How many sizes can a sample dress be reduced? Could this be tailored to fit?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@laeuba:  I am no seamstress but my dress went from a size 12 to a size 4 and STILL some soo I think it can be done (but I am not a professional). I also bought a sample gown so my only advice is that so long as the BUST fits you it should be a fairly cost effective way to go about your wedding dress. With alterations my dress is STILL cheaper than if I ordered it for me and not off the rack. However the bust was too expensive for me to have altered so I will be doing some DIY on it to cover more. Here is the dress:

Post # 4
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@laeuba:  the general rule they like to say is 2 sizes- but PP was able to go down many more sizes!! So I would talk to a seamstress, first if you’re worried about it.  I really think it depends on the detail of the dress.  Know that you can go down 2 sizes- consult with someone about more.

Post # 5
6969 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Does the bust fit? My seamstress said that it is one of the most problematic areas since they’re usually so structured. But I personally wouldn’t buy the dress without actually showing it to a seamstress. The sales girls always say you can alter anything, but how much will it cost…?

Post # 6
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

How many sizes?  I see that the back of your dress takes a dramatic plunge starting at the side seam.  Just know that this part will look different or you may end up having to add fabric if you want to keep that same look.  The front and back should look the same, though.

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