So everyone persuaded me to get a dress in my current size although I plan on loosing a lot of weight. While dress shopping I found my DREAM dress it’s perfect and I am IN LOVE !! 😍 so my question is has anyone gotten major alterations done on a dress with lots of detail in lace and beading and how was the final product ? I just don’t want it to look different when everything gets taken in.
Hi. I havent got my final dress jet but maybe I can help with what my seamstress told me. So I bought a very intricate lace dress ("meg" enzoani). Due to my body shape the top will need to be taken in about 3 sizes and the bottom atm about half a size( I was between sizes so choose the bigger just in case= it's a 12 uk/8 US I ordered). My seamstress said even with lace going 2/3 sizes down is no problem. They just take all lace off, fix the size and then reattach it. Sometimes 1 size up is fine too but that depends on how much fabric is in the seam. I would only do the alterations by a seamstress that's specialises in wedding gowns as sometimes they literally have to take the whole dress apart and sow it back together. This is complicated and specialist work. The only other consideration I guess is alteration costs. The shop I bought my dress at has in house seamstresses and they cap their alteration costs at 290max(pounds as uk, so maybe 350 dollars?) so no matter how much I need altered it wont be more than that. However some stores or independent seamstresses wont do that. I heard of people paying 600+ for alterations so its definitly worth checking with who does alter. Also try the dress on with your seamstress there. They can tell you best what works. Mine saw no problem in the alterations needed and pinned all trial away in the sample dress to show me. So I wouldn't worry too much a size down shouldn't be a problem for a professional.. after all you can always cut "spare fabric" away but cant just add more....
Beautiful dress!! I recommend talking with a seamstress about it, they would have a better idea of what amount of work the alterations would take. I wouldn't think that the sizing alterations would change the look of the dress overall, but a seamstress should be able to give a better estimate.
Gorgeous dress! My dress has a lot of detail and had to be taken in in several areas. It looked the exact same when my seamstress finished (except it fit) and I loved it just as much as the day I said yes to it!
Your dress is beautiful!! I am a street size 4/6 but had to order my dress in a size 12 because my hips were in between 10 and 12 measurements, and it is always easier to take in then let out (and wedding sizes are totally different). My other measurements are much smaller, so my dress felt huge and had a good amount of detail to take in! My dress has lace and illusion side pannels that all needed to be taken in. I went to an independant seamstress that did not work at a bridal store and paid a little over $300 for EVERYTHING, including adding a whole new bustle! It looked the same and there were no issues! Just find a good, reliable seamstress.
I lost about 25lbs between my first fitting and ordering my gown. My alterations are only 425$. The bodice of my gown has a lot of lace and floral details but due to my seamstress being very experienced she says it wouldn’t be an issue to take it in. Just make sure you find a reputable seamstress.
I think you should be fine with alterations. I've also heard that wedding dress can be altered down around 2 dress sizes - and it's WAY easier to take dresses in than let them out! When ordering my dress size the salon was super clear about ordering the dress to my largest measurement, because everything else can be tweaked!
I purchased the same dress. The shop measured me wrong. Thank God I took a chance and went a size down. The one I purchased is to big... your dress is beautiful! Buy the one that fits and find a seamstress you trust!