(Closed) Alterations in Philly Area?

posted 10 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My seamstress works out of her house in Chadds Ford. I found her through the bridal salon where I got my dress (Jennifer’s in Hockessin). It may be a bit of a hike for you though. Let me know if you’d like her info!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Our backyard!

Yikes, if you don’t mind me asking, how much did she quote you for alteration costs?  I didn’t even ask, because I’m a wuss and I was scared of what I’d hear.  I just wanted to go to someone reliable no matter the cost because I needed a lot of work done and my dress fabric is super fragile.  Plus I figured I could allow myself to splurge since my dress was under $40 bucks haha.  I was budgeting for over $200, but I hope it’s less than $500.  *deep sigh*

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I got married 6/7/8 and used Nilah for my alterations. Total was $380 for cleaning antique veil + sewing comb ($50), letting out seam allowances and re-beading top, bustle (2-layer french at $10 per point or $120),and hemming (easy job w/o a lace border or anything like that).

To be honest, I wasn’t pleased with the end result. While Nilah herself has a great eye and is good at "fixing" dresses stylistically, the quality of her workroom was not up to my expectations. On my second fitting (1 week before wedding), I was disappointed to discover they had taken in the top by adding badly positioned darts that gave me cone boobs rather than taking it in at the princess seams. I saw Nilah pin the darts, but I thought she was just measuring how much needed to be taken in at the seams–instead, these darts were sewn in place as is.  To correct the problem, I requested the extra material be taken in on the seam allowance was well as hemming the crinoline so I would not trip on it.

When I picked up my dress the day before my wedding, Nilah had fixed the "boobage" problem. But she did not hem my crinoline as I asked (and she had me try on the dress in a carpeted room so I didn’t notice this had not been done) and the beading at the top STARTED COMING OFF BEFORE I EVEN LEFT HER SHOP. At this point, I "let go" and just took the dress as is. I lost a good 6-8" of beadwork by the time the reception was over.

At the reception, I did trip on my crinoline (and rip it). Also, my bustle was too long by 2-3" on the sides. While all the rings held, it was too long to dance in (and Nilah was aware that I needed "waltz length"). My wedding coordinator had to put in 2 more bustle points using safety pins just so I could do my first dance.

I did price another seamstress recommended in Delaware but she was even more expensive than Nilah.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Our backyard!

oh dearie, that worries me. why was the 2nd fitting so late in the game?  that makes me a nervous little bumblebee.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

 Janette Weldon did my alterations and the cost was around $320 for 4 fitting sessions. She took in a lot of the dress and created a lovely french bustle. She lives in Media and here’s her number  610-566-2537. 

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Hi Miss Candycorn,

Second fitting was so late because of a miscommunication between us. I travel a lot, and I was going to be out of town. I thought I told Nilah when I would be back so she would know when to have my dress ready. She thought I would call her when I got home from my trip.

I don’t hold Nilah responsible for the lateness of my dress fittings at all. It was my mistake to wait so late. I would have them fix the beading if I had more time. I live 45-minutes drive from Nilah, and I simply couldn’t wait for her to fix it or make a return visit.

I’m sure if you are more proactive than I was, you will not have a problem with lateness. Just examine the quality of the work before you take the dress home.

Miss Ruffles

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