Post # 1
Like many brides, I am hoping to save some money by buying a sample or used gown. I found a few that are styles I really love. The problem is that most samples are a size 12 or sometimes 10 and I wear a street size 2. Has anyone had experience with such dramatic alterations? Is this even possible? As a note, I am not interested in a dress with beading but love designs that incorporate late, in case these details affect the ability to alter. Thanks so much in advance for your advice.
Post # 3
Dramatic alterations end up making things quite difficult. Most alterations experts recommend re-sizing no more than 2 sizes. The thing is, when you alter a dress this much, you both change the structural integrity of the dress and the shape.
You’d have to go to a really skilled seamstress, and it’s going to cost a lot of money. Someone in the hive is paying $700 for dramatic alterations.
So ask yourself, is it worth the money that you save on a sample ?
Post # 4
yep, dont bother if the alterations are over the top you won’t save anything if it’s far too big for you; try to buy something closest to your size
I’m spending $700 for a size 22 to make it size 2; yikes beautiful gown but never thought it would be that much; I budgetted 375 for alterations but she has to deconstruct everything; even the cheaper seamstresses at the laundromats don’t want to touch it and said bring it to an expert; had I known I would have kept looking for soemthing closer to my size; I had bought it on sale at kleinfeld $599 and thought I was saving
aw well, I still love my gown and saved elsewhere in my budget; hope those cash cards come in hehehe
Post # 5
a sample dress size 10 is usually a street size 4 or 6, unless the designer sizes true-to-size, so it might not be as drastic as you are thinking.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman
I had trouble with this too. I bought my dress used. It was a "wedding dress size" 4/6 (it was custom made). I wear a 0 in wedding dress sizes. It needed MAJOR alterations to make it fit. We had to do a lot of fittings because the dress was essentially being reconstructed. Although the dress came out well in the end, I wouldn’t ever try to size something down more than that. If it had been a 6 or 8, I don’t think it would have worked out well at all.
Post # 7
i second that by the time you alter a dress down that much (assuming it’s physically possible for that particular dress) you won’t be saving much money. I would recommend buying a used dress in your size, or at least close to it. (Check out preownedweddingdresses, bravobride, oncewed, etc.). I bought mine off of bravobride and actually didn’t have to make any alterations other than adjusting the bustle!