(Closed) can this dress be altered?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m going to lean toward no…my bridals alon grossly over-sized one of my bridesmaids gowns (she’s a street size 6 and they ordered her a 16!) and we had no choice but to alter it down. In the end, it was wrong all over. Nothing hit here where it should. I would try reselling your gown and trying to find one in a smaller size.

Post # 4
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

Not sure where you live – but I bought a floor sample dress(size 12) La Sposa by Pronovias at Mon Amie in costa mesa – great deal at 75% off. IT was too big for me too. I had it altered at a local mission viejo shop that has been in business for 25 years. Not only did she do an amazing job, she turned it around for me in 5 days,.

email me if you would like the phone number! SHE WAS GREAT.

With the right taylor it CAN be done.

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Post # 5
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I fell head over heels in love with a dress that was 6 sizes too big. The girl at the bridal store said that anywhere over 2 sizes is really hard to alter. I obviously didn’t end up buying the dress (good thing too as it was $1000 over what I wanted to spend) but if cherilost says it can be done, I would try! Good luck!

Post # 6
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I also bought a dress several sizes too big. The seamstress had to take it in about 4 inches. It turned out better than I imagined – honestly, it’s impossible to tell that it was sized down. Much of it depends on the style and construction of the dress. Take your dress to a good seamstress. They’ll not only be able to give you a good assessment, but they’ll do the best work. Don’t worry – if you love the dress and got a good deal, then you didn’t go wrong.

Post # 8
64 posts
Worker bee

A 12 to a 0?!?  That sounds like it would involve completely taking the gown apart and re-cutting it!  I’d check on the additional cost first and make sure it’s in writing, especially if the place doesn’t have good reviews.

Try finding it online, eBay, 2nd hand consignment bridal places, or just having it made instead.  Seriously!

Post # 9
33 posts
  • Wedding: April 2003

Peachypear is right – it really depends on the style and cut of the dress and also the fabric. As a seamstress I’ve had some cases where I had to take a dress in more than 2 sizes but the cut allowed it and it ended up looking great.

Taking a size 12 to a 0 might compromise the shape of the dress and not look as good as the original, and then you might be stuck with something that’s not wearable or re-sellable plus the fee for the alterations. I agree with harper, maybe you should just try finding the same style in your own size, since you do have some time before your wedding. Good luck!

Post # 10
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Hmmm…as a size 0 who’s had to deal with oversized samples, I feel your pain.  I had a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress once for which the smallest size was a 4.  The seamstress had to open every seam, but it did fit well in the end (cost 50% the price of the dress though).  If there’s any beadwork or fine detailing I’d be pretty wary of having someone take a dress in that much unless they come highly recommended.  Otherwise a talented (and likely expensive) seamstress/tailor can possibly do wonders, but definitely read up on reviews (in LA you can probably use Yelp) before going in and really listen to whether they know what they’re talking about.  They should be fairly quick at telling you what seams etc will need to be opened and pulling/pinning while you’re wearing to give you an idea of how it’ll look.  Definitely no harm in asking, but I wouldn’t shell out a lot more money unless the person is well-rated, sounds competent, and is confident s/he can do it. 

Post # 11
37 posts

It depends on the cut of the dress, but I had a Vera Wang size 10 altered to size 0 (street size) and it ended up looking great.  I went to a seamstress in a bridal shop in OC, since they have experience with wedding gowns.  Leave me a message if you want the contact details.   

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