Alterations: How many sizes can one take down a dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve always heard that it’s two sizes in either direction.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I know it’s less than four.  I have to sell my original wedding dress rather than use it for my vow renewal because it’s about four sizes too big now and was told by a few seamstresses that I can’t take it in that much.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

2 sizes down, up depends on how much fabric is left behind.  Technically, the seamstress could take all the seams apart, cut it down and put it back together, but that’s functionally a brand new dress.  You really risk the structure at that point.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Are you a size 2-4 bridal? If that’s your street size you’re fine. I’m a street size 0-2, size 8 bridal. I wouldn’t alter down beyond 2-3 dress sizes or you lose the structure.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mine is a size 8 and being altered to size 2 without any problems. I think with the bodice of that dress it may look off if altered too much.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@peaseblossom:  Have you tried it on in person? While a bridal 10 is a “real” size 4-6, I would be WAY worried about the cups not fitting right… Unless you’re fifted in the chest, or maybe want some extra coverage?

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MariContrary:  Also, I can’t imagine how expensive that would be in terms of alterations.

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