Altering size 10 top to size 8

homey_birdJune 26, 2011


I am generally much more active on kitchen and gardening forums but it's my first time posting on sewing forum.

I recently received a top with size 10, when I typically wear a size 8. The store has sold out on my size and I do not want to return it (the gift has a sentimental value attached to it).

Therefore, I am wondering if it is possible for me to easily alter it to size 8. Specifically, what areas will need changing? For example, will I need to fix arm hole size or will it be only around waistline?

I will likely get it professionally altered but wanted to get some expert advice regardless.

Thanks in advance!

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The top can be altered, but if you are not an experienced seamstress you may have difficulties.

Most likely it will need to be taken in at the sides, bustline and at the armholes.

Sometimes if something is way too big, it may have to be taken apart and completely cut down. In that case the alterations may cost more than the top itself.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 2:49PM
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Try it on and see where it's too big. Often a "size 8" woman can wear a 10 with no alterations at all.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 9:00PM
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I'd agree that you'd need to try it on. Every company had its own standard of fit. A ten in one company may be an 8 in another. The difference between missy sizes eight and ten is only two inches, at the bust waist and hip. Circumference of the sleeve doesn't vary nearly as much.

A "top" can be anything. There is absolutely no way to tell you how to alter it without seeing the style, and how it fits you.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 4:30AM
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