Post # 1
So my dress, which I affectionally call “the beast” is a princess style dress with a HUGE skirt. Honestly, probably at least over a metre radius, then the train. 14 layers of fabric and tulle and the top most layer organza. Frigging organza. Apparently you need special machines to hem organza. I found a dress alterations shop (after going to three) that could do it. It cost a pretty penny.
I’ve also decided to take in the sleeves, which I only decided I’d be able to afford recently. I went to go do this this past weekend. Now, I know these seamstresses work on wedding dresses every day. It is their job and expertise. However, when I saw my sleeves on my dress all taken apart (to access the boning) … my heart skip a beat. I know they’ll do their job and I won’t even know it was done. But I’m still SO nervous.
Anyone else get anxious about alterations?
Post # 3
i am definitely nervous about mine! i don’t need much alteration, but want to make my straight-across neckline into a sweetheart, so if the seamstress cut the sweetheart wrong or bad or whatever, it’ll pretty much ruin my dress since the neckline is pretty much the focal point of a wedding gown!
Post # 4
@TingTing: The beading on the sleeves are all interconnected with the beading on the neckline. That is part of what has me nervous, they had to remove much of the beading to open the sleeves. If it isn’t sewn back on correctly it won’t match the neckline.
I don’t care if it doesn’t look perfect at the back. But at the front, it is so important it matches up.
Post # 5
uh oh! I have been getting anxious lately…..because my dress is also organza and I keep reading about the issues involved with it. Is it true some wrinkles in organza will never come out? AGH!
Post # 6
@musthavedietcoke: that was what I was told. The dress shop is going to try to press it to see if it helps. Whatever you do, don’t steam. Apparently it causes the organza and crinolin to turn hard.
Post # 7
Oh my gosh, I am so obsessive about my dress. I am super paranoid about alterations. I actually didn’t get any. I just dropped it off to get pressed and that freaked me out!
Post # 8
Your alterations will be fine as long as you work with a professional seamstress that also posses the proper sewing machines.
Shop around and you will be a beautiful bride with you wonderful gown.
Post # 9
I am nervous about mine too!
My seamstress kept saying “there is so much fabric!” repeatedly while trying to figure out my bustle. (5 foot layered tool train)
I get to see the final product tomorrow (2nd fitting) so I am hoping I will be more calm after I see her again tomorrow!
Post # 10
@FMM: let me know how it goes 🙂 This was my second fitting, they have hemmed the upmost layer to the right length, the finicky organza. But they hadn’t dealt with the copious amounts of tulle yet. I’ll get to see the finished product at the end of August.