(Closed) Found my perfect dress – alteration question!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

For the length, it depends on how it was altered, it might be able to be let out a bit–especially if you’re willing to wear flats, but you’d have to ask the seller how much fabric is left. Honestly, I’d ask for a picture of the inside hem.

As for the size—that’s where the real long shot is, I personally wouldn’t be comfortable buying a dress with the expectation of losing 3 dress sizes. It’s possible there’s enough fabric to alter it one size up, and if you have a brave seamstress she might be able to do more with it, if you’re willing to be creative (satin strip on inside seam), but I don’t know.

It’s a risk. You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky….punk 🙂

Post # 4
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Personally if that is all or most of your dress budget I wouldn’t take the chance. You can’t do much about a dress that is too small, and even if you lose weight you still have to work with the length. It is worth sending a message and asking the seller specifics though. Sometimes brides have their dresses altered differently (such as leaving the fabric intact) if they are planning to sell it.

I did see this one on preownedweddingdresses…. it’s listed for $2000 but if the seller’s had it for sale for a while they may be willing to negotiate :). You do have plenty of time to find the right dress, whether it’s this one or something else.


Post # 5
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Even if you can get it altered (I honestly have no idea what a seamstress can do so I won’t bother chiming in on that aspect) just be aware that you might have to pay an arm and a leg (especially in New York) to have serious work done on a wedding dress. You should also find out if the dress needs to be professionally cleaned. And, if bids are starting at $1,000, they might not stay there by the time the auction ends. So, I wish you a LOT of luck, but before you get your hopes up on it, just be aware costs could skyrocket. [If you do get it and want a seamstress rec, PM me – mine is in midtown and used to work for Vera Wang.]

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