(Closed) alterations help. needing let out

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: can this dress be let out 2 inches?
    yes of course : (3 votes)
    18 %
    no probably not. you better work your butt off to loose 15lbs : (7 votes)
    41 %
    i have no idea : (7 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
    23809 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @bestbuddies:  Why don’t you take it to a seamstress and ask? They’ll know best! 🙂

    PS Congrats on the weight loss! That’s awesome!

    Post # 5
    45627 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @bestbuddies:  I can’t tell from the pic-How many seams does the dress have? Most seam allowances are 5/8″. The stitching can really only be moved 1/4″ on each seam which gives you an additional 1/2″ per seam. If you have 4 seams-2 sides, centre back and center front- you can get 2 inches.

    Many bridesmaid dresses do not have a center front seam. If not, the seamstress might be able to put in a gore under the arm to get more room there.

    ETA just enlarged the pic. Because of the ruching around the waist, you wouldn’t be able to let it out at the centre front.


    Post # 6
    23809 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @bestbuddies:  Fair enough! 🙂  Good luck!

    Post # 7
    11239 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Likely not possible. Your best option is to have a seamstress add fabric that is as close as she/you can get it to either side of the zipper. Seams are never left with that much extra room (if any at all).

    Post # 8
    822 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    one of my bridesmaids got pregnant after ordering her dress.  she took it to a seamstress and had gussets put in.  the material was taken from the length of the dress.  it didn’t match exactly because the material was dupioni and had a slight texture to it so the textured part ran in a opposite direction.  it wasn’t very noticeable because it was on the sides. the other option would have been adding a corset back with a panel.

    my other bridesmaid ordered her street size despite me telling everyone to not worry about the label size because wedding and bridesmaids’ dress sizing were not the same.  the dress had to be let out at the seams.

    my little sister refused to be larger than a size 4 so would not order any size large than a 4.  the dress came and it was really tight but she lost the weight.

    so basically there are a few options: gussets, corset back, letting it out if there is adequate seam allowance (your seamstress will be able to tell you by looking at the seams), or losing the weight.


    Post # 9
    1448 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    maybe try spanx or some similar shapewear? That might let you get away with having to let the dress out since you’re so close.

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