Help! Can I make my dream dress 2 sizes bigger???

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 6
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

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
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

Seams can be let out and a corset could be added.  It IS possible.

Post # 10
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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?

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