Weight loss after buying your dress

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3042 posts
Sugar bee

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
597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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
702 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I bought my dress then lost 25lbs (street size 14 to 12). It fit fine once it was taken in.

Post # 6
345 posts
Helper bee
  • 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 # 8
1806 posts
Buzzing bee

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
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

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
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

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
1194 posts
Bumble bee

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).

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