Any extreme alterations out there? is size 10-4 extreme?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My dress was a size 8 altered down to a 00ish. I had go this route to accommodate my larger chest-if k had ordered my.true size it would.never have fit over my boobs and didnt want a ton of cleavage showing. I’ll try to post pictures later as I’m on my phone but it came out absolutely perfect. I also had a super fitted and very tailored style with many seams and no one could tell that it had been heavily altered.

Post # 3
481 posts
Helper bee

A hobby of mine is finding nice clothes at Goodwill/other thrift stores and tailoring them to fit me (I love sewing and once worked as a seamstress). I’m a size 00, plus I often wear corsets and have a 17″ waist in them – that makes for some *crazy* extreme alterations! Probably the most extreme I’ve done was cutting an evening gown down from a size 12 to fit me. I made a little handbag from the extra fabric, which would be such a cute idea to use excess fabric from a wedding gown – a little keepsake! 

Sorry for the rambling! Anyway, extreme alterations are usually possible, at least when you’re sizing down. You take the entire garment apart and make a whole new pattern, so your gown is completely custom.

Post # 4
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Future.Mrs.Stone:  that’s totally possible! My friend bought her dress when she was pregnant and she altered her dress after having the baby, they altered it down like 5 sizes and it turned out great! you couldnt tell it had been altered at all. Just find a seamstress with good reviews!

Post # 5
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Future.Mrs.Stone:  it’s possible if the dress doesn’t have a lot of structuring. If it has a lot of boning, it might need a lot more work and would be expensive. That being said, I’ve had a bridesmaid dress altered from a 10 to a size 4, the only thing wrong with it was the bust was a bit big, but we sewed cups in. A good seamstress should know just by taking a look at it.

Post # 6
12875 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most likely possible for most styles.  Mine was a wedding dress size 10 and was altered to a street size 2. 

Post # 7
705 posts
Busy bee

Totally mine was a 12 went down to a 6. 

Post # 8
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

It really depends on the dress. On some dresses this is a major reconstruction, on some it’s not a big deal. Make sure you are working with an experienced dressmaker or seamstress that you trust! And it wouldn’t be a bad idea to talk to a few to hear different opinions; each seamstress will tackle the problem a slightly different way, and you may get some interesting insights from talking to more than one person. 

Post # 9
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It is possible, I would suggest talking to a seamstress to see what she can do for you! Most dresses can be altered down this far.

Post # 10
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

very possible. just take it apart and get (or make) a pattern and sew it bake together.

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