Post # 1
I’m hoping someone with experience might know this… I have found my Vera Wang dream dress, pre-owned, in two sizes. One is still the original size 10 as purchased, the other was originally a size 10, altered down to a street size 2. The size 2 looks to be close to my size, but may still need some taking in. Assuming it still needs to be taken in everywhere (bust, waist, hips, length), does it matter if the is already closer in size? Or is the same amount of work as taking in an original size 10? Also, are Vera Wang gowns custom fit, meaning, a "size 10" purchased by one bride is not the same "size 10" purchased by another? The reason I ask is size 10 is less expensive and I’d go with that if alterations came out to be about the same.
Post # 3
Size 10 to 2 is a pretty big jump- I’d wonder about the integrity and shape of the dress after such huge alterations. I’d probably go with the unaltered dress since you don’t how good of a job the tailor did on the alterations. Though I’m guessing that you might end up paying more to bring a size 10 down to a 2.
Post # 4
Go with the unaltered dress! A size 8 or 10 in bridal gowns can be anything from a 0 – 4 in street sizes (generally speaking, but every gown designer’s sizing is different).For example I’m a street size 0 or 2 but ordered my Amsale gown in a size 10 which will need to be taken in a little bit at the waist and hips and actually let out at the chest. Everyone is different.
While the dress that has been altered may "look" more like it would fit you, the appearence of it on the hanger is not exact. Slight differences like bust, waist and bum will make a big difference. Plus, if this dress has already been altered there’s the possibility that they cut the fabric inside the seams- most wedding dresses have a more generous amount of hidden extra fabric than regular street clothes for alterations purposes. More to work with = easier alterations.
There should not be a signifigant price difference between the two as I believe (and if anyone could confirm this for me) that a Vera size 10 is a smaller size and therefore wont need massive alterations if you’re a small street size.
*Another bonus w/ getting the larger of the two: you’ll have extra fabric that you can use as your bouquet wrap, a great suggestion I got from a tailor recently!