If the dress does not have sufficient fabric in the seams....one alternative is to add some "V" shaped inserts under the arms, and/or in the back in a neutral color matching fabric.... I had this done for my dress for my sister's wedding many years ago!! And, it didn't cost that much really....
I know the trend many times now is that the Bridesmaid dresses don't really match anyway, so if you can pick up a fabric from one of theirs or that matches the pattern of the Brides material (if her dress is patterned some) it will look lovely. And depending on the style of the wedding and dresses, a bow with several flowing ribbons down your back would cover the zipper area if an inset is put into it..... Its in the back, and trust me...its unlikely anyone will notice, because all eyes are on the Bride.....!! If anyone asks...just tell them there was a mixup, and the wrong size dress came, so an insert made this one fit nicely. (No need to elaborate further!!)
In any case, don't get down on yourself....Just file this in the Things Happen category and go enjoy the wedding!
PS--Congrats on your 91 pounds lost!! AMAZING and INSPIRING!!!
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 6/28/2013 (22:46)
"Its not the Mountain ahead that wears you out, but the grain of sand in your shoe..."
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