(Closed) Alterations – how much can you let out a bust

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am not sure how much you can let out. I just know the alterations department at the bridal salon I bought from said it would cost $400, so I made sure to order the right size in the bust (the sample size fit my bust) and not risk having to let it out. 


In general depending on the neckline, it might look weird let out.  The neckline is made usually with a cup size in mind, and the bigger sizes proportions on the neckline reflect that. 


Good luck!

Post # 4
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My dress is 1 inch, but boobs are squishy and I’ve been known to stuff them in too small dresses. Not sure if I’d want the double boob or squished clevage look on my wedding though!

Post # 5
791 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It depends on how the dress is made. I had this same problem with a formal dress I purchased online recently. The semstress was able to take-out the bust about 3 inches. She said there was another inch or inch and a half in the zipper part.

Post # 7
8 posts

How much you can let out a gown is dependent on the dress and the fabric.  If the dress has not been altered before, there is typically about 1″ of extra fabric in each seam as well as the zipper area.  So, it depends on the number of seams and if it has been altered.  It also depends on if the seaming is straight.  Some designers use diagonal seaming for an architectural look (ex. Ulla Maija) – very difficult to alter.  Lastly, it depends on the fabric.  You can let out most gowns no matter what the fabric is, but some fabrics leave stitch marks (ie. satin and taffeta).  The easiest gowns to make larger by 4″ are lace gowns (lace stretches) with 4 seams.  

Post # 7
17 posts
  • Wedding: March 2016

i have the mori lee 1653 sample i purchased and then gained weight. i am now overflowing the bodice. has anyone been successful letting this dress’s bodice out. i know satin can be hard, showing original stitching. any hope? will shapewear help with back and front bodice overflow?

satin with rusching.

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