Any experts on alterations? Having a slight meltdown.

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3649 posts
Sugar bee

MelBan:  Two-time MOB here. And I heard what you said, at every gown store: “The store told me I needed to order a size up from what I tried on due to it being a store sample and stretched out.”<br />They did it to my 1st daughter to marry, and she had to have the top section taken-in 2 times. When we got around to my 2nd daughter getting married, I put my foot down.

P.S. Your dress doesn’t seem to be overly intricate, or beaded, on the top. I don’t see any reason why any good seamstress couldn’t take it in correctly.

Post # 3
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

What a terrible woman! wow! Absolutely you just picked someone who sucks. Find another seamstress and I’m sure everything will be fine. I’m so sorry this happened to you.

Post # 4
109 posts
Blushing bee

Your dress is beautiful and I’m sure it will look gorgeous on you! You just need to find a good seamstress who can do the job without putting you down!!! 

Post # 5
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

MelBan:  Wow. That seamstress straight up sucks. It’s for the best that she sent you somewhere else, because she is clearly not a person who should be working with people or wedding dresses. You’ll find a competent seamstress and everything will be okay! My maid of honor got married a year before me and her seamstress had to do a number on her dress! My MOH is a size 8 through the hips and a size 2 in the bust, so she had to order the size 8 gown and have the bust altered. She looked fabulous and you’d never guess she had so many alterations done to the dress. It can be done! 🙂

Don’t stress about what this nasty alterations lady said to you. You are going to look great in your gown and you will find someone who not only knows what they are doing, but knows how to interact with people in a positive way.

Here’s the size 8 to size 2 top:<br />

Post # 6
1397 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You will be fine.  I had to order a dress in a size 8 to fit my hips/thighs but the top part of me is small like a size 4 so they took out a ton to make the top fit and it was not a problem at all.  Add a built in bra and some padding and you will be fine.  Remember you want it to be comfortable and to stay up and most seamstresses can do that without a problem.  You just picked a bad apple.

Post # 7
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

That is awful!  It’s a beautiful dress and doesn’t look like it should be too hard to alter.  I hope your new seamstress is helpful.  Try searching on Yelp for reviews of her as well as others.  I’m sure you can find someone good!  In fact, while you’re on Yelp write a negative review of that seamstress.  How ridiculous!

Post # 8
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

dresses can be taken in or let out 2 whole sizes. Im sure a better and more polite seamstress will fi it perfectly for you!!!! I wouldn’t worry. Any dress can be taken in. If its reallllllly big the alteration fee might be pretty high, but from the sounds of it it’s not like you’re swimming in it. Fear not!

Post # 10
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MelBan:  go somewhere else. She clearly doesnt know what she is doing, isnt comfortable or doesnt want to do the work. Go somewhere else. It is so possible to have it taken in. 

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