Post # 1
SO I bought my dress in October, and I ordered it with a corset back…The sales girl ordered me a 16, said that was what my largest measurment put me into (hips @ 46″). Also told me that with a corset I need to go up a size (I couldn’t zip up the 16 sample she had in the store).
I have lost 30 lbs, and almost 3″ in the hips, and my upper body has changed drastically (16 street size to a 12, tight 36 pant to a loose 34). I am teerified my gown is going to be way too big, and I will end up paying a fortune in alterations.
The sales lady has assured me her seamstress can take it in up to 8 sizes, but do I want that? I am thinking I should just order the 14.
Post # 3
@Take The Reins: 8 Sizes?!? You mean 4 sizes (from a 16 to an 8)?? I don’t know much about the execution of alterations, but I’m pretty sure it depends on the neckline and structure of the dress. I don’t think I’d want a dress that was altered more than 2 sizes.. let alone 4!
Post # 4
@CaliforniaLove: You are right, sorry. 4 sizes. I am going to go try on the sample again in 2 weeks and see if we need to change it form there.
But I must say, wedding dress measurements are out to lunch! A size 14, in this designer, is supposedly a 38.5″ bust, 28.5″ Waist, and 40.5″ Hip. I tried on the 14 in the store, and it fit perfectly in the hip area (I measured 46″), waist and was too tight across the bust to do up all the way. So we ordered a 16 in corset back, but my hips are my largest measurement.
I so don’t get how they size their gowns!
Post # 5
I don’t know much about alterations…but I would LOVE to know how you lost 30 lbs! That’s awesome! Congrats! Are you following a specific program?
Post # 6
When I married my ex my wedding dress was a size 18 (Alfred Angelo). My seamstress had to take it down to a size 10 but it was still a size to big on my wedding day. The real issue is is that we really lost the shape of the dress. It went from a slim fitting a-line to a ballgown. So yes it is doable but I won’t do it again.
Post # 7
I think the architecture of the dress starts changing after altering more than 2 sizes.
Post # 8
And this is why I’m so lost on when to get my dress. Congrats on your weight loss! I’ve lost 30 so far and plan to try and lose at least 100-150 more before my wedding. I would say order a smaller size to be on the safe side. You may lose more, and I agree with other posters that after altering beyond 2 sizes the whole shape and feel of the dress will probably be off.
Post # 9
Yeah, my concern is I don’t plan on stopping the fitness training, so I will likely change shape even more. I am so worried I will be spending a fortune in alterations (already over budget) and the dress will look silly afterwards. This is the dress
@Merelton: I am on a plan with a personal trainer. It’s a pretty strict, eat clean diet. When I follow it faithfully, the weight literally melts off. When I cheat and don’t take care of myself, it goes a LOT slower. I started doing weight watchers, but wasn’t getting the physical requirements met enough, so signed on for personal training. It’s been great.