posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
189 posts
Blushing bee

Replying to follow this thread. I am also losing weight and getting married oct 1st this year and I just got my dress in that I had made in China and ordered it too big on purpose because of it coming from China and unsure of the seamstress acurate measurements. I too am worried about losing too much weight and I wont be able to get it altered being that I have heard you can only get it taken out or taken in up to 2 sizes. I plan on going to my alterations apt probably in July. But heres how the dress fits now

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Post # 4
1810 posts
Buzzing bee

Opinions seem to vary on this, but since seamstressing runs in the family, I will tell you what I know and what my own experience was (I lost 24 lbs for my wedding in 2 months’ time…so my dress was still loose the day of! But honestly…no big deal). I have been told countless times that 4 dress sizes is the maximum amount that you can take a dress in without possibly altering the intergrity (look) of the dress. That being said, the integrity depends a LOT on whether or not there are certain elements in it–boning, lace appliques, detail work, for instance. A more plain dress is easier to alter. In regular clothes, one size is approximately equal to 10 lbs–but this doesn’t necessarily consider things such as muscle mass, bone density, and water weight.AND, to add more complexity, typically you are sized based on your BIGGEST measurement. My hips were mine. So my hips only went down one dress size while the rest went down two–so you may not go down sizes ALL OVER. Also, wedding dress sizing is different. So the moral of the story is there are a lot of variables.

For what it’s worth, you did the right thing by ordering in your size NOW. You never know how things are going to turn out. You may want to lose 60 but your body doesn’t cooperate and you lose 40. Keep in mind you may always buy samples so if you end up losing, say, 75 lbs, and the alterations are just too much $$ or you want to fit into something more form-fitting, you can walk into a bridal salon, try stuff on, and walk out with a dress same day. You still want to allow time for alterations on that dress, though.


Post # 5
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

kristinreiley:  I can only speak from my current experience.  I bought my dress 1 size too small.  I currently have dropped 41 pounds since the purhase of the dress.  So, now, this dress that was too small when purchased is now too big. 

My seamstress knows I am in the process of losing weight.  Fortunately, my dress has a corset back, which is great for alterations!!

Here’s the thing, Wedding is May 22, 2016.  I am going on a cruise from April 24 – May 1st.  Cruises are all about FOOD.  Luckily the seamstress will be doing the “take-ins” after my cruise!  The last cruise I went on, I gained 7 pounds!  And I just know I won’t be able to go on a cruise and not eat!

I explained all my concerns to my seamstress.   Things are specific to the dress.  This will probably ease some of her nerves. 

I want to say that I think it will work out fine!  Don’t let the dress stop you from losing weight if that’s what you want.  I had so many people tell me “Don’t lose too much weight, your dress won’t fit”  I was like, whatever.  LOL!   Then you have people who get jealous too!  I got a lot of compliments from people at work about how they can tell I am losing weight.  The, I get a comment from one lady.  She looks at me and says “Oh, I think you might have lost weight.  Oh, no, I think it’s just the way your hair is today.”  WOW!!!!!!  How do you respond to that?  I am thinking in my head “yeah, 41 pounds of hair?”  Sorry, just had to share that tangit.

2 more months to the wedding day and I hope to get down another 25 pounds!  Fingers crossed.

You are going to do great!  And your dress will look amazing!

Post # 6
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I lost 40 lbs after ordering my dress. It was able to be altered no problem, and was a zippered back, heavily beaded dress!

my first fitting:


wedding day:


Post # 10
3966 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I was bullied into ordering a dress far too large (my measurements said 8 and she said to order a 12 just in case even though I haven’t gained weight since I was 14) and also am working to lose a few pounds, so I suspect my dress will be very large when I go in for my first fitting in May. I will let you know how it goes if you don’t have yours in by then! I’m honestly dreading it and hope that it’s not too much work.

Post # 11
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

kristinreiley:  It depends a lot too on where you tend to carry your weight and where your body loses weight first.  I carry the majority of my weight in my thighs.  So, when I lose weight, the last place I lose it is my thighs.  So, my dress is loser, but my pants are not as lose as I would hope.  And you also have to think about the relation of weight loss.  If a 250 pound person loses 15 pounds and a 150 pound person loses 15 pounds.  The weight loss will be more noticeable for the 150 pound person.  For me, 10 pounds does NOT equate a dress size.  I think it’s more like 20 pounds for me.

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