(Closed) Am I crazy for trying to get super-tiny? Advice for altering a vintage dress up?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Whether this is crazy or not really depends on how big you are to start with.  Personally, I think trying to conform your body to a dress is not such a great idea, but you seem committed to it.  Maybe you could take it to a good tailor and see what can be done about altering it?  Then you might be able to get a better idea of what size you really would need to be to fit in it.  I don’t think the Spanx will be enough to bring everything in another inch especially because 23 inches is TINY and at that point, you won’t have any fat, you’ll just be squishing organs.

Post # 4
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I was looking into 1930-1950s vintage dresses and came to the hard realization that I just wouldn’t fit into those sizes. Even at my thinnest I wouldn’t – my body just isn’t built that way and a lot of women’s bodies aren’t built that way anymore. I don’t think it’s worth getting super thin for a dress and your waist is already a good size and probably could make its way into other vintage dresses! As for the bust size, maybe gussets could be added? Although any additions to a vintage dress is risky, because it may not match the rest of the dress and be noticable.

If it were me, I wouldn’t alter it and leave it as is and wouldn’t try to fit into it. I’d prefer to keep the heirloom as is and find something else. And if it could be altered, it could work itself out to be the same price as a new (or different vintage) dress, if not more.

Post # 5
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t know what the curent closure on the dress is, but I am in the process of adding a lace up back to my dress to add a few more inches. I would definately take it to a taylor and see if it is a possibility. depending on how long of a lace up they use it could easily add 3 or 4 inches or any portion of the dress.  You are already a good size I wouldn’t stress your body over it.

Post # 8
46371 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Adding a corset back to the dress is the easiest way to add to the size of the dress. You can increase just a little at the waist and more at the bust.

If you don’t want to lose the coverered button back, you can ask a tailor of they can insert a panel of fabric on each side- a gore is wider at the top and narrower at the bottom. If the dress is too long, you might be able to use fabric from the hem, or find a matching or coordinating fabric.

Post # 9
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you’re plnning on actully corsetting yourself you’d be able to get your wist down no problem a normal corset will give you bout 4 inch waist reduction (I’m talking a real boned corset though) Your bust would still be a problem though, it depends on the cut of the dress and what can be done with it.

Post # 11
1866 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I wear a size 00 and my waist is definitely bigger than 23″. I don’t think trying yourself down to that size is either healthy or possible without damaging yourself. I think spanx + corset should do the trick, though I’m not sure how comfortable that would be.

Post # 12
39 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am also wearing a vintage gown from the 1950s, and I think that it’s important to bear in mind that dresses from that era REQUIRE the proper foundation garments to fit correctly.  They were actually made to wear over specific foundations such as girdles and crinolines.

I need to reduce my waist by one inch in order for my dress to fit correctly, so I am going to wear a vintage-patterned Rago waist cincher.  They can reduce your waist by inches and are the correct garment to wear beneath a midcentury gown rather than a corset. 

I recommend the Rago 21 model, which I purchased at OrchardCorset : http://www.orchardcorset.com/Rago-21-Waist-Cincher-Shaper-Corset-Girdle_p_14291.html , but it and similar models are available elsewhere as well.  I bought a size down from my actual measurement to achieve my 24 inches, you will probably need the XS as well for a 23″ waist gown.

Good luck! I’m so happy to see another vintage bride on the boards!!

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