When we last chatted about my wedding dress I mentioned that I had the teeny tiny problem that it didn’t zip up. Somehow or other by chest had inflated 2 inches in the last few months when I wasn’t looking? After that I watched what I ate, hit my bikini boot camp classes in the rain when no one else (save for one other lady) showed up and it was paying off. A few pounds lost and half an inch from my chest. But it was too late. I tried my dress on again a month away from the wedding and the zipper was still a good 1.5 inches away at the top.
My mom told me to stop worrying about losing the inches and just take the dress in for alterations. I called the dress shop up at 6:30 pm on a Friday and sheepishly asked if they had an appointment for the next day. And I even more sheepishly said the wedding is in July. Luckily I was able to get in at 4:00 pm the next day. Phew, I was lucky because I almost left it too late.
The seamstress was really nice. She ripped apart a seam near the zipper but there wasn’t enough seam allowance to allow us to let it out. Taking the zipper out and changing it to a corset back is simple enough so that is the direction we decided to go. (Sigh, I’m going to miss you zipper with pretty little buttons overtop…) I had enough silk left over from my hair flower so I brought it in, in case the seamstress wanted to use it for the modesty panel. I also brought the miscellaneous bonus pieces from my dress in case they could help and I think she contemplated using parts for the lace up.
After the zipper was replaced with a corset back the chest was too large (oh the irony)! They had to take it in now, but I also had to switch out from my bust minimizing strapless bra for something that wouldn’t smoosh the girls down quite so much – the Victoria’s Secret Biofit 7 Way Bra. I also picked up a pair of Spanx Simplicity Panties so I wouldn’t have to worry about sucking my tummy in all the time during photos.
After two rounds of alterations my dress was ready to pick up just a couple of days before Mr. Gazelle and I had to leave Calgary. I was so lucky that they were able to make all of the alterations in time. If I have any advice, if you are worried that your dress won’t fit, don’t put it off. Just get it altered. I feel beautiful in my dress and I’m happy with the changes that were made to it. Now I can’t wait to wear it!!Did you have a dress fitting conundrum? How did you handle it?