(Closed) Buying many sizes too big?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

They say most dresses can only be sized down about three sizes, max. I would really really reconsider before buying one… take a pic to a seamstress and see what she says!

Post # 4
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2021 - Oakland Manor

most likely it would, I took a 14 to an 8 and it wasn’t exactly perfect.  I had a fnatastic seamstress too. I’d say keep looking, esp to go from a 10 to a 0/2!

Post # 5
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Are you a size 0/2 in watters dresses? Wedding dress sizes are whacky–if you’re a size 6 maybe in THEIR wedding dress, I might get the 10. But if you’re truly a 0/2 or a 4 in dress sizes, i wouldnt do this–the dress would not look the same!

Post # 6
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Ooh, I just thought of what ejs said and came back to say it… hehe! Go try it on in store! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

Are you a size 0/2 street size?  If so (depending on the brand) you are a size 2-4-6 in the wedding dress.  So a size 10 would be bigger, but not as big as you are thinking.

Post # 9
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yeah, I had this same problem a few months ago.  About a year ago, I went to bridal shop that was closing down because the owners were retiring.  I went there and I found 2 dresses that I loved. I actually couldn’t choose between them so I bought both. I bought each dress for $100 each.  The were sample dresses.  When I was trying them on, they sales women kept saying it was gorgous on me and that the dress can “always be taken in”. One dress was a size 10 and the other a size 14.  I’m a size 0/2.  Also, I thought since the dresses both laced up in the back it would also be in my favor.  And that alterations should cost between $300-400.  Ok, well my budget was around $500 so, that’s great.

Well a few months later, I’m ready to take it to a seamstress.  Luckily I did this about 6 months before my wedding.  One semestress (with really good reviews) told me that she couldn’t do it.  She said that with all the time she would spend, it would cost a fortune to fix.  She said that if she had to quote it, she would charge me upwards of $2000.  I was in disbelief.  I was shocked.  She looked at both dresses and she said they would both cost the same.  It was a sad day for me that day.  I almost cried. But I told myself to go get a second opinion.

I didnt have time that day to get another opinion so I did research it and I did find that you are able to take a dress down by 2 or 3 dress sizes.  ๐Ÿ™  So the next day, I went to get some more opinions.

One quoted me at $500 and another at $400.  But going through 3 bridal seamstresses pinning my dress, I realized that half the beading would be gone.  All of that beading that I first loved about both dresses would be gone.  Also, I could be spending that money on a dress that actually fits me and on one that wasn’t a sample dress.

After a lot of thinking, I made the decision to try to sell it on craigslist.  Luckily, I found someone to buy both dresses for what I first paid.  I took that money and found the a smaller size of the one of dresses on ebay. I had already fallen in love with one of the dresses and wanted that to be my dress. I was so fortunate enough to be able to sell my dresses and find the one I wanted on ebay in a smaller size.

The thing I learned was the lady to who sold me to dress was right in that you can always make a larger dress smaller… but within reason.  She failed to mention that last part. Within 2-3 dress sizes and if it laces up in the back you might be able get the seamstress to sew up the corset back.


 If you absolutely love you dress and are willing to pay the money to get it altered go for it. I honestly couldn’t afford to spend that much in alterations.

Good luck!

Oh, in street clothes I am a 0/2 but in the dress that I found on ebay was a size 4.  It fits perfectly.  Oh and the only reason I considered buying it on ebay is because I knew first hand what the dress looked like. I knew I wanted that dress.  The girl who was selling the dress was the same size as me in street clothes and she had it cleaned and preserved.


Post # 10
307 posts
Helper bee

definately with everyone about finding out what for sure size you are in that brands line. if you are a higher size in wedding dress land like a 6 that is closer to ten go for it, but otherwise i wouldnt do it.

Post # 11
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Mine was a size 12, and I’m a street size 4. She was able to do it, but I can tell that if the dress had been closer to my size, it would have looked better. I don’t regret my decision (the dress was a STEAL), but if you have the chance to keep looking for something closer in size… maybe a 6… then I would.

Post # 12
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yeah definitely try to get a close to your size as possible. My girlfriends and I had this nightmare of an experience last year with bridesmaid dresses for our friends wedding. For some reason, the bride didn’t want us trying on the dresses and decided that she’d take all our measurements via email and order us the dresses. According to the size chart I would need a size 14 bridesmaid dress. I was suspicious as a street size 6, but went with it. My other friend was a size 28 on the bridesmaid dress chart, which seemed wacky as hell but we all conceeded to the bride and went with it. When I finally got my dress three weeks before the wedding (another problem with the brides control-freakness!!) is that my dress WAS way too big. waaay waaay too big, I pulled it on with out unzipping it or unhooking the halter. Luckily I got to switch with a bridesmaid who hadn’t taken her measurements and ordered her street size, but the friend who ordered the size 28 and another friend who ordered waaay too big both had to have the dresses rebuilt. One friend paid well over $100 to have the dress altered properly. The other friend (size 28 dress) paid someone near her mom’s house in Maine $15 to have it “taken in” and shipped to Boston…and the morning of the wedding when she had it on for the first time, we were stuffing the bust with just about anything we could find to fill out the dress properly. She crinkled when she walked down the aisle. Thank God there were 13 bridesmaids and the bride couldn’t keep an eye on us all because she would’ve freaked.

SO. My advice, like everyone else’s, is try to get in the ballpark. Otherwise the results could be kind of undesirable ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
3331 posts
Sugar bee

I’d say to pay attention to the detailing in the dress and consult with a seamstress before you make a decison to alter a dress that much.  Everyone told me that taking in a dress would be easier than letting it out, so I ordered my dress a little big.  I ended up losing weight and it came in about 2 sizes too big.  However, because of the lace (and what I’ve decided was a less-than-stellar seamstress), she refused to take the dress in at the sides, only from the zipper.  Less than a week before the wedding, my dress was still falling-down too big for me.  It ended up staying up, but the fit was really bunchy and it never sat the way I wanted it to.  If I had it to do again, I would have ordered a smaller size and counted on the fact that I would lose weight. 

Post # 14
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would recommend to keep looking as well…..I am a dress size 6 and bought a dress size 12 because I just loved the style. I haven’t gotten it altered yet but am VERY nervous about how it’s going to look, even though the store told me it would be “fine.” I wish I had waited and found a dress in my size so I didn’t have to worry about the end result.

Post # 15
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

my dress is huge on me but they said it could be taken in so i trust them.

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