(Closed) Wedding Dress Dilemma!

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Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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missmetal666:  I hate to say it, but I don’t think it’s seeming all that promising… I’m certainly not a seamstress or experienced sewer though!

I think it’s really important that you take it to someone ASAP to have a look at how it’s constructed and determine what your options are. I know it’s a gorgeous dress and you really don’t want to give it up, but if you do need another dress then having more time to sort it out will give you a much better chance of finding something within budget and, if necessary, time to try and sell your original one. 

Have all my fingers crossed that a seamstress can make it work for you, but don’t delay in finding out! Best of luck!

Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Looking at the photos you posted, that is a pretty large gap. Make an appointment with a good seamstress as soon as possible to go over your options. If even letting out the dress and putting in a corset will not work, you’ll still have time to find another dress. You still have six months!

And don’t rely on the possibility of losing weight because that doesn’t always work out (I was supposed to have lost 20 lbs! I gained five! lol).

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee

I am an experienced seamstress and its only possible if there are large seam allowances inside. Have someone look at it and discuss your options. How much is there to let out on all the seams? Does the dress need hemmed to the point of cutting away fabric? Would that fabric work on the bodice to add pieces in the back to make a corset back more realistic?  These are pretty intense alterations and will most likely cost you. It all depends on what you want. Do you love this dress to the point you want to spend however much more it costs to make it fit? Or would you rather sell it as is, and use that money to get a different dress that fits you better?  Neither choice is right or wrong, its all about what you want to do. 

I would also not bet on losing weight. I gained as I got closer to my wedding and had to have my dress altered larger. The stress of planning and everything else going on in my life made it very difficult for me. 

Good luck!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

 

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missmetal666:  I do love your dress and will keep my fingers crossed you manage to lose some weight for an easier alteration process. Drink plenty of water (with lemon slices, it takes away the bloat) and eat 5 small protions of healthier alternatives, instead of fried, eat grilled and steamed meals.

Also, since I am so in lvoe with your dress can you tell me who the designer is and how much it costs?

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

The good news is that if you can’t alter your dress, I am 100% certain somebody will snatch it up if you post it on any website for sale.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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missmetal666:  Thnx 🙂 it truly is stunning!

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t like your chances here- that is too big a gap. 

In your shoes, I would cut my losses, try to recoup some funds and find a dress in your actual size. So sorry. 🙁

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This might not be possible but just to throw it out there…maybe look into adding a black fabric inside the dress to cover the gap as a filler, maybe even have a zipper in the center..this would act as a background like a “new” back of the dress. And then have the corset portion on the actual dress so it would be over the black layer and have a thick ribbon that would leave only minimal gaps in between when you lace it up. The laced up part would still have to be pretty wide though so I dont’ know if that would be an issue for you.
Or you could attach the black portion to extend it and look for a fabric similiar to the overlay on your dress and have it put on top to be like a mini cape/train kind of thing. The only similar dress I can think of that has something similar is Elsa from Frozen’s dress.
I don’t know if I explained that well but I was just throwing some ideas out there, I hope everything works out for you 🙂

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

Sorry, but there’s no way that I see this working out. I’m pretty surprised you were encouraged to buy it. Did they seem to think you could get it altered up that many sizes? I think it’s pretty irresponsible on the part of the bridal salon. Although, I guess it’s a common thing for brides to say, ‘I’m gonna lose weight and this will fit.’

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

There’s nothing that will make that dress fit you. You aren’t going to lose all that weight by October. Sell this dress, use the money to buy something that fits. I think going to a seamstress would be a total waste of time. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

there might be enough give to let it out up to 4 inches. and then put a corset in. But that with a hem is a lot of $$$$$ 

i would say for the amount  money you would have to spend on getting it altered use it towards a new dress and sell this one. If your on a tight budget. There is always option of pre owned or purchase off rack. 

I’m sorry this has happened to you ;(. Best of luck!!!! 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I don’t think there is much that can be done for this dress without possibly dropping more $ on alterations than you’ve spent on the dress. Also, I think the alterations needed, if they are even possible, would change the dress design substantiall. I’d sell it and find something else that can be ordered in your size, not 4-6 sizes too small. 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Even with a corset back, would the waist line look right? I’d cut my losses and find something else. It’s beautiful so hopefully you can sell it. 

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