Post # 1
I live in Wilmington, NC, and I am looking for a good, affordable seamstress. I bought my dress in PA (where I am originally from), so getting alterations done there is not an option. I have not been able to find many options in the Wilmington, NC area for a seamstress. I am looking to get a corset back put into my dress, in addition to having it hemmed and taken in on the sides.
Any recommendations for a seamstress in the area would be very helpful! I am even willing to travel to Raleigh, so I welcome your recommendations there, too! 🙂 Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
WilmyGirl: hey I’m in Wilmington too. I don’t have my dress yet but anticipate I’ll need a seamstress. I have good contact in the fashion industry who has talked about a seamstress that can convert any dress. I’ll Facebook her and get the contact info.
Post # 3
WilmyGirl: I’m a coastal NC girl, I made the 3.5 hr drive (twice!) to Raleigh for alterations with Olga. She’s apparently THE alterations lady in NC and she’s AMAZING. It’s hard to get an appointment with her, people basically book her as soon as they buy the dress before it even comes in. She really is fantastic at what she does. She’s this little old Russian lady who works from her home but the reviews online are endless!!!
I had a lace dress, and she alterted my straps, brought in the sides to give it more shape, added cups to even out my (large!!!) chest, and the changed my visible zipper to an invisible zipper and then moved the buttons around so they looked better.
ETA: She was amazing working with me being so far away. I basically got to her place first thing in the morning, put the dress on, and then I spent the day shopping and waiting for her to call. She did alterations THAT DAY and I came back that afternoon for round two. I then left my dress with her, and came back two weeks later after she did the final fixes.
Post # 4
starfish0116: I found out months back that good seamstresses book up fast! I called Olga a couple of weeks after ordering my dress. She was recommended by a friend (Olga did her sister’s wedding gown alterations). Unfortunately, she was too booked up to fit me in (and this was in March, for my November wedding!). I ended up going with Jo Ann James Couture in Raleigh. Her reviews are excellent on several sites (mostly, if not all, are 5/5 stars), and has 40+ years experience. I just had my first fitting on Saturday. She is super sweet, and I am completely confident she will do a great job. 🙂 As a side note, I found out at the fitting that the bra I thought would work with my dress actually won’t, and she recommended a bra shop in Raleigh that carries a specific bra (I am busty and need good support without affecting the shape). I was able to get it there that day, and it was one less thing I needed to add to my ever-growing wedding to do list! 🙂
Post # 5
fscarlett: Thanks for the info. I actually had to book a seamstress appointment early (my wedding is in November), and just had my first fitting on Saturday. I decided to go with Jo Ann James Couture in Raleigh. It is crazy that there is not a wider selection of seamstresses in Wilmington!
Post # 6
had mine done at the wedding dress shoppe in wilmington. Nothing other than hem and bustle but I was pleased