Post # 1
My dress just arrived last week.
It’s still the one I love. It’s beautiful. I think it looks prettier than the sample did on me.
However, they said I was inbetween sizes: between a 4 and a 6. Mind you I am a very small/thin person. I guess the dress sizes run a little small, it seems. I’m wondering if I was really the size they said I was. I also have a super tiny waist…they commented about it at the store.
Well they got size 6 for me, and the whole bodice is so large on me that it will not stay up, its so big……
When they do the alterations are they going to be able to fix it so that it’s tight enough/perfect fitting on me? I am so worried now! I have a lot of beading on the bodice….how on earth are they going to *alter* it to fit me???? Luckily I have awhile to my wedding so I can get busy on the alterations if it’s going to take awhile, and I don’t think I will wait since it is so LARGE on my top. The store said I should wait closer to the date, and I am not going to, as for I am a person who never gains weight…..I am more concerned about them making the dress smaller!
Post # 3
A reputable (usually independent from the bridal salons and thus less expensive with better quality work) seamstress in your area will have no issues with that as it is what they are trained to do for a living. Taking a dress in is very easy for them, but it is impossible to make a dress larger if it is originally too small.
Post # 4
Yeah most salons tell you to wait – mine did too even though I haven’t gained weight in over ten years. Rest easy, it really is possible to take in the bust even though there’s a lot of beading on it, but a professional should be the one doing it.
If your salon is the place doing the alterations for you, you could tell them you changed your wedding date to November 13 to get them to start on the alterations sooner. Or give them some other excuse like you’re leaving for your destination wedding a whole month early or something.
When you have the first fitting with the seamstress, there’s a good chance she’ll recommend putting in breast cups – that’ll give you an extra cup size and help fill in the bust area so they don’t have to take it in quite so much. Make sure your “final fitting” is scheduled a full two weeks before your wedding so they have another week to fix it again if they didn’t take it in enough the first time around.
Post # 5
Don’t worry— bridal salons have lots of experience altering beaded, lace, and other complicated bodice constructions. They know what they’re doing, and if you were in between sizes, ordering up was the way to go. This way, your dress will be your exact measurements and literally will be made for you.
You have some time. Most first fittings are about 6 weeks before the wedding. Let us know how it turns out!
Post # 6
Don’t worry about it. My bodice was huge and it had beading along the edge and alterations went well. I started my alterations 2 months before the wedding and that was enough time.
Post # 7
When they do the alterations they will fit it to you perfectly…that’s their job. You’ll be fine for time as well. The beading does mean it will take more time to alter than a plain dress, but not so much time that you should worry. Just breathe and trust the professionals.
Also, I would recommend using a reputable independent seamstress in your area over a salon seamstress. The price will be cheaper and the quality of work is usually a bit better.