Post # 1
Is it possible to not have anable to get a dress altered because of the many various alterations needed, possible in larger sizes?
My proportions are so odd. My shoulders are wide in proportion to my bust, my neck is small compared to my shoulders, hips and waist lines off in proportion to one another, upper arm width off in comparison to below my elbows, etc. I’m in theatre and costume designers dread working with me!
Since I want a vintage dress, I’m afraid that if I need to go a size (or few) up in the waist/hip area and my shoulders are too broad, etc. it’ll make it too difficult to alter.
Could something like this happen? Especially if the dress is too small in these areas. I’m going to get measured so I can choose a dress that is closet to my measurements, but I’m concerned that’ll limit my choices out of what I currently like.
Post # 3
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 # 4
Do you happen to know what would happen if there isn’t enough seam allowance?
Post # 5
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
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
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.
Post # 8
In costumes, I’ve had gussets added, so I wonder if those would be applicable for a wedding dress? Although finding a fabric that would match a vintage wedding dress might be difficult.