How many sizes down can a dress be altered?

I'm sure it depends on the style of the dress, but in general can a dress only be altered down one size? Two?

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 7:25 am
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if you have a good seamstress, i am sure it could be taken down many sizes! of course the design needs to be taken into consideration. any dress you have in mind?

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 7:28 am
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I asked the dress shop and they told me I can loose up to 20lbs (MAX). any more than that ruins the style of the dress. 10lbs is one dress size so I assume 2 dress sizes is max...anyone else?

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 7:29 am
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2 sizes max IMHO, anything more than that will probably really alter the style of your gown

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 7:37 am
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ditto on the 2 sizes

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 8:09 am
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i had my dress sized down from size 12 (i think.. 12 or 14) to a size 6 or what i think is a 6 because i'm a size 2 so i figure that's a 6 in wedding dress size. and it looks like it was a 6 all along! 


i think it depends on your dress.. and the seamstress

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 8:14 am
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i bought a sample size and they took it in 2 sizes and the first fitting looked great for a first fitting!  the only complaint is the length for my dress - i'm having to lose a lot of the bottome detail, but other than that it's fine so far!

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 9:15 am
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It also depends on the fabric and beading - if you have embroidery or beading even 2 sizes in might be pushing it. 


More than 2 sizes and you have to re-cut the whole dress to make it so that structurally it's correct.  It's really only done well on very simple dresses made of heavy material (easier to work with than say, a chiffon which tends to crawl around).

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 10:03 am
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I think it really depends on the dress

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm
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I think it really depends on the style of the gown. I can see a princess gown taken down more sizes than a mermaid.

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm
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Thanks ladies! I appreciate your advice.

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 6:15 am

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