Post # 1
I’m looking at some dresses, and unfortunately, my bust size would require me to purchase a significantly larger size dress for the bust. Has anyone done this and had the waist and all other measurements taken in significantly with any success? I have for a prior bridesmaid dress I wore decreased by two sizes. I love this dress, but I cannot purchase it to adequately cover the bust without it being several dress sizes too large. Anyone had everything else taken in by several dress sizes?
Post # 3
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
@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
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?
Post # 6
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.