Post # 1
I ordered my dress (which I adore) in late July, it will be ready for me in late January to begin fittings. Now, I was worried about cleavage because it’s a sweetheart neckline (I am kinda large up top and want to have full coverage) and so the woman suggested that I order one size up. Now, the dress fit me pretty well as a 12, though my hips and waist are more like a 10. And she had me order a 14. And of course that was pre-marathon training and I’ve already dropped 5 pounds and plan to drop 5 more.
I have been told over and over again that alterations people can work wonders on taking a dress in – but I need to ask the Hive because you guys KNOW this kind of thing – can they really take a 14 and make it a 10?
Post # 3
Absolutely!! They are professionals, they do this for a living!
I was told to order a size 10 because one of the measurements was on the cusp, so I agreed. When I brought it into the seamstress, I had already lost a few pounds and she flat out asked why I hadn’t ordered a 6 or 8? In hindsight I should have ordered the 8, but it was not an issue AT ALL. My dress fit like a glove on my wedding day and it looked perfect (imho). 😉
Post # 4
They totally can. However, it could be pricey depending on how complex the dress is. Things such as lace, beading, pleating, ruching and multiple layers will cause the price to go up and take more time.
Post # 5
they total can, but it can be pricey and it depends on the dress too!
I have heard that in order to do that, some dress has to be taken apart completely, and sewn back together, that can be pricey.
can you take good pictures of the seams and ask ur seamtress?
Post # 6
Get a good seamstress and you should be okay – It’s much easier for them to go down in size then you think. I’d get a quote on how much it would cost as well and ask them to put it in writing so you aren’t stuck with a crazy bill in the end.
Post # 7
Ok. I’m getting the message that it may cost me a pretty penny to look pretty, but at least I’m not going to end up totally screwed.
Thanks Bees. You guys always know the right things to say.
Post # 8
Yes! I bought a floor sample, which was two sizes too big for me, and the seamstress nailed the alterations in one shot. And fast, too! It shouldn’t be a problem for a pro. But yeah, it was expensive.