OMG…the bridesmaid is pregnant and we already purchased the dresses!
As soon as you know you are pregnant, consult your local seamstress to arrange the future alterations. With some bridesmaid dresses, the manufacturer may have used the same fabric exterior and interior as lining. If this is the case, you are in luck. You can use the fabric from the inside skirt and replace it with a closely matching lining fabric. No one will be the wiser.
If a purchase is required, locate similar fabric at your local fabric store using your seamstress' yardage recommendation, or have her do this for you. This fabric should match the dress as closely as possible. Dating this blog at March 2014, expect to pay about $30.00 for one yard. Information on the dress tag will tell the manufacturer, the color number and type of fabric you need. This option may be a little expensive added to the cost of the dress because the manufacturer will most likely only sell a minimum one yard. If only a small amount is needed ask your Bride to help with the cost; she may be able to use the leftovers and add perfectly matching decorations to the reception venue.
We highly recommend ordering the manufacturers fabric if the pregnant bridesmaid will be 8-9 months along on the wedding The alteration could be a length of fabric inserted from the armpit to the hem on each side. This method is surprisingly easy and not really noticeable since the maids are usually viewed from the front or back.
6 months along may take a lot less fabric! At this point, the dress may be 1-4 inches to small at the bust and 1-3 inches at the waist. A "v" shaped panel can be added to the back of the dress, or at each arm pit. Depending on the fabric match, this alteration can be barely noticeable at all. Most of these alterations can be easily returned to the original size after the pregnancy if desired.
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