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Caitlin
Savvy September 2021

My dress arrived and it’s too tight.

Caitlin, on September 6, 2020 at 5:42 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 25
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My dream wedding dress finally arrived after 7 months (Martina Liana). It took 2 people at the boutique to get me buttoned in the dress. I got the size they recommended (4). I haven’t gained any weight. I’m so upset, the store owner insisted it fit and sent me home. I went to my moms and she was unable to get me in the dress, she thinks it’s about an inch too tight in the bust. The top of my dress is delicate and I’m scared it can’t be altered. I just want to cry... I’m going to see a seamstress this week. Wish me luck! My dress arrived and it’s too tight. 1
My dress arrived and it’s too tight. 2

My dress arrived and it’s too tight. 3



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Latest activity by Kate, on September 7, 2020 at 1:14 PM
  • Jei
    Savvy June 2021
    Jei ·
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    If you are uncomfortable in the dress do not let the store owner tell you that it's fine. You will be the one wearing it and you are the one paying for it. Have the owner correct the dress the way you like.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
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    I think it looks great on you! Are you worried that you won’t be able to move around in it or be comfortable?
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  • L
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    Beautiful dress! Definitely talk to the seamstress - dresses can usually be let out 1-2 dress sizes. I also agree with a previous comment - if your measurements have stayed the same from when you ordered the dress, you should request that the shop owner reorders the dress in a new size or that they cover the alterations cost of having it let out, since the shop recommended the wrong size.
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  • Jessica
    Rockstar September 2020
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    You look beautiful in the dress, but I definitely agree to make the shop correct it since it sounds like it was their issue. Definitely get the opinion of the seamstress first so you know what the options are when you talk to the store again. It doesn’t look like it’s a whole inch too tight so it might be able to be let out enough, but I wouldn’t do anything to the dress until you work something out with the shop. Good luck! Sorry you’re having to deal with this extra stress!
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  • Michelle
    Expert May 2021
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    Your dress is beautiful! It only looks tight on the buttons/loops, and only if I’m looking for it. You need to be comfortable! . I don’t think it needs to be let out a lot, it really looks like the fit it’s almost perfect! But there’s always some wiggle room In the dress so I’m sure you can get it let out, and have it be a bit more comfortable! Shame on the boutique for not listening to you!

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  • Marisa
    Rockstar May 2021
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    It looks really good on you! I would definitely consult with your seamstress to see if the fit is right or if it can/should be let out a bit. Best of luck on this and keep us posted Smiley smile

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  • Kristen
    Rockstar November 2020
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    Not sure if they told you but both times I went to DB the consultant warned me the dress I am trying on has been stretched out so the dress that will come in which has never been worn will fit tighter. So it may not be anything you or they did rather just new dresses fit tighter because it has never been worn esp by multiple brides. See what the seamstress can do. I doubt they will take the dress back but you can exchange a size up which could fit bigger on you.

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  • Rebelle Fleur
    VIP January 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    It’s definitely an issue that they have to fix. It really doesn’t look tight. It just looks like it fits you like a glove but if it’s making you uncomfortable and you need a team of people to get you in it I’d definitely tell them you need a size 6 and they measured you incorrectly.
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  • Julie
    VIP February 2020
    Julie ·
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    You can also add hook and eye closures so the buttons have some help. They're put on the inside so you wouldn't really see then. Those loops on the buttons look delicate, and while very pretty, strapless dresses need to be a bit tighter so you're not pulling it up all night. I'd wear it around the house for an hour at a time. Like maybe 3 times. It might ease out a bit. Mine did. It's a beautiful dress on you!
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    Dedicated February 2022
    Tiante ·
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    It looks to tight based on the way the buttons are stretching, maybe a seamstress can just replace the illusion lace to make for more space. Best of luck
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    You look gorgeous, but if you feel like it's too tight, then I agree you should take it back to the salon/alterations person and see what your options are, but I have a couple of thoughts. First, especially because it is strapless, it likely will need to be pretty tight to stay up where it needs to be, so while they can let it out a little, realize you then may have the opposite issue of it feeling like it's slipping down all day/night of your wedding. It really can be a very fine line between too tight and too loose. Second, I agree with pp about asking if they can insert some internal hook & eye type closures that will hold the two sides together, but take some of the stress off the elastic loops. Those loops WILL stretch -- so, especially if they are really tight to start with -- you need to account for the stretching that will occur. (When we picked daughter's dress up about a year before the wedding, they specifically warned us to NOT close the elastic loop buttons prior to the wedding to prevent the loops from getting stretched out. However, her dress had hooks and eyes at the waist and at the top of the back, so she could try [which she did MANY times during the year it was in our closet] the dress on without stressing the loops.) Third, if the bodice is loosened, realize you might then get some wrinkling below your chest -- right now that fabric is held tight so that doesn't happen. With daughter's dress, even though it was the correct size, she had to have a couple hundred dollars worth of alterations to get it super tight on her ribcage or the fabric kind of wrinkled.... Fourth, your dress will almost certainly stretch as you wear it, so take that into consideration with any alterations you consider. Finally, daughter's dress was shaped very much like yours and one thing we found is that we had to make sure the waist was hitting her at EXACTLY the right spot -- the absolutely most narrow spot. If it was even a half-inch too high or too low, there was no way I could get it to close. When it first came in, it fit her fine at the salon when her consultant closed the hooks. We came right home and she wanted to try it on again here, and I could not get it to close whatever I did.... We finally figured out that she had to stand up tall and take a deep breath in; in that posture I could make sure the dress was where it needed to be on her waist and I could then pretty easily close the other hooks. You definitely want to be comfortable, but it's important to realize that with a dress shaped like yours there is going to be some give and take in order for it to fit the way you'll want it to. You do look gorgeous in it! Smiley heart

