(Closed) Too Much to Alter?!?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4282 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would contact a seamstress. I have heard dresses can only be taken down 2 sizes.

Post # 4
2152 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

May be a bit much to alter it.  I’d contact a seamstress though first.

Post # 5
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

I agree–contact a seamstress.

Also, has the dress been altered to a street size 8 or a wedding dress size 8? Because those can be radically different! A wedding dress size 8 is probably closer to a street size 4, in which case, the dress may not be that far off from your usual size.

I’d ask the seller for exact measurements, since sizing isn’t totally dependable. That way, you know how far off the dress is from your actual size. 

Post # 6
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d ask a seamstress but the general rule of alterations I’ve always heard is you can go up or down by two sizes max. Anything more and you’re basically recreating the entire dress which is not only expensive, but it won’t look the same in the end.

Post # 7
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I second the idea of talking to a seamstress.  I had a woman take 4 /2 sizes out of my dress (lost a lot of weight and it was one size big when I bought it) and it turned out just fine!  It’s all about the style of the dress and the talent level of the person who will be working on it.  It cost about 375 in alterations because the beading had to be taken out and put in one by one.  Here’s a picture of it on the model then on me. 


Post # 8
2853 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There was a bride who just posted about huge weight loss and her alterations… now I can’t remember who. But her seamstress took her dress in more than 2 sizes, down to a 2 or a 0 or something like that.

You could always print a picture and description of the dress and contact a seamstress to ask her.

Post # 9
9026 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You need to get measured to know what your size is for that bridal designer, I typically wear size 2 and sometimes size 4, but my wedding dress was a size 8. So it may not need as much alterations as you think.

Post # 10
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Are you sure you want to take it down that much? When you take it in so drastically it may change the look of the dress and you might have to sacrifice certain aspects and designs of the dress. Also there is a chance that the alteration charges would be super expensive in which case you might just be better off buying a dress in your own size that you love.

Post # 11
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It shouldn’t be an issue for a great seamstress.  If your alterations is going to cost less than buying new, I would do it.

Post # 12
15041 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My wedding dress was a size 10 and I got it altered to a street size 2.  It was mostly satin with some beading and detail on the top, so I’m not sure if lace would be as easy to alter.  I agree with PP, just ask any seamstress, most willl likely somehow be able to do it… they can work magic!  Heres a pic of mine from the fitting, dont mind the snags in the hip – it was pinned down to take a little more in.


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