Post # 1
hi bees! I need some advice!! I FINALLY found my dress after months of searching but the price has gone up $800 in the last 12 months so its really hard not to feel ripped off. The dress now costs $2750 not including alterations. Anyway, I found the dress pre-loved for $800 but it is 2 sizes too small. The dress has a zipper back . I wondered if any bees had successfully altered a dress to be 2 sizes bigger? or should I move on from this dress?
Post # 2
ne11y23: Where is it tight? Is it tight all over? A seamstress would be able to tell you for sure in regards to available seam allowances, etc. One way to get more room is to replace the zipper back with a lace-up back.
Post # 3
I am going to preface this by saying I know nothing about sewing, alterations.. anything. BUT my dress was too small after a ‘bit’ of weight gain. I needed to have it taken out and she was able to take it out 2 full sizes. My is a corset back – don’t know if that makes a difference.
Post # 4
ne11y23: It depends on the dress. Some styles are easier to alter than others. Some designers have larger seam allowances than others. Changing a zipper back to a corset back can work in some cases.
Is this a dress you are able to try on in person, so you could count the vertical seams and measure the seam allowances? Or are you looking online?
Post # 5
julies1949: I tried the dress on in person and it was not close to zipping so I went to the store where the dress was from and couldnt justify the price. So I could go back and have another look. From memory there are 2 side seams either side of the bodice. I am aware of the trick of turning the back into a corset style but wondered if its possible to add fabric to the side seams? Thanks for trying to help. I should add that the skirt is a-line so no dramas there… its just the bodice.
Post # 6
i doubt there is enough material in the seams for 2 sizes, so a corset would be your best option. If you go the route of adding material to the sides, IMO it’s gonna clearly look like panels that were added.
Post # 7
Dresses can be let out 2 sizes, but proceed at extreme risk. Count the number of seams – each seam should have an inch in it. But also factor in the cost to do this… Also you could convert s zipper back into a corset back which would close the gap – also an additional alterations fee.
Post # 8
I can’t imagine that in most situations you could do that successfully but I’m no seamstress… Maybe there IS enough fabric to work with if it’s never been altered before. But 2 sizes is a lot when you’re talking about letting something out.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
Seams can be let out and a corset could be added. It IS possible.
Post # 10
I ordered a preowned dress and it ended up being too small. I have a seamstress working on it to let it out. It’s going to be tricky because the previous owner’s seamstress was pretty crappy and didn’t do a good job, but she thinks she can handle it. Mine is a zipper back that just barely zipped and was tight on the hips. We’ll see how it looks when I go for a fitting! She quoted me $250 to alter it, but said it would actually be more expensive to alter a bigger dress in the same style down. If it is local to you, maybe you could ask the owner to come with you to a seamstress and see if it would be possible before committing to buy?