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chrissy | Posted in General Sewing Info on


              Can anyone out there help me.I have brought lovely wedding dress,

              Getting married later this year, I am not to bad at sewing and alteration’s….

              but I am abit afraid of attempting this task.

              The dress is a perfect fit apart from the boned sleeveless bodice ,

             I am quite small on the top half,

              I know I have to take it in,can anyone give me help and detailed

              instruction on how to go about this. Also I’m abit concerned about choosing

             the correct Thread.



  1. sueb | | #1

    Hi Milo,

    I would suggest that you take it to a professional tailor for the alterations if you're at all uncomfortable or unsure about how to proceed to alter it yourself.   Altering a wedding dress bodice is no easy task and unless you've had experience with that type of alterations in the past I would leave it to a professional.  That said however if you're determined to undertake this task yourself you may want to take a look at any wedding dress patterns that are similar to the dress you've bought to familarize yourself with how the dress was put together or check out a book on wedding gown sewing.  A few that come to mind:

    Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear by Susan Khalje  or  How To Alter A Bridal Gown by Susan Ormond

     good luck !



    1. chrissy | | #2

      Dear Sueb,

                       Many thank's for your response and idea's I will certainly bare       

                       in mind those book's . I would love at this moment in-time to

                      take my dress to aprofessional, but alas I just can't afford to.

                                      I need agood website really, that give's detailed instrution

                                     on how to go about this.

                                                                          Kind Regard's,


      1. sueb | | #3

        I don't know of any websites that will give you the advice you need.  You may want to check your local library to see if there are any books that will help you out if you don't want to purchase them from a bookseller.  



  2. SisterT | | #4


    I typed "altering boned bodice" into a Google search.  You might want to try that or something similar.

    The first result that I checked was the following: http://experts.about.com/q/3237/3426939.htm.  It might be a good place for you to start.

    Congratulations on your engagement--and I wish you peace (and patience!) as you prepare for the big day!

    Sr. Tracey

    1. chrissy | | #5


                       Thank you, for your expert advice on this problem, and many thank's

                       for your good wish's.



                                                ...  ...   MILO...  ...


    2. rjf | | #6

      Nice to see you back here.  Are you doing any interesting thread-type things?  rjf

  3. sewpro | | #7

    Dear Milo- You say you can't afford to pay a professional. Can you afford to ruin your dress? I suggest that you call around and see if you can find a dressmaker who would be willing to help you. As a dressmaker, I did this once for a bride who wanted to make her own dress. I charged her by the hour and she came with a notebook and took detailed notes as I told her what to do. I also helped her to fit the gown. When she reached the end, I rescued her by finishing the hem and a few other details. Maybe you cna find someone who has a heart for teaching and can negotiate a price that you can afford. Good luck!

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