(Closed) can I alter a size 10 dress into size 6?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes, easily. A lot of the times bridal dress sizing differs from street sizes so it’s possible the dress may fit you perfectly. Most brides buy a wedding dress at least 1-2 sizes bigger than usual dress size. Have you tried it on?

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Maybe.  I would go get some estimates though.  I hear you can take a dress down by a couple sizes. 

Is there a lot of beading on the dress?  If so, you may have to lose a lot of that beading to make the dress smaller.

Is it possible?  Yes, there are some very skilled seamstresses out there..  Will it cost a lot?  Maybe.

I learned my lesson when I got two dresses at a sample sale (both were $100).  The women who sold it to me said that I ‘could easily get it altered’  The dresses were size 14 and size 10.  I’m a size 2 in street clothes.  I went to 3 seamstresses.  Once told me it would cost $2000, the others gave me estimates from $500 to $300.  This was becasue I had a lot of beading on both dresses.  I ended up selling the dresses on craigslist and buying the dress I loved in a smaller size.

ETA: Oh, are you a 6 in street clothes and the dress is size 10?  I think you should be fine.  Wedding dresses can run small.  I wear size 2 in street clothes but in my wedding dress I was a size 4.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am a 6 in street clothes and had to order a size 10 wedding dress because I’m a little hippy & was worried about the 8 being too small.  However, I am apparently built like a triangle because I’m like a size 2 in the bust, a 4/6 in the waist & an 8 in the hips.  Needless to say, my dress is going to have to be taken in.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You can, but some of the proportions might not scale to your body well.  It sort of depends on the dress and the actual size difference.  If you’re size 6 Gap and the dress is size 10 couture, it is probably just about the right size anyway.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

OK, now that I see you’re a size 0-2 I change my original comment. It should be doable, but alterations will cost more. I would recommend getting an alterations quote from the store and a couple independent seamstresses. I bought a sample size 10 ballgown before (I’m a size 2) and it was altered perfectly for my body, but it cost a pretty penny. On the other hand I had another dress that was a beaded trumpet size 6, and was a nightmare to alter. The fact that the dress has no beading is a plus, but the trumpet shape is a little more difficult than a regular a-line and sometimes altering down 4 sizes requires basically taking apart the whole dress and changing the pattern. If you’re buying a sample to save money, you should look into the alteration cost first to see if it would be worth it.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m hoping others will chime in with varying opinions and perspectives, but here’s my take on it. I would only buy a sample dress that’s four sizes too big if I absolutely had to; meaning if my wedding’s too close and I don’t have time order a new dress, or if I’m getting a huge discount on (50%+) on a sample or preowned dress I can’t afford otherwise, or if the dress is discontinued and there’s no option to order new. Since your wedding is three months away, I’m guessing you’re in one of these situations in which case I’d say go ahead and buy it. Otherwise I don’t think the 20% discount is worth the money and the stress of dealing with alterations that may be tricky.

As far as whether it’s a good deal, I’ve seen some girls get 50% off on older years’ samples. Here in LA the most I was offered was 15% off retail price.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2007

When I order my dress it a size 8 when it came in it did not fit me it was still small.. I got in a major diet. I lost so much weight they had a hard time fixing it after so many tries they finaly got it to fit by then it was a size 4..

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You might want to look on preownedweddingdresses.com or oncewed.com to see if there is a preowned dress that’s in your size.

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