I know from personal experience that bridesmaid dresses can be a big headache for the bride … like when they don’t fit and a new dress must be procured right before the wedding. So since this was already bridesmaid dress #2, I was determined to make it work. Especially since the store that sells this dress isn’t located in the state of Arizona, and by the time my friend had purchased one for me in Iowa, changed the belt from blue to yellow, and mailed it to me, the season for them was past, and they weren’t in stores anywhere.
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: