(Closed) Advice needed: how much can a wedding dress be taken in??

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think a lot of it depends on the style and what’s on your dress-beading, boning, lace, etc. Do you have a pic?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

My dress was a 10 or 12 and I took it down to a 0/2 perfectly. Just find a good seamstress who specializes in bridal alterations. Mine dress is silk with some lace overlay. One of my girlfriends had her 12-layer lace and beading dress taken from a 12 to a 4 and it looked perfect too.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My dress is a size 10 — and I think it’s a real size 10, not a "wedding dress" size 10 — and I am a size 2/4. I bought it because it was on massive discount and I was assured by the saleswoman that it could be taken in (and up, as it’s way too long for me). The seamstress agrees with the saleswoman; she told me that making it fit me should be no problem, even though she’ll have to shorten the lace overlay with scallops on the bottom that goes over the skirt portion of the dress (apparently she’ll remove the decorations, shorten the lace, and then replace the decorations). You should be able to get your dress taken in — you just probably won’t be able to have that done inexpensively. Be prepared to pay for an expert seamstress/tailor who is very experienced in wedding dress alterations.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

It really depends on the dress. Maybe you should take a picture of the dress to a local seamstress and see what they say.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Can you post a pic of the dress?  I’d say, if there is no ruching at the bust and it’s a fairly straightforward silhouette, probably not an issue.  Maybe you could take a photo to a seamstress before purchasing it?

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Not being a seamstress or anything and not having the experience of taking in a dress of mine that much I can’t comment on that aspect of your question but I just wanted to tell you that I think that dress is so pretty! I love it. I hope my reception dress is something like that.

I vote for buying it if taking it in is okay.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hmmm…I’d definitely take a photo to a seamstress first.  Both of these dresses have complicated bustlines.  Taking them in will mean moving the cups closer together for the Cabo.  And possibly removing a pleat for the La Paz.  Unless you have an unusually broad chest, this doesn’t really depend on how big chested you are…just how far apart your breasts are.  Ususally for smaller people they are closer together…You might investigate what the chest size is for the size 10, and how it compares to yours.  If it’s similar (e.g. you are 34 and the dress is also) htne no worries.  Otherwise ask your seamstress/tailor a lot of questions about how s/he’ll do it beforehand. 

I’m *super* picky about fit, By The Way, so having the cups be disproportionately far apart would bother the heck out of me.  I spend a lot of time and money at the tailor for nitpicky details like these.  I guess if something like that wouldn’t bother you, maybe it won’t be an issue.  The rest of both dresses seem pretty doable to me.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

I bet anything a seamstress worth her salt can alter either one of those to fit you…And a bridal size 10 is really like a street size 6, so it would be big on you but not like, outrageously so…I am in the same sitch, bought my size 10 dress at a sample sale, I’m a size 0 but the in-house seamstress said it would be no problem to alter it to fit me….it IS however, going to cost btwn $400-500, which is annoying but oh well….good luck, let us know what you decide to do!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I think your first step is to find a seamstress and talk to her/him about this.  My dress arrived 2 sizes too big (I lost weight), and it was a total headache.  I used the seamstress who was affiliated with the bridal salon and it was a mistake.  I don’t know anything about sewing, so I was stuck taking her word on the dress and she said that she couldn’t take it in from the sides, only at the zipper.  As a result, the dress was tight in some places, too loose in others and I was pretty unhappy with the result.

I’d check around to see what seamstresses think to determine if the dress can be altered.  Make sure you choose someone with whom you feel comfortable and you can get refrences on!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

That would depend on your seamstress. I am having my dress altered from a 26 to a 14, but not all seasstresses would be comfortable with such drastic alterations. However, your dress requires less sizing, so I definitely think it can be done.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

A good seamstress can do anything … for a price.

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