(Closed) How much can a dress be taken in? Pic included

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8574 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It really depends on the dress, the general rule I’ve heard is “Up 2, down 4”.

So the average dress can be taken down 4 sizes.

But, even if for some reason, you had to go down more than 4, I still think you’d be okay. Your dress is very flowy and it would be seriously hard to tell!

Post # 5
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Lovely dress! I would say that an experienced seamstress can take a dress down two sizes. Are you at all concerned with the cost? I only ask because if you don’t have a budget, anything can be done!

Post # 6
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

That dress looks like it could be taken in a lot. It’s the really structured and heavily decorated dresses that can cause problems.

Post # 7
12244 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m with PP–your dress is super flowy, so I don’t think you’ll have a problem taking it in as much as you need!

Post # 9
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think you should be able to have it altered down fine, given the relatively simple style. Having said that though, it may be worth considering buying another dress depending on how much the alterations will cost you.

Post # 10
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The shape of the bodice will be what determines how much it can be taken in.  If you look at it from the front, look at the shape the top of the dress makes over your chest.  As you pinch each side of the dress to make it smaller, its going to change where the peak of each cup sits.  After a certain point they wont be centered on your chest/will look strange.  If you have someone to help, you can check out what the dress will look like for yourself- put in on, and have your helper pinch an equal amount of fabric under each arm.  (You could even use a clothspin or chip clip to hold it for a few minutes)  Take a look at the bodice with it pinched like this and see what you think.

Post # 11
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That is a great dress for an Aug wedding.  If you definately won’t be gaining before the wedding, they should be able to exchange it for a smaller size.


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