Post # 1
Hey everyone! First post here 🙂
I am wondering if anyone has done the crazy and had a dress altered down from a size 14 to a size 8 (or some similar jump). I found the dress (Wtoo Emerson) that I LOVE, but it’s out of my price range new ($1300+). Found a sample for $700 in a size 14, but I’m more a size 8.
I’ve called a few seamstresses, and some are wary, and one is keen to give it a whirl. I talked to a family friend who is a seamstress and she gave me some pointers and areas she would stay away from if she was altering.
I just want someone in the same boat previously to give me some comfort, if they can at all! Should I do it? Should I bite the bullet and buy it new? Or take the altering chance?
Post # 3
I think it can be done. I would def take it to a very experienced seamstress to make sure the detail isn’t lost with such a big alteration. Let us know how it turns out.
Post # 4
Yes! It can be done. I had a size 18 altered down to an 8. I wanted to change the skirt from a very fitted mermaid to a slim A-line. The seamstress had me order a size 18 so she would have enough material to make the skirt A-line out from my hips. She had to take the waist and bust in by over 7 inches.
I go for my third fitting tonight. I have lost weight since my last fitting so she will probably have to take it in even more but I am not worried. A skilled seamstress can do just about anything.
Post # 5
@misssara where do you live, by chance? if you’re close to me, i want to go to your lady! 🙂 also, how much did that cost? I got quoted a really low price, and it worried me a bit!
Post # 6
Yes – it can be done! I have a size 10 sample altered down to a 4ish (probably a 2-top and a 4 or 6 hips!)
Post # 7
My dress was taken down 3 sizes, and it looks great! It also has a lot of beading and intricate lacework, so it took some time, but now you’d never be able to tell it had originally been so much bigger 🙂
Post # 8
Although it can probably be done – make sure you find out about the cost. If it is super labor intensive it could be expensive and that could hike up your budget quite a bit.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2013 - Lake Taghkanic State Park
From what i’ve heard most seamstresses won’t do much over a few sizes, but you should really look into the cost. To undertake an alteration that drastic might end up costing you almost as much as it would be to just buy the dress in your size…
Post # 10
@lcincala: my seamstress did that exactly! my bust apparently was too big to get a “regular” sized dress, so i ordered plus size 14, and she brought it down to a “regular” 8 with NO problem!
Post # 11
I’m in the process of altering a size 10 to a size 0! The dress I fell in love with was a sample, and a discontinued dress. The seamstress was awesome about it and I’ve had 2 fittings so far and it’s coming along GREAT!
Post # 12
i am, exactly those measurements but in NZ sizes, its about 3 sizes too big for me. just ask the seamstress if it can be done or not cos some dresses lose their shape etc but mine will be ok because of the dress style it is.
Post # 13
my dress was ordered at a size 16, and i had to have the top and waist taken in to a size 10… but it was a ballgown so there wasn’t much to do with the skirt. The bodice was ruched tulle, so while it was pretty easy to mask any imperfections