(Closed) Major Alterations

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Dramatic alterations end up making things quite difficult.  Most alterations experts recommend re-sizing no more than 2 sizes.  The thing is, when you alter a dress this much, you both change the structural integrity of the dress and the shape.

You’d have to go to a really skilled seamstress, and it’s going to cost a lot of money.  Someone in the hive is paying $700 for dramatic alterations.

So ask yourself, is it worth the money that you save on a sample ?

Good luck!

Post # 4
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

yep, dont bother if the alterations are over the top you won’t save anything if it’s far too big for you; try to buy something closest to your size


I’m spending $700 for a size 22 to make it size 2; yikes beautiful gown but never thought it would be that much; I budgetted 375 for alterations but she has to deconstruct everything; even the cheaper seamstresses at the laundromats don’t want to touch it and said bring it to an expert; had I known I would  have kept looking for soemthing closer to my size; I had bought it on sale at kleinfeld $599 and thought I was saving


aw well, I still love my gown and saved elsewhere in my budget; hope those cash cards come in hehehe

Post # 5
773 posts
Busy bee

a sample dress size 10 is usually a street size 4 or 6, unless the designer sizes true-to-size, so it might not be as drastic as you are thinking.

Post # 6
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

I had trouble with this too.  I bought my dress used.  It was a "wedding dress size" 4/6 (it was custom made).  I wear a 0 in wedding dress sizes.  It needed MAJOR alterations to make it fit.  We had to do a lot of fittings because the dress was essentially being reconstructed.  Although the dress came out well in the end, I wouldn’t ever try to size something down more than that.  If it had been a 6 or 8, I don’t think it would have worked out well at all.

Post # 7
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i second that by the time you alter a dress down that much (assuming it’s physically possible for that particular dress) you won’t be saving much money.  I would recommend buying a used dress in your size, or at least close to it.  (Check out preownedweddingdresses, bravobride, oncewed, etc.).  I bought mine off of bravobride and actually didn’t have to make any alterations other than adjusting the bustle!  

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