Alterations time for anyone else yet?

posted 3 years ago in May 2014
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@maydeco:  

That’s exciting! I feel like this makes the whole thing seem more “real” for some reason.

I just had my first appointment last weekend! I was very impressed with the lady who will be doing mine. She does it out of her basement, which I was kind of nervous about but she was so professional and sweet, I felt totally at ease. I’m short so my dress needed a lot of work; it’s too long, the waist is a little too big, and the bust is enormous. But I’m excited to see what the finished product looks like.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@maydeco:  Oh wow! I felt the exact same way. I had my first dress fitting yesterday and I honestly already had doubts about trusting my dress with anyone. Of course when I saw my dress I fell in love all over again but…… I couldnt even get it up my thighs! I started freaking out….Had to sit down and breathe for a few minutes. Then, I realized that I had to step in, which made it a little better after that. BUT STILL…… I was a little upset bc it looks as though, multiple people have had their hands on it 🙁 I have to go back in the next week for my second fitting, but I hope she gets it right because my bridal session is soon and she definitely made me nervous. I have to remember to breathe next time 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

So I took my dres in to a seamstress last night. I bought the sample gown and I don’t need many alterations! I am getting the cups raised because I am quite busty. She’ll be doing a hem and shortening the train. Other than that, I’m all good! I was told not to lose too much weight because of the corset back.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

@maydeco:  I had my first appt 2 weeks ago and my second is Mar 19. I was really worried too because I had to buy a sample (4 month engagement) and its a size 8 and I’m a size 0/2. But when my seamstress pinned it, I felt so beautiful, and I can’t wait to see her work her magic!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It must make it seem so real!  I have been in my dress once since it has come in, and while it fit in some areas it will need some alterations in a few places.  I really wanted to start my fittings as soon as the dress came in but my seamstress won’t do anything more than 60 days in advance.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

I just called today on this and was told to go by March 24 at the latest.  I just need the bust taken in and a bustle added.  How much are you all spending on alterations?  I was told the bustle will be $25, and the bust adjustment would be from 50-125 depending on what was needed.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@orchidblooms:  I was quoted anywhere between $100-$500 depending upon what is needed. 

My concern is I feel like I was pressured into ordering a size larger “since we can always take it in” as a guarantee for them to need to tailor the dress.  My dress is currently strapless but we did purchase additional lace to make cap sleeves if wanted, so that may have also been factored into the higher price.  Fingers crossed it’s on the lower end!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

@futureMRSjrs:  I hope it is for you too!  I ended up trying on a new dress that was on consignment…it still had tags, was never worn, and everything fits fine on me except the bust just needs to be sinched a bit.  I’m hoping it stays on the less expensive side too, but I agree, better bigger than smaller!

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@maydeco:  Yep, I had my first fitting Feb 2nd. My next and hopefully last will be Mar 8th if everything fits and looks well. I am so excited!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@maydeco:  I love your alterations guy’s response!  Yeah, I wouldn’t worry; they do this ALL of the time.  🙂

I had my first fitting last Wednesday, and my next (and probably final) fitting is March 12th.  I got 10% off for starting my alterations in February, so they ended up being about $265 instead of $300+.  I just really hope I my weight doesn’t fluctuate much in the 2 months between then and the wedding.  Eep!

@futureMRSjrs:  I ended up ordering one size, and then feeling that it would probably be too small so I called back and ordered one size bigger.  Well, I’ve lost weight since then, and even so, I can see that I would’ve needed side seam alterations for parts of the dress regardless.

Basically, unless the dress is made exactly to your body measurements, you’re probably going to need some adjustments, so I wouldn’t worry about them trying to rip you off.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@DomesticDiva:  Thanks for the vote of confidence!  It’s comforting hearing everyone else’s stories related to the sizing.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Just went for mine this past Sat! My dress needs to be taken in an inch on both sides…going back in 2 weeks for 2nd fitting!

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