(Closed) Can I alter a size 10 to a size 4?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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3142 posts
Sugar bee

Yes I think you can.  I had to order an 8 to fit my top but my bottom half is a size 4 and maybe closer to a 2 now that I’ve been dieting like a mad woman.

I guess it depends which parts you want to alter.

With me it’s just the sides all the way down and also a lot of the length

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am altering a size 12 down to a size 8 and they are going to have to remake parts of the dress.  It will cost about $500 but it is saving me $1500 after alterations – if you are saving a few hundred only it may get eaten up by the alterations. So are you a bridal size or street size becuase weddign dresses usually run small. Maggie’s tend to run one size smaller.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would honestly ask the alterations place you are going with.  Also bridal sizes aren’t always true to street size so you might not have to alter it as far down as you think

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve always been told you can only alter up or down 2-3 sizes without compromising the integrity of the dress.

That doesn’t mean it can’t be done, but as a PP said they may have to totally rework the dress to do it. My alterations are running $200 just to take in the bodice and shorten the halter straps.

Wedding dresses are so much work to alter, so many layers of fabric and details to maintain. Check with whoever will be doing the work first and at least get an estimate.

Post # 6
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1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Isn’t that only 3 sizes down anywho?  From a 10 to an 8 to a 6 to a 4? 

Or am I mistaken?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i’d be nervous altering a one should dress that much.  It just seems like there is so much that can go wrong with the hips, the strap, the fabric.  

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

from my experience with alteration, i would say if you’re only getting a $300 savings, go with the one that fits you.  I think your peace of mind should be worth more than $300 there.  I bought my dress for $120..so i didn’t care too much…i altered my dress from a size 10 to a size 2 (can be down).  It turned out great, but only because I bought the dress for the lace/material..:) 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A good seamstress can work magic!  My wedding dress was a 10 and I altered it down to a  street size 2.

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