(Closed) Dress-How large is too large to get tailored?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I heard more than 3 sizes up becomes difficult… so If I were you I’d steer clear from size 8 and up…

Post # 4
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve read down 2 and up 1 due to pattern changes for size.

Post # 5
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Some of them might work for you, depending on the sizing of the particular designer.  I’m a street size 0 on top, and 4 on the bottom (I’ve got a little junk in the trunk!), but my dres is a size 8 (just have to get the top taken in).  Bridal sizes tend to be larger than street sizes.

Post # 7
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I really think it depends on the cut and detail of the dress and if you have a great seamstress. I purchased a pre-owned strapless, mermaid style gown in an unaltered size 8 and the tailor has done a fantastic job of bringing the sides in to about a size 2 (street).


Post # 8
1961 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Are the sizes you’re looking at the actual size of the dress or the street size of the previous owner? Street size and dress size can be way off. If you find a dress you like try to find the size chart from the dressmaker or ask the previous owner for specific measurements. I think staying within two sizes is best to be safe. How much it can be sized down will depend on the dress style, material, and bead/lace details.

Post # 9
4149 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m a street size 0 and my dress is an 8. It had to be taken in considerably but wasn’t an issue at all for the tailor. It depends on the dress, though. Lots of beaded detail (which mine doesn’t have) would be more difficult. You should go to the designer’s website and compare your measurements to their sizing chart. I found that while I was a street size 0, I was actually a bridal size 4 per my designer so a bridal 8 was only 2 sizes too big. 

Post # 11
47 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@Suerte:  Im from australia and we have the same sizing as the UK I am a AUS/UK size 8 normally which is the eqivalant to a us 2. So your right a uk 12 would be about a US 8 depending on the designer! if you are a street size 0 you would be a size 6 over here!

Post # 12
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think it depends on the style of the dress as well. When my Maid/Matron of Honor got married she had to deal with her wedding dress shop closing down and her having to scramble two months before the wedding to get a dress. She bought a size 8 sample and she’s a size 2. Honestly, you couldn’t even tell and it looked perfect

Post # 13
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

UK sizes are definitely different.  I’m 0-2 or sometimes a 4 (I’m busty) street size here in the US, but my UK street size is 6-8.  If the bridal sizes are simlar, then the UK dresses should run smaller.

Also, wedding dresses are way different from regular clothes.  As I mentioned above, I’m pretty small too, and my dress is a 6 and only needs minimal alterations.  But my dress DOES have a corset back, which helps a lot with sizing issues.  A US size 8 wedding dress, depending on the designer, could be as low as a 2-4 street size, which would mean that you would only need minimal alterations.

Post # 14
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I’m a street size 0 and 5’1″, and I ordered my Maggie Sottero dress in a size 0 and 5″ shorter, and its STILL big in some places….

i guess a street size 0 can vary!

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