(Closed) Altering a larger dress…how low can you go?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If it is a really simple gown, you can probably go down quite a bit, but generally, two sizes is the cut off; however, for my gown, I had to have it altered from a size 6 to a size 12 on top. If you have a really good seamstress, she/he can do wonders with a gown. The problem with sizing down sometimes is that it will alter to look of the gown. If I were you, I would use the two size rule.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You are very welcome πŸ™‚

The second one would be a better choice than the first, and I think it could be altered to fit you; however, with the first one, you would probably lose some of the detail. It could be done though, if you have a really good seamstress. I suggest contacting a few seamstresses and ask them if you can send them a picture, so they can tell you if they think they can alter either one of them, and if so, approximately how much it would cost.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Im Irish so Im not sure if it’s the US but would you not be better getting a dressmaker to copy or design a dress from scratch?  I got this done for a Justin Alexander dress as I found very hard to locate in Ireland.  It is exact except for the parts that I asked to be changed!  It also saved me a lot of money still cheaper than if I had bought the dress second hand? I understand that this may be different in US put you would have a perfect fit dress for half the price. Also if you have an art/design college near, you can maybe get a design student to do for even less!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

What style dress are you looking for?

Have you considered purchasing a dress from China? There are tons of great suggestions from bee’s here.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m formally trained in sewing, but rarely use my skills due to a career change. I think you should be able to alter either of those dresses. 2 would be easier, but both are doable. I bought a dress off the rack in a size 12, and I am a size 2. Its a mermaid style, keyhole back, full lace dress. My seamstress was amazing and the dress fits me vey well with no details lost!

For that first one, it looks like the lace is an overlay, so they should be able to remove the lace overlay, fit the dress and then reapply the lace. Not saying it will be a cheap alteration, though! Best of luck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My dress was a size 14 sample gown that I had altered to fit me, a street size 2 so yes I think it can be done. I think they did a really good job of keeping the details on my dress but like everyone said, it does depend on the dress. The more boning in it, the harder it would be to keep a good shape I would think. Mine did have alot of boning and so I think it did take awhile for them to get that right but now it looks fine.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I love the second dress you posted, and think it shouldn’t be too hard to size down, though I’m no pro. Usually it’s easier to go down than up, if that makes you feel better πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I can’t see the dresses..but i would consider the cost for alterations.  What is the point if you’re going to end up spending just as much in alterations.  Hope it works out for you. =)

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