Post # 1
My sister is getting married on Friday and I’m one of her bridesmaids. I tried my dress on again today to make sure it still fit because I’m 33 weeks pregnant and my bump has really popped in the past couple of days. It fits over my bump but it is way too tight across my ribs/chest. It was hard for my to handle having it on for just a couple minutes it was so tight. Not only that but I tried sitting and the boning was digging into my ribs which made me want to cry in pain because the baby has been up in my ribs lately so they’re already sore and in pain. Any advice on what I can do to make this dress bearable to wear for hours on end? I have to work during the day tomorrow so it’s going to be near impossible for me to take it in anywhere to get altered
Post # 2
Yikes. Is there any way to sew you into it (i.e., tight enough so it stays on but loose enough that you’re comfortable), and then drape a pashmina or light scarf over your back/shoulders? I see no other option if you’re unable to get it taken out. Although I’m sure if you begged someone could do it 🙂 Good luck!!
Post # 3
It depends on the dress and how it is made. Can you take out the boning? That may get you a little room. Is the dress lined and does it have a zipper up the back? If it has a zipper you can do it up as far as comfortable and then if you are able to the two flaps of the fabric where it does not meet on either side of the zipper higher up can be folded down in to the dress and the zipper sewed shut at the top to stop it sliding down. It is hard to know what to suggest without seeing the dress.
Post # 4
I agree about seeing if you can zip it up as high as you can and then wrap a shawl around your shoulders. I would also plan on wearing something else to the reception.
Post # 5
w100116 : drop it at an alterations place and ask them to let it out ASAP or do a shout out to Facebook friends asking for a friend who sews to help you.
I have a few dresses that if I wear a padded or firmer bra, it makes the dress fit too tight and uncomfortable. Can you wear no bra or a softer smaller bra?
Aldo can you cut the back and sew on a fabric panel in another fabric that matches? Post a Pic of the dress as we might be able to give you better options if we know what we are dealing with.
Post # 6
This is what the back of the dress looks like. I checked the side seams and there is about 1/2 inch of fabric there.
cmsgirl : I did find a less padded bra that helped a little but not enough to be able to wear it for hours. Unfortunately no bra is not an option for me since my boobs have been leaking so much with this pregnancy.
FutureMrsBex : I can get it zipped all the way up, it’s just when its zipped it’s so tight it’s hard to breathe.
melissaa1000 : I’m starting to thing getting sewn into it is my only option and just get ribbon that matches to cover the opening at the top of the zipper. Now I just have to find out if one of the other girls can sew
Post # 7
Honestly, at this point, my advice would be to tell your sister. Can you offer to suck it up for the ceremony and photos but change into a different dress for the reception? You might be able to find a Rent the Runway dress in a similar color and/or style so you still feel like a bridesmaid!
The back is totally different on this, but a similar style and color, and a bunch of sizes available.
Post # 8
Have you tried no bra with breast pads stuck to the dress?
Post # 9
JiminyCricket : unfortunatly I don’t think rent the runway would work. I’m in Canada and the wedding is tomorrow, plus I need to be ready to start hair and makeup at 7am so I don’t see any way I could get the dress on time.
Beth7210 : I would just be afraid of them moving if they were stuck to the dress with no bra to help hold them in place and then I end up with 2 wet spots showing through the dress
Post # 10
Can you zip it up to the bottom of the decorative sash part? It should be easy to sew in a hook and eye at the very top of the zipper, if it doesn’t have it already. If you can get the hook and eye closed, that would keep everything sitting neatly and it shouldn’t look too out of place, I wouldn’t think.
Post # 11
moonbee : That’s a good idea too, and then worst case scenario I can sew the open part above the sash down so it forms a v in the back of the dress. I would just have to make sure it still covers the bra band
Post # 12
w100116 : Yeah, the V is a great idea too! You’ll get it worked out 🙂