Although I had measured myself and picked the closest measurements online, the dress was gigantic. But, better too big than too small!
In the end, I ended up shortening the straps by an inch each, and taking it in an inch on each side. Here's how I did it step by step, in case you have a dress in your closet in need of shrinkage:
1. Turn the dress inside out, and put it on. Zip it up to give you an accurate fit.
|My in-laws have a full wall mirror in their bathroom, hence the lovely toilet in the background.|
2. Pin the excess fabric along the side seams, under your arms. Having a mirror to look into while doing this helps!
Repeat on the other side.
Now the straps are short enough, but where you made a new seam across the shoulder is kinda bulky, see?
So chop off the old seam, and zig zag, serge, or fray check the edges, like so:
(That's me with my back turned towards the photographer.)
Wedding photos taken by Haley Rustvold.
It's that easy! I hope these steps help you give new life to a dress that's too big. Happy altering!