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  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle ·
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    It looks really good though!
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  • Jasmine
    Devoted May 2021
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    Umm maybe it’s just me but it looks tight. Gorgeous dress btw, but yeah your back is a little red and the buttons are stretched. In the front it looks like bust of the neckline is stabbing into you skin. I would have had some strong words in hushed tones. They got you size wrong when they order basically. You always order a little bigger with wedding dress.
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  • Kari
    VIP May 2020
    Kari ·
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    It doesn't look bad, but if it feels uncomfortable or you feel like you can't move it in at all then it's probably too tight to be practical at least. It definitely doesn't look like you have any room - I'd worry about having a bloated day and trying to fit into the dress.

    Is it possible to re-order in a larger size? I would also speak with an experienced seamstress to see what they suggest. Good luck!

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  • Caitlin
    Savvy September 2021
    Caitlin ·
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    Yeah I couldn’t really breathe when the store owner got me in it and my mom couldn’t get me in at all. 😔
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  • Caitlin
    Savvy September 2021
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    Yes thank you! The front was stabbing my skin and it was red after having it on for 5 mins. I know it needs to be tight but this is tight to the point I don’t think anyone but the store owner would be able to shove me in. And they never had me try on a size 4 before ordering. I just figured that’s my size in regular clothes so it’d be ok.
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
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    I'd expect a good alterations person should be able to make it perfect for you. Even if it needs to be let out, it doesn't need to be let out by very much -- I'd guess that a size 6 would have been huge on you and required extensive alterations -- so try to relax and know the size 4 was probably the best option (once it's altered). Daughter's dress had decorative straps that were lace with beading (they offered no functional support at all...). When the dress first arrived, if she had it on for 5 minutes her shoulders were bright red and irritated by the straps -- so much so that she was really worried about being able to wear her dress comfortably. In alterations they did two things to fix that problem -- first, they lengthened the straps by no more than 1/2 inch (who would have thought a fraction of an inch could make much difference, but it did) and the second thing they did was to sew a soft nude-colored lining underneath the straps (it was completely invisible on the outside of the dress). Those small changes completely remedied the strap irritation. Your alterations person should be able to address each issue you're having -- from giving you just a bit more breathing room to fixing the dress so it doesn't irritate you. Every wedding gown can be taken in or out at least a bit -- generally the rule of thumb is 1-2 sizes -- so I'm nearly certain a good alterations person is going to make your dress not only look gorgeous, but be comfortable on you. Good luck! Smiley heart

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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
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    Aww I hope the seamstress can do something to make it more comfortable
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  • Caitlin
    Savvy September 2021
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    Thank you so much that makes me feel a lot better!
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  • Julie
    VIP February 2020
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    Oh noooo, bridal and street clothes can be anywhere from 1-3 sizes different! If you're a street 4 you convert that to a bridal 6 or 8, depending on your designer and proportions. You need to order to the largest part (so if you're generous in the chest order up 2 sizes). They can always take it in. This is industry standard. I would go to the store immediately. This isn't something anyone other than experts should be expected to know that. They messed up. They need to fix it for you and rush it at no additional charge.
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