(Closed) Alterations advice on a ball gown

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ktfay10:  Hi. I’m on my cellphone so I can’t post any pictures. I had a ballgown for my wedding with heavy beading on my corset (Alfred Angelo Belle Dress, I’ve also posted pics before). My corset was taken in bc it was too large and I ordered the smallest size possible. The seamstress that works at Alfread had experience with altering the Belle dress so had no problems doing it. She unstitched the beads and unstitch other thread work on the dress, took it in and replaced the beads and stitch work and you wouldn’t be able to tell there was any work done. 

While I can’t provide much more help, I’ll suggest considering

1) Do you gain and lose weight easily? If u think the 1inch at the waist can be lost, go with the smaller size. I know it’s easier to take in a dress (lots more room to play with) vs letting a dress out (although it could be done). 

2) Does that bridal salon have a on site seamstress? What I did was make an appt when I knew the seamstress would be in and ask her questions and told her my concerna before I bought the dress

3) not sure about the pleats and skirt problem you mentioned so I can’t helps there but I’m sure a good seamstress can work with it. 


Good luck! Gorgeous dress!

Post # 4
2180 posts
Buzzing bee

@ktfay10:  I’m not a seamstress, but I have had a dress altered, and I think if you go with a good seamstress things will turn out just fine. As far as I know, the clips are just to get a rough idea of how things will look when you’re trying it on. I’ve never had a seamstress use clips on me. The seamstress should be able to pin the dress and take it in appropriately so that it looks the way it is supposed to look. If you’re nervous about the skirt folding over, let the seamstress know at the first appointment and maybe she can even see what that looks like. Then she can assure you that she’ll take the dress in properly.

I’ve also never tried on wedding dresses, but I would hazard a guess that it is quite possible that a sample dress could be stretched out a bit by being tried on many times and stretched to fit all sorts of sizes. I have witnessed this happen with shoes that are tried on frequently in retail stores. Again, I don’t know whether it happens with wedding dresses, but it seems logical that it could/would, so I would go with the dress that matches your size measurements. It’s better to have it be taken in a little more than to have it let out because part of it doesn’t fit.

Post # 5
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@ktfay10:  Hopefully I can help you out since I used to be a bridal stylist and helped many brides decide on a size for their dress. Sorry wall of text incoming. 

You are right about the size 6 sample being stretched out. Over time the seams and the fabric stretch from being tried on by so many brides especially if there aren’t any larger samples available. I always recommend getting the dress to fit your largest measurement because you can always take it in. An inch difference may not seem like much, but if you generally don’t lose weight in your waist or are stressed and aren’t able to lose it in general you are putting a lot of undue stress on your self to fit into your dress. 

For your first question: There shouldn’t be any issues with the beadwork and other detailing if you are using an experience seamstress. As a previous poster mentioned you should ask if they have an in-house seamstress as these ladies are very experienced with doing the specific dresses in the store. 

For your second question: I think you may have a misconception as to how this dress will be altered unless the salon told you differently. Dresses are almost always altered in the side seams not in the back at the zipper. That way they don’t have to move the zipper around. Taking it in at the sides will not have the same bunching that you are seeing with the dress clipped in the back. Adjusting the side seams also helps to maintain the proper look and style of the dress. If you take it in from the back you risk moving the bust toward the armpits if that makes sense. 

I hope this helps! If you have any other questions please let me know!

Post # 6
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Get it so it fits in the waist… It’s easy to take a dress in. It’s hard to let it out!

Second you may be happier with the skirt once you add a crinoline or small hoop.

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