What would you do in this situation?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: I would...
    Purchase the sample dress and take it from a 12 to a 00 through alterations for $1500 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Purchase the made to order dress in my size for $3000. : (37 votes)
    74 %
    Other, explain in comments : (11 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    3007 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    What’s the price of the dress?

     

    ETA: Shoulda read the poll.. Can we get a pic of the dress?

    Post # 4
    Member
    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @musician32992:  I’d order it in the correct size about a year out from your wedding. Your size may change in that time with the stress of planning, etc. I haven’t had alterations yet but I would not think taking it down that many sizes plus anything else (hemming, etc) would not be cheap. Plus, if you alter a dress too much it can ruin the shape/flow of the garment.

     

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @musician32992:  While I can certainly appreciate a good deal I fear that this one might come back to bite you. 

    Putting aside the fact that your taste may change and another dress might come along between now and when you are actually engaged to alter a dress so dramatically will basically require them to cut a new pattern into your dress and remake it. This is a lot of work and I would fear that the original look and feel that you want of the dress might not translate with a local seamstress.

    If I were in your shoes I would wait.

    Post # 8
    Member
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @musician32992:  I would NOT mess around making a dress 12 sizes smaller, especially if there’s ANY beadwork/detailing. They would essentially have to take it apart and re-sew the ENTIRE dress.

    You can alter a dress at minimum cost that is 2 sizes too big, at huge cost if it’s 4 sizes too big, but anything bigger than that and it’s just not worth it. The actual design could be compromised.

    Post # 9
    Member
    3693 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Street sizes don’t equal bridal dress sizes. However, you’d still probably be only a 4/6 at most depending on the designer, and there’s no way I’d want to try and alter down a size 12 that much. Especially since it’s a sample and has probably been really stretched out. Especially if you’re not engaged, I would wait to buy the dress in your size.

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @musician32992:  I wouldn’t be surprised. Lace is difficult and precise. From a 12 to a 00 is very dramatic. If it were a size or two I might say go for it but this is just too much.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Can you even take in a dress 5 sizes?  I thought it was about 2 sizes you could go down with alterations?

    Post # 13
    Member
    901 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I think you are better off waiting. My first thought was that it would cost you roughly the same with alterations for the sample gown.

    I bought my dress in October for my wedding which is two years out. I feared that my dress preferences may change but that was a chance I was willing to take. Once I tried my gown on, I knew it was the one. Granted, mine fit me perfectly and I won’t have to have alterations so it was a pretty easy decision.

    Post # 14
    Member
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @musician32992:  I would be suspicious of a salon telling you they could alter the sample that much.  I would be concerned they just wanted to make the sale.

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