Monday, March 9, 2009

the fitting

...was not what I expected. When I stepped out of the dressing room, it wasn't quite the "magical moment" I'd been dreaming of.

It's a custom made dress. It was my first fitting. There's supposed to be some tweaking...right? My seamstress is a rock star. I have full confidence that she'll pull the dress together exactly how I want it. But there is some work to be done.

E, don't you dare keep reading.
not kidding.

*photos are all linked to prevent fiance peeking!

She said she erred on the side of modesty and made the top with a LOT of coverage. One of my biggest fears with the neckline of my dress, was that my teeny little chest would be swimming in the space left for it. I want it fitted, sleek and tiny. It was not. It was also pretty lopsided. I think she saw that immediately when I put it on.

The custom back wasn't quite as low or wide as I wanted. I think this is probably a quick fix.

Lastly, the straps were too thick. (see first photo)

I'm sure I must've sounded like quite the bridezilla when I stepped out of the dressing room, with nothing but things that needed to be changed, but I was dissapointed that the dress didn't look exactly like i'd been imagining and I couldn't help but blurt it out.

It truly does have all the right elements though, and I know it'll turn into something beautiful!

And as BM Rae, and my sisters and mom said, "Katie, it's really not that bad!" (did I mention we got there right when she opened on a Saturday morning? we were armed with starbucks, but the sleepiness still shows)

Also, I did a pseudo make-up trial that morning. I felt like I was heavily coated. Sis K1 and Rae said it was barely noticeable. (And the only photo that barely shows the unnoticeability is an awkward mid-sentence, confused, dark, and shadow-induced double chin shot. Aren't you bloggers lucky I have no shame?)

In an effort to not be dissapointed again, and to let Richelle know how happy I am with the dress overall, I sent an email to her this morning thanking her for all her hardwork and sending her some more inspiration photos of the specific tweaks I wanted made.

Here are the photos I sent her:
Mrs. Cherry Pie
Romona Kaveza
Anne Barge

Here's to hoping it will all come out in the end. :-)


Jane said...

i think it is going to be gorgeous!! really for the first fitting, it looks amazing! just think how perfect it will be after a few tweaks!

TBB said...

It looks great already, so I know if the end it will be awesome! Can't wiat to see it evolve.

Bethany said...

Wow for the first fitting on a custom made dress its very pretty! I am sure you will get everything fixed and it will be beautiful :) Congrats, still waiting for mine to arrive ahh need more patience.

Margot said...

It must be so exciting to have your dress custom-made...I think it's going to look perfect on you!

AmyJean {Relentless Bride®} said...

That's a gorgeous dress!

hisMrs said...

Ahhhh! I have been waiting for an update on how this went. I seriously thought about you on Saturday. You look so gorgeous in it. I do agree with the lopsided boobage, but I am sure that she will have it perfect in no time. How exciting! Does it feel real yet?

melissa said...

Don't worry - now that you have the structure I am sure she can make all of the tweaks to get it perfect. I am amazed at what they can do. I also had a custom dress that was less than flattering when I initially tried it on. But now that all my fittings are done it fits and looks amazing. I am sure you will find the same.

LauraAnn said...

The dress is beautiful and once the changes are made that you requested it will be gorgeous! Hang in there! I can't wait to see what it looks like once the changes are made!

Ms Bear Cub said...

How nerve-wracking! I don't think this would qualify as any sort of bridezilla. You're paying her to do a custom alteration - you shouldn't have to settle. Don't worry, though, after a few more visits, I'm sure it will look just as you imagined it would :)

Brandy said...

I don't think you are being bridezilla-ish at all. She's a professional and you are paying her to make your dream dress a reality. No first fitting of a custom gown is going to look exactly like the end product, they always need tweaking and a bit more working. All the things you pointed out to her should be fixed next time you see the dress so don't worry. It's going to be beautiful!
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Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

I haven't seen your photos yet, but just a word of advice...

I kept quite alot at my fittings..., kept showing the seamstress the photo from the magazine of the top/bust area of the dress and thought she would understand that it DIDN'T LOOK LIKE THE PHOTO...

Well, I still love my dress, but everytime I look at my album, I wished I had just been more darned specific about what was wrong with it.

The key is to take charge! Good luck...

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