(Closed) Alterations – Which is easier?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which is easier?
    Let out by 1 size : (10 votes)
    36 %
    Take in 3 sizes : (18 votes)
    64 %
    Buy both and pray one works : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    18645 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Altering by fewer sizes is usually easier.  Most dress makers leave enough slack to go up a size.  If you start altering down multiple sizes, you mihjy lose the shape of the dress.

    Post # 4
    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I think it depends on the dress.  Some dresses are made in such a way that there is not enought extra material to let them out, but you can almost always take a dress in.  I recently took in a bridesmaid dress 6 sizes and it came out great.  My Maid/Matron of Honor, who works at a dress shop, told me a lot of dresses are made to be a little bigger than the natural size.  So make sure you try it on if hyou can, because it may be close enough to work as is if you’re lucky.  

    My vote, size a dress down.

    Post # 5
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    Is that an 8 in street size or bridal sizes?

    If street, I say go with the 14, because that’s more like a size 10-12 in street sizes.

    If your bridal size is a 8, go with the smaller one. You can always get a corset put in back to make it looser.

    Post # 6
    233 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’d gamble on the smaller size and hope I either lose enough weight to squeeze into it, or that I could alter it to make it work.  (Apart from letting it out, you may be able to add a corset if it doesn’t already have one, giving you some breathing room up top.)  A lot of it depends on the material, how much there is to work with, and the shape of the dress.

    Three sizes too big may not just be too wide, but may hit you in the wrong places as well (especially in the bust area if it’s a sweetheart.)

    Post # 7
    11343 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I have no knowledge of how far a dress can be let out, but I do remember the salon where I purchased my gown telling me that a bridal gown usually can only be taken in two sizes. 

    As some others indicated above, bridal sizes tend to be MUCH smaller than street sizes, so most people I know, including myself, have had to go up about two sizes in bridal to have a dress that fits us properly. 

    Post # 9
    1272 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Can you give us an idea of what the dress looks like or what style it is? 

    If we can see the dress we might be bale to give you better advice 🙂

    Post # 10
    1093 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Letting it out one size should be doable, but if you’re buying used make sure you know whether it’s already been altered! If it was a 6 and made smaller for the last bride, it’s a BIG gamble, whereas the 14 if it was altered down a bit might be a better bet.  Most brides buy bigger rather than smaller and take in, so make sure you ask questions and have a backup plan.

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