I think I have found THE dress, but some major alterations needed

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
11227 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did not have to do that, but, from everything I have read, it is fairly easy to alter a wedding gown by two sizes.  More than that may prove to be difficult, however.

Post # 3
2765 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

joymond:  I think it could be done – a few Bees on here have done it.

My concern is that it would be quite expensive to do. Would it not be easier to find a dress that has all of your requirements?

Post # 5
215 posts
Helper bee

joymond:  I would continue…you could even raise your budget since you would be paying 50% more if you altered this one.

This actually reminded me of my BFF’s dress. She changed the sash to a sparkly one. You could get it to be a bit more full with a crinoline.  She got it as a sample for $800


Post # 6
2765 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

joymond: Here are a couple of possibilities:


Stella York

The other possibility is Casablanca. Their dresses are customisable when you order them, so you could have a sweetheart neckline or button back added to a dress in the right size, rather than one two sizes larger.

Post # 8
552 posts
Busy bee

joymond:  I don’t know if the bust would look good being taken down 2 sizes – would they have to put in many darts (a bit like a seam) ? That’s something that might influence your decision.

I’d definitely get more of a sweetheart neckline but changing the corset-style to buttons might not be worth it. Maybe you could find a similar dress, if you ask other Bees if there’s a similar one that has a zipper back?

Post # 9
986 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

joymond:  I’m not sure if you bought a dress yet, but this showed up in my “related topics”. I am changing my dress from a corset back to either buttons or zipper w/ buttons. I bought it off the rack two sizes too big and had originally wanted buttons anyway. I went to multiple different seamstresses to see who could do all of my alterations (adding sleeves and beading too). All 4 of them quoted $100 for the back closure change and all of them said it’d be a very simple fix. The switch will take care of 90% of the sizing issues too.

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