(Closed) Anyone care to speculate on ease/difficulty of altering this dress? And fit ?s

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It might be possible to alter it down but it’s tough when you are going more than a few sizes down.  As for shortening, it looks like it would be pretty easy since the pattern is the same across the entire dress.

Post # 5
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think the right seamstress/tailor could make this dress fit you and your vision. I have no clue on cost. By The Way the dress is TOO CUTE!!!!!

Post # 7
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think it would really be a problem to alter it down to a size 16 from a 20. It’s only 2 sizes down which isn’t a big deal.

I would go ahead and get the dress and get it altered. I would also ask around to find out what the costs would be to alter it down.

Post # 8
40 posts

I’m a seamstress in Ontario Canada and I would strongly caution you to take the photo to a seamstress and ask. First, it’s currently bridal season, so they may not even have time to do the alterations. Secondly, I would charge $100 to $150 to down size the dress…..rates can fluctuate depending on where you live. Basically, every seam needs to be altered down to reduce the dress size (otherwise the shape of the dress changes). And finally, because there is no back to the dress you are going to have a tough time holding in the “girls” SO you will need to be comfortable with stick ons holding up your bust as the dress (even with cups) will do very little with a large chest.

I hope this helped!

Post # 10
40 posts

@MsInterpret: Yes, they will only take in what’s needed BUT you still need to adjust each seam (or a good dressmaker SHOULD to keep the shape) at the waist, which is where the work comes in. Honestly, I’d be much more concerned about how you are going to keep your bust in place. Can you go to a salon and try on other backless dresses just to see if it’s workable with your bust size?


Secondly, have you considered getting the dress made? It’s not very complicated and if you are ok with less expensive fabrics (you will not notice the difference) it may cost the same as the dress plus alterations and fit you much better. A local seamstress (verses a store setting) would give you a better price.

Post # 11
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I wouldn’t do it. I had a dress altered for me to wear to my daughter’s wedding that was 2 sizes too big even tho it was ordered according to the size chart. It was also a halter and I have a larger bust size as well. She suggested I buy a specific low cut/low back bra and gave me the name and style number to get. Once she took in the waist, the bustline was all wonky and way too revealing. If she tried to alter it for more coverage, it smashed me flat. I ended up not being able to wear the dress at all after all the alterations.

I’d have one custom made too. This way it would fit you exactly and save you some grief!

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