(Closed) How much can a wedding dress be altered?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Pretty! I think it will be fine. I think generally they say they can do 2 sizes without a big problem, especially when the dress is pretty simple in just having seams down the side like that. Also, I’m not sure what the back looks like but if it is a corset that will probably absorb at least 1 size difference so you might not even have to have it altered that much!

Post # 4
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think that it really depends on the seamstress. I took my dress to one lady who said that she could not make my dress fit the way that I wanted. it involved taking the back in along the zipper about 1 inch and the top in as well. She refused to do it. i took it to a family friends who used to make wedding dresses as a living and she didnt even bat an eye over what I was telling her. If you find a good seamstress I am sure that they will be able to do it… it just may cost a lot

Post # 5
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

At David’s they typically order a dress a size too big (because they make a lot of their money on alterations but I’ve heard such horror stories I don’t suggest anyone get their dress altered there) so having it taken down one size is definitely no big deal and I don’t think it should be an issue to take it down further. I know that people typically lose weight differently, if you’re set on this dress, be careful with the weight loss. I know that with some people when they lose weight it has a dramatic effect on their size. 30 pounds for me was barely one size (I’m almost 6′ tall so 30 pounds is entirely different for me than someone that’s 5’2) so depending on your build and how you lose the weight you could easily go down more than 2 dress sizes with 30 pounds, make sure you’re ready to etiher quit losing weight or ready to sell the dress because I think that more than 2 sizes might be a bit much. Just keep a close watch on how you’re losing the weight, try on the dress once a month if you have to.

Post # 7
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I lost 25 pounds and my seamstress didn’t have a problem altering it. My dress had lots of lace/layers, so I think this one won’t pose any difficulties at all!

Post # 8
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have no idea how much they can alter a dress,  I just wanted to tell you that I think your dress is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Post # 9
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think if the seamstress is confident then it probably can. That’s her profession so I’d trust her judgement.

Plus most people don’t loose weight perfectly from all parts of their bodies – so there’s a chance that while you could be down 2 dress sizes in your waist, you may only be down 1 dress size in your chest or hips – so it would have to be altered anyway. A couple sizes isn’t drastic – I think if you got to sizing it down 4-5 sizes you may lose some of the look of the dress.

Post # 10
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hi Geobride!

I Love your dress!! in fact I have tried on the same style and am so close to buying it, it looks so different on the model though.

Which colour have you ordered it in? I tried it on in the pearl colour. Have you any other pictures of it?

Good luck with the weight loss, I can imagine the dress could be easily taken in but I’m no expert! x

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