(Closed) Can a size 16 be converted to a size 22?

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
4381 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I don’t think so, unfortunately. If you were to do it, maybe order a second dress and use the fabric from that as panels to widen it?

Post # 4
18627 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I really really doubt they could do that.  Usually they can alter about a size up or down but there will not be enough fabric to increase a dress three sizes.

Post # 5
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yea, I agree with the other brides. It does depend on the dress, because some have more to work with than others. Most of the time they can only let out to 1 or 2 sizes because there isn’t enough fabric. 

Post # 6
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I have to agree with these ladies, I don’t think it can be done.

My sister, K, ordered me the wrong size bm dress. I measured a size 4, I ordered a 4, but when my other sister, B, measured a 2 a couple of months later, K thought we were the same size and ordered me a 2. Problem is I am 4 inches shorter than B so our proportions are different. Needless to say, I needed the dress to be taken out a little in the hips, even though it was a corset dress. The tailor worked magic and got the dress to fit but there was no way he would be able to make it any larger than he did (luckily I was between a 2 and a 4).

Take it to a tailor and see what they say. Look inside the dress and see how much extra fabric is in the inseam (doubtful there is more than 1/2 inch one each side). Could you order similar fabric to extend the dress? Or just have a similar dress recreated??

Post # 7
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Probably not, at least not without totally changing the dress. I’d talk to a tailor/seamstress about it, but it almost certainly will not have that much extra fabric (I don’t even think wedding dresses have that much extra) and adding fabric to a simple dress will change the dress. I’d try to find a dress that is available in the size she needs.

Post # 8
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

unfortunately not 🙁

BUT.. don’t fret! i actually worked for j.crew’s special occasions department, and they will definitely send you extra fabric. just take that fabric to the tailor and they should be able to work with that. when i worked there (about a year ago) you didn’t have to pay for the extra fabric (i think they give you a yard?), but you may have to now.. i’m not sure. just call their 1-800 number or email [email protected]. they’re really accommodating, so they should be able to help! 🙂

Post # 9
48 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

It depends….last year at my brother`s wedding the Maid/Matron of Honor gained a lot of weight between ordering the dress and the actual wedding day due to some new medication she was taking. The seamstress added a panel to the back of the dress and it fit perfectly. The panel was a shade lighter than the dress, but it looked like the dress was made to be different because she was the Maid/Matron of Honor. Talk to your tailor and see if they would be able to match the material and color to the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress.

Post # 10
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

No, I had a hard enough time getting my size 12 dress to be bigger – closer to a size 14.  I don’t think they could ever make a dress 3 sizes bigger with the fabric it has been made with.  They’d have to insert fabric panels in the sides to do that.

Post # 11
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Bmaid had a size 16 cotton cady dress needed to to go up one size.  Take JanieLeigh’s advice and email [email protected].  They send it for free, its enough to make 3 sizes up I believe.  Very helpful for the seamtress. My Bmaids dress looks like it eas made perfectly for her! Good luck

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