(Closed) Dress too small, me too big. Possible for dress not able to be altered?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

A good seamstress/tailor can make all necessary alterations. Make sure you buy a dress that fits in your largest area. It is always possible to take something in, but seam allowances only allow so much to be let out.

Post # 5
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217 posts
Helper bee

@BetterSherm:  

If there isn’t enough seam allowance, then you might not be able to get into the dress, or the dress won’t fit you well.  So always order a bit big if you want to get it altered locally, or order something made to your specific measurements 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You’re going to have to find a dress that fits your biggest measurement. Seamstreses can work miracles, but only if fabric is there to begin with. It’s also possible that a corset back could be added to whatever you find…but i’d check before buying anything that can’t be returned. If I were you, i’d find a good tailor/seanstress that’s independent (check Yelp) and that is willing to meet with you and look at pics of potential dresses to discuss how things can be altered.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If the dress needs to be let out more than the fabric that is available in the seam allowance, the seamstress and the bride need to get creative.

Sometimes fabric can be taken from the hem to put a gore of fabric at the bustline under the arm.

Sometimes the garment can be taken apart at the center seam and a coordinating piece of fabric inserted. That can be done for both bodice and skirt.

Sometimes you get lucky and can actually find matching fabric.

The solution depends on what the problem is.

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