Post # 1
Hello,I’ve been looking for the paloma blanca dress 3966 for a while now and found a bridal store who is closing and selling their sample! Problem is…I’m a paloma blanca sized 4, and the sample is a size 12 =. Do you think it would ruin the integrity of the dress to take it down that much? I heard from others that usually alterations are only good if alterating 2 or so sizes either way? What do you think? Previous experiences altering this many inches?
PB size chart has size 4 at 32, 24, 35
and size 12 at 37, 29, 40
It’s either buy the sample (which is dupioni silk) or have the dress made (every seamstress and custom dressmaker has mentioned using taffeta)
Post # 3
If you get a really good seamstress you’ll be ok. But yes, you run the risk of not acheiving that exact same look and fit. You may be better off having someone make you the dress, if you are afraid of sizing it down so much.
Post # 4
Are you a 4 in that dress or a street size 4?
Post # 5
They always say it’s a lot easier to go down in size than up, but I don’t know about going down by that many sizes. The bust might not line up correctly (the center of the chest in a 12 wouldn’t be the middle of your chest). Do they have an experienced seamstress at the bridal shop? Good luck!
Post # 6
Hi girls thanks for the quick replies 🙂
street sized 0, pb dress size 4 which is equiv to a size 2 or 4 in other designer sizes.
Post # 7
I would recommend checking with a seamstress (even just send this pic)–it looks to me like it MIGHT be able to be altered down that much (I can’t see any beading/lace along the side seams?) but I am in no way qualified to tell you for sure, since it also looks like it might mess with the shape of the bustline or the mermaid skirt. I think only the person who will be doing it will be able to tell you for sure…
It’s an amazingly beautiful dress! Good luck!
Post # 8
Totally gorgeous dress! I would talk to the best seamstress you can find ASAP and see what they say…
Post # 9
Try calling the store at this link – they have the dress and are going out of business:
Post # 10
We’re probably about the same size, and I’m pretty skeptical. I recently had an outfit with a similarly complicated bust altered from about 2 sizes up (not 8), and it took forever and still isn’t perfect…good enough but it’s not my wedding dress. Those wrapped and ruched busts are *very* difficult to adjust. You have to take the overlapping pieces apart and move them over. And you have to make the cup diameter smaller (even if you are busty, your chest is still overall smaller width-wise).
The dress is beautiful and I see why you like it…but the beauty comes from the delicate ruching and the way it flatters the figure. I use an excellent tailor where I live, and I’d still be skeptical. You’d pretty much have to reconstruct the dress to make it work, and I would think you’d be better off starting from scratch. Tehre’s just a lot of extra material. And there may be some boning or other type of structure built into the bodice as well (to give it shape). Deconstructing it all will also be *very* expensive (as I just found out). So it might not save you a lot off the original cost of the dress.
take all this with the understanding that I’m very picky about fit and pretty attuned to what needs to be done to make something fit well. I don’t mean to naysay, but I think it’s a really big risk and I don’t think it’ll look the same as if you bought a dress your size.
Post # 11
Hello again girls!
I called the store and asked them this question (mrsleopard, that’s exactly where i found the dress 🙂 thanks for takin time out to search tho, thats why I love weddingbee!! hehe), and they said it would probably be too much. *sigh* When I saw the ad I totally took it as a sign and hoped they would have it in a 6 or 8 heheh.
thanks everyone for taking the time out to help me 🙂
oh the dress maker I’ll probably go with is customcouturebridal . com
The dresses that she’s made (the ones posted on her site) seem of great quality and worksmanship, but none of the dresses display these types of "pickups" so it made me kind of "nervous". What do you think?
Post # 12
If you don’t have an example of the dressmaker doing that kind work, I’d again be skeptical. Ruching and pick-ups are very difficult things to do. I do think Taffeta being a stiffer fabric will make it easier, but I think it’s something that takes a lot of skill. If the dressmaker has done anything similar, they would show off examples of it. I would say that the dresses on the site look much simpler in construction than this one…so I’m not sure what to say.
Again, sorry to be so pessimistic, but I really do think it’s a big risk. It might work out, but it easily might not and I think you should be prepared for the possibility of something that looks and fits pretty differently from what you have imagined. I just want to make sure you’re prepared.
Post # 13
Sorry I didn’t get a chance to reply to your private message. I also tried on the sample 12 in the store and ordered a 8 i’m a streetsize 6. I definitely think that altering a 12 would ruin the dress, i felt even having it clipped it didn’t do justice to the dress. I think that getting it made is an option but the dupioni silk is absolutely gorgeous and really makes the dress. It feels so light and nice on.
Can you not order it in the size you want. I have my fitting at the end of June and will post pics then.
When is your wedding date?
Post # 14
I dont’ know your budget or what you liked about the dress, but this one is similar (DB P9345):
You could probably have the neckline changed to be more similar to the paloma one.
Post # 15
It’s absolutely ok 🙂 Well the only reason I would have to have it made, is because my wedding is september 7th…of this year *gasp*! I only recently…2 or so weeks ago??…saw this dress and fell in love with the design of it. I’ve tried on trumpet and mermaid dresses so I know the style would most likely work. I’m afraid if I do order it from the factory, it might not get here on time *double gasp* esp since I would need some alterations (at least hemming it up…).
Did you find out if there were any other brides with this dress? I would prefer to buy it used rather than to have it made (ease of mind? hehe) but I’ve only found you and one other girl who is wearing this dress and she is getting married in October…
Post # 16
I havn’t found anyone to be honest.
I ordered mine in January but the only reason i’m not getting it till June is because my wedding isn’t till November. They could have got it in way earlier if i needed it. So i would think that you could still order it in time? But I do live in Canada which is where the dress is made. Are you in the US?
The only alteration that i was told that I would need is a hem and they take the lace off at the bottom to do it which makes it pretty easy. Although the silk is kind of expensive to alter.
I wish I could help you out because I am definitely considering selling it, too bad that our dates aren’t switched!