PLEASE HELP! Alterations ~ Size 15 to 2???

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

My bridal consultant told me that gowns can be altered no more than three sizes down. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It depends on the design and complexity of the dress but in most cases it’s very difficult to alter more than 2 sizes down without destroying the design.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

My sister had hers taken in from a 10 to a 2. But that’s three sizes.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Lindsayfaith:  the front neck will still be too wide if she takes it in from the sides. It won’t be worth the hassle.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Lindsayfaith:  It can, but it would be tough. The gown would have to be taken apart, re-cut, and completely reconstructed. I used to be a seamstress, and I still tailor my own clothes, and I’ve done that a few times (I’ve taken in an evening gown I bought at Goodwill from a 14 to a 00, and it fits me like a dream now). It’s a lot of work, though, and it would probably be pretty expensive.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you can alter just about anything, but keep in mind that the costs for altering a dress that significantly would probably cost as much as buying the dress new.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think it may depend on the type of dress, but with mine specifically it was done. I wore a Marisa 866 Mermaid-style dress this January. I weighed 165 when I ordered the dress, they ordered me a bridal size 14. By my wedding day, I weighed 130 and it was tailored to fit me as a bridal size 2/4. I had 4 dress fittings and I lost significant amounts of weight in-between each fitting, so although my seamstress wanted to kill me, it WAS possible. I don’t suggest it, and I don’t know how my seamstress managed to do it, but she managed to alter it without hurting the quality or losing any details on the dress.

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