posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1226 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Have you taken your dress to a seamstress to verify that it can’t be altered down to fit you. Yesterday a bee called hawkeyebride, posted about altering a size 22 dress down to a 10. So it may be possible. It is really hit or miss to sell your dress online and most buyers won’t pay much over half price for a dress. So I would look into alterations first. Otherwise look at prom dresses, sale dresses at Davids Bridal, Lulus.com and Modclith for a replacement dress.

Post # 3
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 24 2017

The bridal shop I’m at has an amazing seamstress and she said that she’s brought a 22 to a 2 before. I’m sure it depends on the shape/parts of the dress but I’d get a second opinion. 

Post # 4
3833 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

There are lots of second hand wedding dress sites like stillwhite.com. Be warned that they do take a long time to sell sometimes though, and the prices might have to drop by 50%. If yours is a popular dress and unworn you have better chances but if you’re running out of time you might just have to get the new dress first. 

Post # 5
1834 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

What sort of a dress is it? As mentioned above there’s a good chance it can still be altered. Well done for the weight loss!

Post # 6
6262 posts
Bee Keeper

If at all possible get it altered. If your dress is a popular style you may well sell it but brides typically want huge discounts on the secondhand sites. 

As an example I bought my 3K Jesus peiro gown (unaltered) on preloved for about 10% of that. And sold it again on ebay afterwards for the same. 

So, work it out, but it’s likely to be much more economical to get a good seamstress on your current size. 

Post # 7
942 posts
Busy bee

Agree with PP. Unless you’re super patient, selling a dress can be more nerve-wracking than you think. I had a thread going some weeks ago about how a buyer was so nervous that I almost went insane trying to cater to her requests and listening to her sob stories to get me to discount even more.

But then I was the kind of buyer who bought a dress under five lines of text exchange so I guess you can meet better people…however the woman I bought from listed the dress for 18 months before it sold to me. So again it could take forever.

As a buyer I wouldn’t buy any dress over 20% of the original price, unless it’s current season. Unless your dress is a very tight mermaid, it could save you more if you get a really good seamstress to size down for you.

I bought and sold on stillwhite. I’ve also looked on preownedweddingdresses.

Post # 8
1294 posts
Bumble bee

It’s worth checking whether the store might exchange it for you, even if there’s a small discount?

Post # 11
1294 posts
Bumble bee

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tcarr :  OK, post some pictures of the dress. It may be that Bee’s here have had similar alterations done as it could be worth going to a different seamstress. It won’t delay you by much 🙂

Post # 12
663 posts
Busy bee

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tcarr :  Did you ever think of buying a new dress from Brides for a Cause or a similar organization? There a several organizations that sell donated sample gowns inexpensively to benefit charity.  I just came from Portland and Tacoma and bought my dress for $300. You can call them and they will ship to you. 

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