- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
I’m having a bit of a dilemma about my wedding dress, and I’m hoping one of you Bees might be able to help. Here it is:
I bought my wedding dress at a Running of the Brides event in Boston last summer and have been starting to think about alterations.The alterations are very minor since the dress fits almost perfectly. It needs to be taken in a bit around my chest and bustled. Also, one ‘button’ (if that’s what you call it) is also missing from the line down the back of the dress.
At first, I started calling local bridal shops in Nazareth, PA, but most (if not all) told me they would not alter a dress not purchased at their store. I can sort of understand this, but now I am not sure what to do.
In December, my fiance’s friend offered to have his mother alter the dress. So, I let her take a look at it figuring no harm, no foul in looking. After the fact, though, I regretted it. She’s altered dresses before, but never wedding dresses–and, when she was looking at the dress on me, she started talking about how lace that lays on top of the seams would need to be CUT in order to take it in at my chest!! I was so shocked, especially considering I expected the alterations to be pretty straightforward.
She suggested I come back to her in February, but I am very hesitant to. I’m sure that my beautiful dress (which I absolutely adore!) can be altered without cutting through the lace and disfiguring it!
I’ve been looking for a good, recommended seamstress, but I’m not having much luck! I’m flexible in terms of where I can go. I live in South Orange, NJ, but work in NYC and am also home to see my family in PA a lot of weekends.
I’ve seen a couple of good ratings for Fashions by Anne in Bethlehem, but I’m not sure. On the very off chance, has anyone been there?? Or does anyone have any other suggestions–in the Lehigh Valley, near South Orange?? I’d prefer not to bring my dress into the city, but will if necessary. Also, I’m on a budget.
Can anyone of you Bees help me?
Thank you so much in advance!