(Closed) alteration question

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

From memory it’s usually fine to alter down a dress that is up to two sizes larger than your size. Wedding dress alterations can be very expensive though (especially if you have a lot of lace/beading/details on the hem). For something like what you are asking about it could be $500 in alterations or more, depending on where you go. So just keep that in mind when you budget for your dress. It might be worth trying to get a ballpark quote from seamstresses in your area, although every one I talked to asked to see the dress before providing a proper quote.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

bellaxy:  It is a tricky thing to judge. Bear in mind that if you are quite short, the hem isn’t going to be the only thing that will be off balance with a standard dress. The waist, bust, etc. may also be calibrated for a taller person, which will mean that alterations will basically have to rip the whole thing apart and rebuild the dress to your exact size. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it means that it will be very tailored to your shape (and you might find you need to do it even with the smaller dress), but it will be pricey.

I didn’t make that many alterations to my dress (just changed the back and tightened up the hips) and it still cost me $350 from an independent seamstress.

Post # 5
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1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

I think it depends. My dress was sized down a lot due to losing 40 pounds. It had a lot of beadwork as well. I found an independent seamstress to alter it multiple times for 100 dollars and it was fantastic!

Post # 6
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5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

bellaxy:  In terms of price, I had mine altered down a size and it cost $250. 

Post # 8
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1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

bellaxy:  thank you!  Its a mermaid style dress. I’ll put the before and after photos (the before I had to lay on the bed and suck in to fit) and both photos without makeup or hair for true comparison then the final after altered photos because I love them (pro photos aren’t done just iPhone photos so far!). Hubs is sleeping so I’m on the bee lol!

before so awful!!!

at the shop and pinned!

Actual wedding photos!!!  Full disclsure I lost more weight due to nerves and had to pin the halter the day of lol!  The alterations shop was amazing they just didn’t plan on the way my body would react and me getting to put destination early so I couldnt do day of or day before alterations!

Post # 9
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1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

bellaxy:  I had to order my dress in a size up to accomodate my large bust, and had everything else taken in and shortened as well (I’m a shorty too!).  For those alterations, adding a bustle, cups sewn in, and steaming, it was around $215, which I thought was a very fair price.  Then again, my dress was fairly simple with lace with no intricate beading.

I would definitely check out Yelp to find all your local alteration shops, and see if they can give you a rough estimate.  That way you can compare prices and see if buying the cheaper dress is worth it.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Cost of alterations will really depend on the style of dress and materials. Size wise, I agree you should be fine. I had a (more than) 2 size difference between my chest and hips. My alterations, for a 7-layer dress with lace and beading, ran about $500. This included taking in the top (multiple times), doing a “butt tuck” and taking in the hips for a fit & flare look, and for bustle. 

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