Post # 1
I saw a dress (casablanca 1932) that i liked that was on sale. It’s a sample size 8, and I’m about 5’3”, 100 pounds. The seamstress at the bridal shop sounds pretty confident that she can resize it to fit me, but I don’t know if she’s just putting a front.
What do you guys think?
Post # 3
Hmmm a size 8 sample is about a size 4 real life? I’d be more concerned with the measurements of the dress versus the label size. Ask for the Casablanca measurement size and see if your measurements are near it. I think any dress can be sized up or down two or perhaps three sizes without problems…
Post # 4
depends on the dress, I think. If the details (lace, beading, ruching, etc.) are not re-sizable, the dress won’t be either. If your seamstress seems confident though, I would trust her. I mean, you chose her because of her experience, right? She’d essentially be remaking the dress with the existing fabric to do that big of an alteration, but a seamstress worth her snuff can do that with the right dress.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
Definitely find the measurement chart for the size 8! You want to make sure that you aren’t going to compromise the shape and look of the dress by cutting it down significantly (depending on how much detail there is on the dress). I would have loved to be able to purchase a sample dress if I had the opportunity, but like you, I am a size 0, and they told me that they couldn’t cut dresses down enough without changing the look of it (but this could be because of the type of dress I was looking at too).
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I’m in the same boat as you, street size 0-2 but my dress is a sample size 10! I think it all depends on the dress, mine is fairly easy to alter bc it is not fitted and is kind of flowy and empire waisted but if your seamstress says she can do it, I say go for it! Sample dresses are so much cheaper than having one custom made!
Post # 7
It really depends on the dress. I had a sample size (ugh, my memory is getting horrible….) 10, I think? And my seamstress took it down to a street size 2. It lost a bit of the structure, but it still looked fine.
Post # 8
I have a Casablanca dress size 8 that was taken down to a street size 0-2 and it’s totally fine.
Post # 9
I’m a size 2 and my dress is a size 6. this is because, i was told, bridal gown sizes are way smaller. So the woman is right, you will probably be fine in a size 8. I was told I could purchase up to a size 10 and have it fit my body with some nice tailoring.
Post # 10
What dress is it? Alot of styles aren’t as forgiving as other when it comes to tailoring… maybe you could get a second opinion by another seamstress? Take pictures and take the pictures to someone else to see what they say?
Post # 11
Thank you guys all for your advice!!! I’m going to take a picture of it to a seamstress in OC, named Laura Bravo. I’ll let you guys know what she says!
Post # 12
definitely depends on the dress!!
Post # 13
I definitely agree with crebre80 , check out the size charts–you might be able to tell how much it will actually need to come in based on your own measurements.
Post # 14
hey guys! adding pics..
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Post # 15
I had that dress on and really liked it! I think you could do it since its a pretty simple shape, I don’t think you’d lose anything!
Post # 16
its gorgeous – but beware. Most designers charge a premium for a dress smaller than a size 4 (so size 2 and below) because it requires a totally different pattern to make. The detailing in the front might be smaller on the different pattern as to not take up the entire front of the dress, etc. Like other posters said, look at the designers sizing chart to see what the measurements are. To me it sounds like a TON of work, but it could be feasible.