(Closed) How much is too much?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

It’s generally a lot easier to alter a dress down a few sizes than it is to go up. Exactly how much kind of depends on the dress itself, what kind of details it has, etc., but you will probably be fine. Wait until closer to the wedding, though, to see where your size levels off, before you start the alterations.

Post # 5
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Casablanca totally botched my dress, and the whole bodice was a full four. inches. too big all over. And my dress had a lot of inctricate lace and beading. There was no time to send it back to be remade, and I only had a month for alterations.

Luckily, the seamstress was able to take it in mostly at the zipper and make it fit perfectly (and a bit at the side seams to give it the houseglass shape). The lace wasn’t interrupted at all by the dramatic alterations either. As long as you trust your seamstress, I wouldn’t think it would be a problem.

Post # 6
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it really depends on the dress, but most dresses can be altered quite a bit.  Even if you lose 10 more lbs I think you will be just fine.  The only exception would be if your dress has a lot of intricate beading work on it – that makes it more difficult to alter.

If they didn’t order the size you requested, they should get you a new one in the right size.  If your wedding is in August that should be plenty of time!  They should rush it though (to be on the safe side perhaps), with no extra charge to you!

Post # 9
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ive actually heard that you can take up to 4 sizes off the dress without ruining its “integrity”.  I actually bought a sample in size 10 and I’m a 4… its being altered right now – so we shall see!

Post # 10
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Downtown Riverfront Cafe

Often times you have to sign an agreement when ordering the dress, which would state the size ordered. If you did this and the dress was ordered in the wrong size, you should have no issues exchanging it out for the correct size. Good luck!


Post # 11
2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Typically you do not want to alter the dress beyond 2-3 sizes, although you can alter up to 4 sizes down if it’s got a simple silhouette. I’d speak with the seamstress in the shop and if they didn’t order the size you requested, I’d request they put in another order.

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