Do I need 3 fittings?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@afake79:  I think it depends on both how many alterations your dress needed and also who your seamstress is.  My seamstress does 4-5 for every wedding dress and I am happy that she does because it is fitting perfectly!  So, I think 3 sounds reasonable!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@afake79:  It was more just the way that my seamstress explained it, as a process.  Everything she touches affects the way the dress may fit somewhere else, so she does it in steps.  For me it has worked.  Are you opposed to going more than once?  I am not sure why 3 times would be an issue?

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@afake79:  I only had two. Once to take in the dress at the bust and do the bustle and the second appointment was to make sure it fit and show us how to bustle it.

You don’t have to do 3 if your dress fits perfectly and you have no issues with it, but if she touches anything or makes any changes, even small, I would consider a 3rd one very strongly.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@afake79:  Based on the items that you mentioned that you need done, I think that 3 appointments sounds reasonable.  I would go with what she says that you need!  You want to look your best on your wedding day!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had one. Went in the first time to see what needed to be done. She took up the straps and added a hook to the illusion back, and then came in and tried it on to make sure it fit. Then it was done! But mine were super easy alterations. If something needed to be taken in, or hemmed, it probably would have taken more.

Picture of me at the fitting, getting the shoulders pinned so the back would lay properly:

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I only had two! The initial, and a try-on to double-check that everything was perfect!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@afake79:  Thank you! 🙂 Hopefully your fitting will go smoothly as well! And don’t worry if it takes more than one fitting. Whatever it takes to get you dress looking perfect!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve had two fittings so far.  One for the hem (what can I say, i’m 5’2 and these dresses are made for someone much taller than me lol), one for the bustle (it turned out to be more complicated than expected due to the layers of tulle and lace overlay.  I got back in Feb/March for my next fitting to take the corset bodice in a size and a half.  Hopefully I’ll be good after that!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@afake79:  

I had 3 fittings with the seamstress. The first fitting was to take measurements for taking in the bodice, and the second fitting was for minor adjustments where needed. Think of it like fine tuning. She also did the hem and bustle at the second appointment because the drape and fall of the material would change after the bodice was taken in. The last one was to make sure it looked perfect (and teach my sister how to do up the bustle)! And then I took my precious dress home 🙂

It’s fairly standard to have several fittings for any tailored or bespoke clothing, but of course, if it fits perfectly after just one fitting, there is no need to do more. I would say to make sure you have enough time to schedule 3 fittings in case they are needed, but you might not need do any more.

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