Post # 1
I’m going dress shopping at the end of the month-yay! I have slowly been losing weight but I will still be 25 lbs away from my goal when I go dress shopping. Is this a big deal? I know they can do wonders in alterations but how much is too much? For me, the weight loss should translate to going from a 16 to a 12. The dress styles I am interested are the fitted styles (sheath/mermaid/etc). Do you think I should hold off on dress shopping until I lose more weight.. which could be awhile and I don’t want to cut it too close. The wedding is next June. Should I order my dress in a size smaller? Or buy the size that am I and hope the alterations work out? Any ladies have experience with losing weight after ordering your dress?
Thanks so much!
Post # 2
I’m in a similar situation (may wedding, sheath dress, and same size range!). and working directly with the dress designer through her boutique. She advised ordering my current size and having it altered as necessary. She said it could easily be taken down up to 2 sizes if necessary.
I am a bit nervous but trusting her as she does this for a living.
Post # 3
You can still go dress shopping and purchase a dress in your current size.
I did this. I purchased my dress in a size 6, and I lost about 20 lbs taking me down to a size 4. My dress was heavily beaded but I was still able to have it altered down a size, and it was no big deal.
Post # 4
Generally I was told dresses can go down two sizes or up one. It depends on how confident you are you’ll lose the weight but if be more comfortable without the pressure. I bought a dress based on my at the time chest/hip size but was smaller in the waist, then I dropped a size all over so my dress is being taken in two sizes at the waist and one elsewhere. It also depends on where you lose the weight from too!
Post # 5
I bought my dress then lost 25lbs (street size 14 to 12). It fit fine once it was taken in.
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2016 - Presidio Log Cabin
I lost 40 pounds after buying my dress and went from a 16 to a 10-12. My alterations for my lace sheath-style dress (with buttons up the back) were difficult (she had to remove the lace gently from the fabric under and then reattach it on the reconstructed dress) and therefore costly, but it was worth it! I think total in cost me $900 and it took 4 fittings. If you find a dress that is simpler or has a corset back, it will be MUCH easier to take in.
In retrospect I wished I had ordered it in a smaller size, but I was nervous about putting that much pressure on myself to lose.
Post # 7
Thanks for the replies!
When you say 2 sizes do you mean going from a size 10 to a size 6 (10-8-6) or would going from a size 10 to a size 8 (10-9?-8) count as 2 sizes?
kellykapoor : thanks for posting this. The back of your dress sounds like exactly what I want so I will need to keep the high cost of alterations in mind. I still haven’t tried any on so this could all change. Let’s hope I fall in love with a corset back haha
Post # 8
Go right ahead and buy! I bought a size 12 (due to my hips) and then lost 24 lbs in the 10 weeks leading up to my wedding. I had my dress altered to a size 8. It was a lace and beaded sheath dress.
Post # 9
i guess you should buy it first and then alter when you’ve dropped you pounds. but if you wanted to hold it first until then, it’s also good. it might as well be your motivation to lose weight. Goodluck!
Post # 10
I think it’s best to order the dress to what you fit now. You can always take it in. Just set aside extra money for alterations you will probably have to spend a little more. You can’t really dictate where you lose the weight from what if you lost it in your stomach but your chest was still on the bigger side or your in between sizes. It’s better to have to much material then not enough and seamstress take in bridal gowns all the time.
Post # 11
I think you should take the photos of the dress that you pick (even just stock photos, front and back and side) to a seamstress and get her to price the alteration cost assuming altering two sizes down. It can be hella expensive. My dress isn’t even beaded or laced (on the bottom) just tulle, no major resizing should be required (not 100% sure till I get the dress), still going to cost at least $400 based on the few places I talked to with the photos. I’m in Australia so I guess everything is extra expensive lol..
Once you have a general idea, you can decide if you can accept the costs (in a worst case scenario).