(Closed) Alterations down-sizing significantly

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1337 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Two sizes should not pose any problems for a skilled seamstress. My first dress was two sizes too big and the last that did my alterations had no problem making it fit correctly. Would love to see what you have chosen!

Post # 4
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Pallura1:  I was told that a dress should not be attemted to be taken in more then 3 sizes. So if you are small and want to purchase a sample, you have a hard job ahead. Not to make you feel too bad…I am in the same boat. I already purchased a dress and now have to sell it because the alterations will cost more then the dress (it’s 4-5 sizes too big). 

Although if you are going with a bigger size I would say get a very very simple dress…easy cut and fit. 

Post # 5
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I was told that, generally speaking, a dress can be taken in two sizes without losing the “essence” of the dress. My advice would be to look at the dress with the person who is doing your alterations to see if there would be any hiccups (beading, ruching, etc.) that would prohibit it being taken in.  Many of the shops I visited did not do alterations in the store, but they recommended a couple of people– if that’s your situation, see if you have someone meet you at the store and explain the situation?


Good luck!!!

Post # 6
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

My dress is being taken in from size 12 to size 4-6. I found an awesome seamless, and she said it is not an issue, can always take in. my dress is complicated trumpet style. She is also cutting the hem, inserting bra cups and raising the neckline for a bit less then $300 total.

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