(Closed) Alterations Question

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m pretty sure a good seamstress can alter just about anything.

You should definitely take the dress to a real seamstress, and ask them.

Post # 4
46451 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It depends on where you are short the 2″.

If it is below the bust, it is easier. It also depends on whether the back is corset or zipper.

There are usually 3 seams- 1 on each side and 1 down the middle of the back.

In order to gain 2″ you need enough fabric to be able to let it out 2/3″ on each seam.

That means moving the seam a distance of 1/3″ on each seam to gain the 2/3″.

If you haven’t already purchased the dress, ask the seller what the seam allowance is, and take your pic to a seamstress and ask them.

Post # 5
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m in the exact same situation.  I only needed an inch for my dress to fit in the rib cage area but there still wasn’t enough seam allowance.  My seamstress added a gusset and will put the lace appliques over the top of it to blend in with the rest of my dress.  I just had my third fitting on Saturday and so far, the gusset part looks great (she actually needs to take the dress IN now).

Your wedding is getting close – I would take it to a good seamstress so you can get a realistic idea of whether it can be taken in or not.  Like PP said, it also depends on whether you have a corset back.  If you don’t already have a corset back, one can be added and that could be enough for your gown to fit.  I really loved the buttons down the back of my gown so I wanted to try everything else first (which is why I went with the gusset).

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