(Closed) Was your dress too small?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
617 posts
Busy bee

@bowsergirl:  So I know this won’t help you now but it may just make you feel better. I just found and ordered my dress on Saturday. The sample fit perfect no hemming or anything needed. So I told the consultant I would order the size I tried on she suggested order the next size up because the sample had been tried on so many times sometimes it stretches a bit and girls find there new dress to be a little small and snug. I wonder if something similar happened to you? because you defiantly didn’t gain that much weight! 

I hope this helps! and good luck!

Post # 4
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@bowsergirl:  Yup. I gained weight due to 1) pre-wedding stress and 2) being in grad school plus working full-time leaving no time for gym and healthy cooking. My size 8 ceremony dress was very tight on me and looked weird in the armpit area. I tried to mitigate this issue by wearing a matching pashmina. I looked decent in pics, but I was NOT comfortable all day.

My reception dress was also too small (yeah, I really sucked with this). It wouldn’t zip up b/c it was two sizes too small. I actually ordered a size 10, but turns out it fit like a size 6. So I had a corset back put in. It wasn’t ideal, but I dealt with it.


Post # 7
1554 posts
Bumble bee

Yep! It fit like a glove when I tried it on, and then after alterations (I just had it hemmed) I realized that I never tried to sit in it… Woops! I just stood most of the night. The fabric didn’t have much give, and neither did the bodice. I did end up with some crinking in the front, but my entire dress had “flanges” so you couldn’t really tell..

Post # 8
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Well, I ordered in a steel boned burlesque dancer’s corset to solve this issue.

The only problem on the day was that I had gained so much muscle across my upper back that it took 2 people to zip the dress up… but it fitted just fine on my waist and hips. Loose, even.

Post # 9
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My dress did fit, but as you can see from the pic, I still had the dreaded back fat at the top. I feel like if I had of lost 10 pounds it would have been probably perfect, I just couldn’t do it. 

Post # 11
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@bowsergirl:  Yuppers! I had massive dress drama and once I found the dress it was a size too small. And considering I have ass and hips I couldnt get the dress over them. Talk about a serious panic attack.

To make matters worse I went to see a local seamstress and she wanted to charge me almost the cost of the dress to do the alterations!!! My fiancee and I drive 1 1/2 hrs to the salon where I ordered the dress from and worked with her seamstress who is AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! She tucked the bust, extended the corset panel, let out both layers of the dress and gave me a serious 9 point bustle and all for the amazing price of $300!!

Anywhoo I still have 143 days to get my body right and tight but luckily, at this point, it will fit just fine! I’m SO glad I didnt listen to the local seamstress!!


Post # 13
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

My bridal shop ordered the Maggie Sotterro Giovanna Marie in size 10 when I’m a street size 14. I didn’t know until I picked up my dress 2 weeks before the wedding (I got married in a different country to where I live). having tried the size 14 sample I knew it would be a tight fit but was planning to lose a few pounds before the big day. I collected the dress, went to my seamstresses house with my best friend (also my bridesmaid) happily unzipped the bag and in a moment of total horror took in the size iof the waist. I looked at the label and saw it was a 10. needless to say the dress wouldn’t go on. At all. my seamstress told me not to panic and that she’d work something out. After 5 minutes she proposed to redesign the back of the dress which I agreed to. I flew back home and joined a gym that same day. For the next 2 weeks I spent 4 hours a day everyday doing spinning, body pump and aqua fit classes whilst on a carb free calorie controlled diet. Two days before my wedding day I saw my seamstress. My dress looked stunning way better than the original! Not only did it fit like a glove but the top had to be taken in. 


I now wear a street size 10. I received so many compliments on my dress and I loved it so much. My seamstress saved my wedding and for all that work she charged me £120. I gave her what I thought the work was worth. She was stunned but it was worth every penny – that lady made me the most beautiful dress I’ve ever worn. 


Post # 14
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@bowsergirl:  4 day liquid diet? (any more will exhaust you too much before the wedding)

Post # 16
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yep.  I ordered online and didn’t measure properly, so it was my own damn fault.  Corset back, and it didn’t lace up as tight as I’d like it.  It looked okay in the end, though.

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