldn’t even tell. I don’t see why in the world she was told it wasn’t possible. I guess it’s better that the lady was honest, and didn’t jack up the dress beyond repair. Have someone pin it while she’s got it on, then see what you can do in your town. Hope is not lost! 🙂
Post # 7
@Pinkmoon: I had a chiffon dress like this for a wedding I was in, and it was too big when it came in (probably not as much as the one your Bridesmaid or Best Man got), but I needed to take in the bust a good amount, plus the waist and it wasn’t a problem … it took 3 tries and it wasn’t exactly cheap – but on the plus side, a good tailor should be able to make that dress work!
Post # 8
ok so yes something can be done … it will will be alot of money I got a dress off light int the box… the bride being a lil clueless to sizing thought tossing on an inch or 2 to each spot would insure it fit 🙁 needless to say since she asked me to lose 10-15lbs mixed with adding a few inches my dress was like a tent
It was 300 in alterations mind you for some reaosn i had a train that had to be lopped off the whole thing had to be re hemmed and on top of that she ordered it assuming the bead work of a white dress would on a blue dress be blue it was white/sliver so it all have to be removed by hand (so some of that 300 prob was those things you will not need done so it would i hope be less then 300 for you but he size probs were very alike)
she added darts on the top rim of the chest to bring it in to hug my breast so they didnt hang out u can see the pin work a bit here … she also brought it in several inches on the side andi jsut rememebr she re did the whole zipper too uo above is he 1st fitting below is the 2nd u can see it the fit is good… i had 4 fittings … (i kept losing and ended up needing what should have been the last one bumped to one more 3 days b4 the wedding cuz it wouldnt stay up so tell those girls not ot lose an oz
the fit ended up being pretty nice but omg time of the month hit and my boobs blow up then but u can def see it fit amazing sept in the time of the month super boobs lol …its ironic it ended up tight since when i got it it fit just like that girls lol 😀 but i think they can do something for you … hopefully most of the coast was removing the bead work zipper and train … they will need to pin the edges and likely dart the top a lil
Post # 9
Yah, that’s the plan we ended up on. Thanks.
Well, I can kind of get it. That lady isn’t a professional, she just does it from home.But yah, good she was honest and didn’t just start butchering the dress.
Thanks for sharing, that makes me feel better to know!
Thank you for showing all the pics! That was a big alterations bill but hopefully without the beading it’s cheaper, and buying a new dress would be like $250 anyway so it’s one or the other!
Post # 10
Common, a good seamstress can alter anything! Look at the bridal gowns for crying out loud! These are way more complicated and they all get altered.
Have her put on the dress and her mother or whomever pin it to where it should be altered. Take her measurements and have her send the dress to you. Bring it to someone who knows what they are doing.
You have 6 months left… thats plenty of time! Don’t stress
Post # 11
Thanks, you ladies are so good at talking some sense into me! Last night when she texted me (before bed, I obviously didn’t sleep well!) it seemed like a disaster. This morning after reading all the comments and finding some seamstresses I’m looking at this totally differently. It’s a pain yah, but now I’m sure it can be done.
Post # 12
well i also had a sticky zipper so we haveto buy and replace that and also cut the train and re hem it … so assuming you dont have those troubles as well it should be cheaper in alot of ways i sure the picking out the whole waist band and inch alone the top of little beads coast alot of that 300
i think it will end up being cheaper then a new gown but i figure if they could do mine they can do yours … that one women likely just isnt as skilled as some of the people you will find in the city
Post # 13
I’m sorry, not to threadjack, but the bride asked YOU to lose weight? what the crap?
Post # 14
she worked rreally hard to loss some her self … and i had gained alot in school (like 40lbs) i had worked in a gym for 2 years b4 that and she really was just giving me a reason to be motiviated
it was not like a loss it or u cant be in it it was more like hey now u have a reason i know u been wanting to and we can keep each other on track and you feel so pretty she knew i kept starting to work out but then stopping again so it came out of a good motivational place