(Closed) Size 14 altered down to 8?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it can be done. I would def take it to a very experienced seamstress to make sure the detail isn’t lost with such a big alteration. Let us know how it turns out.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Yes! It can be done.  I had a size 18 altered down to an 8.  I wanted to change the skirt from a very fitted mermaid to a slim A-line.  The seamstress had me order a size 18 so she would have enough material to make the skirt A-line out from my hips.  She had to take the waist and bust in by over 7 inches.

I go for my third fitting tonight.  I have lost weight since my last fitting so she will probably have to take it in even more but I am not worried.  A skilled seamstress can do just about anything. 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes – it can be done!  I have a size 10 sample altered down to a 4ish (probably a 2-top and a 4 or 6 hips!)

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My dress was taken down 3 sizes, and it looks great! It also has a lot of beading and intricate lacework, so it took some time, but now you’d never be able to tell it had originally been so much bigger πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Although it can probably be done – make sure you find out about the cost.  If it is super labor intensive it could be expensive and that could hike up your budget quite a bit.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Lake Taghkanic State Park

From what i’ve heard most seamstresses won’t do much over a few sizes, but you should really look into the cost. To undertake an alteration that drastic might end up costing you almost as much as it would be to just buy the dress in your size…

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@lcincala:  my seamstress did that exactly! my bust apparently was too big to get a “regular” sized dress, so i ordered plus size 14, and she brought it down to a “regular” 8 with NO problem!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m in the process of altering a size 10 to a size 0! The dress I fell in love with was a sample, and a discontinued dress. The seamstress was awesome about it and I’ve had 2 fittings so far and it’s coming along GREAT!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

i am, exactly those measurements but in NZ sizes, its about 3 sizes too big for me. just ask the seamstress if it can be done or not cos some dresses lose their shape etc but mine will be ok because of the dress style it is.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi there,

 

my dress was ordered at a size 16, and i had to have the top and waist taken in to a size 10… but it was a ballgown so there wasn’t much to do with the skirt.  The bodice was ruched tulle, so while it was pretty easy to mask any imperfections

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