General Question

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

Friend needs prom dress help, ASAP?

Asked by FrankHebusSmith (4316points) April 14th, 2009

So my friend is going to Prom in two weeks. She decided a bit back she was going to use a dress her older sister had in her closet (really nice dress), but she had to go get it resized to fit her. So she got it fixed up, and just got it back today, only to find that while it “fits” it’s a bit tight and actually makes it difficult to breath.

So she’s in a bit of a situation. My suggestion was to call the lady who did the adjustments and say “hey you messed up and I need you to fix this asap.” But apparently the lady is on vacation and won’t be back for a week.

Her options seem kind of limited. She’s concerned she won’t be able to get anyone else to fix it in time (or at all since they’d have to make it a bit bigger). She could go out and buy a dress, but again she’s concerned that she won’t be able to get any alterations done within the 2 week time limit.

Has anyone got suggestions? Advice? What have you?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

30 Answers

Response moderated
poofandmook's avatar

you can easily get a prom dress tailored within a week. I know, because my prom dress had to be taken down 4 sizes and it was done in less than a week.

Best bet is just to hit up the bridal stores and call every tailor you can find.

poofandmook's avatar

@SpatzieLover: No offense, but since SHE isn’t living in a tent city, I think she and her parents have the right to spend their money how they want. If they want to spend their money on a prom dress, they’re allowed to do so without a guilt trip being put on them.

casheroo's avatar

I would get second opinions on getting the dressed altered by another tailor, they may be able to fix it quickly.
Or, just go shopping for one!

@spatzielover i didn’t see any mention of money..

flameboi's avatar

it’s just a dress and is just prom… 2 weeks to fit in, diet and excercise, too lazy to do it, get a new one…

FiRE_MaN's avatar

im sure there are others who could fix it out there and for a reasonable price. from my knowlage of dresses and resizing they dont actually cut it they just like hem it. but what i know about dresses is incredibly small. and i bet she has dresses she has worn before that would do or her sister might have another dress… or even as a last resort another family member who is a woman o_O

YARNLADY's avatar

Post her request on
It’s very easy to register, and she will have multiple offers within one day of posting.

syz's avatar

This is a cheap way to go as long as she stays away from sharp objects (they’re balloons).

chyna's avatar

A local church here has a sign up saying they have prom dresses for free. People spend hundreds of dollars (yes, hundreds) on a dress they only wear once. It’s nice that they will give them away.

nromstadt's avatar

You should tell her to stop freaking out about a dress :) It’s just a high school dance in which girls spend way too much money on dresses and create a ton of drama over

YARNLADY's avatar

@nromstadt To us it’s just a high school dance, but to her it is apparently a very important thing. the question is not about judging the prom girl, it’s about helping her find a dress.

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

hahaaha Tell her yarnlady :)

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

I would take it to a dry cleaners that does alterations. Letting it out should be much easier than taking it in, and dry cleaners usually turn things around quickly.

YARNLADY's avatar

@AlfredaPrufrock Letting an altered dress ‘out’ in not easier, but if the original was done properly, it can be done. One problem can be the stitching from the previous work might show.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

@Yarnlady, True, it depends on the fabric and the style of the dress. Unless the dress is satin, the stitching should not show, and should press out with a steam cloth. I personally find letting out clothes that have been taken in to be easier than letting them out, for the very reason that it’s too easy to take in too much fabric, but when you let out you know you don’t need to let out the full amount, and any amount of easing will be an improvement to the fit. Generally, good alterations involving taking in dresses are done with a larger stitch, because the taking in is often a temporary alteration. For several years I sewed for a theater program, and have fitted a number of dresses.

YARNLADY's avatar

@AlfredaPrufrock Interesting. I always hate trying to let out things because you can end up with not enough fabric, while taking in that never happens. It’s always nice to meet another costumer.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

@Yarnlady, true, but in this case the dress went from too big to overaltered too small. Unless the alterations involved cutting the fabric, the dress can go back from too small to too big by undoing the stitching.

If a dress is too small in it’s unaltered state, it’s very difficult to make it larger, because women’s clothing generally does not have enough seam allowance to let the out fit out, and having to ease the fit out can be a real pain in the fanny.

YARNLADY's avatar

@AlfredaPrufrock I have often found that alteration professionals actually cut off the extra fabric when they take dresses in, unlike theater costume alterations.

elijah's avatar

As long as the dress is only a bit snug you can easily solve this problem. She can watch what she eats for two weeks. I’m not saying don’t eat at all, but skip the pizza, fries, and soda. It’s not a big deal if she wants to look amazing. The second thing to do is get the proper undergarment. For about 40 or 50 bucks she can get a body shaper which helps suck everything in and smooth out her shape. This is much cheaper than buying a new dress and can be used over and over.

YARNLADY's avatar

@elijahsuicide I wondered about that. If it is only “snug” then tight undergarments would help. However, a “corset” would probably cost more than a new dress. A totally liquid diet for several days, with her doctor’s permission might work.

elijah's avatar

@YARNLADY I’m thinking a corset would be too bulky. I’m suggesting something more along the lines of a lycra/spandex bodysuit, such as spanx.

galileogirl's avatar

In a lot of places they have the “Princess Project” and that might be what the earlier poster was referring to as free dresses. Check out if there is one locally and ask to make an exchange, the dress that doesn’t fit for one of their’s that will.

nromstadt's avatar

Thanks for all the advice.. I’m the friend, by the way :) My mom had her friend help figure out how it was taken in on each side and so she just let out one side, and now it’s just a bit big.. But no complaints here!

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Congrats! :-) But why did you say it was your friend in your question?

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

@toomuchcoffee911 Because I asked the question for her (she didn’t have fluther til last night).

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

@nromstadt, one common problem with fitting prom dresses is that they fit differently when you sit. She may be glad for that little extra room.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Oh! Oops, sorry, I got mixed up with names!

punkrockworld's avatar

She should take that dress, go to an alteration place and make it fit.

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther