Help to choose a place to get dress altered

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@gm234:  I have my first fitting in a month, but I did extensive google research and found a couple of independent seamstresses in my state that had very good WeddingWire reviews – that way I know they are good at specifically wedding dresses.

Post # 4
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@gm234:  I got two dresses for my wedding. My first dress was a beaded bodice Disney’s Belle dressmoth a cathedral train that I also extended by another 2 feet. My second dress was Allure 8966 mermaid fitte ruffles dress. 

For Belle, bc the bodice was heavily beaded with a lot of pretty threadwork and I knew the bodice definitely needs working on, I did it with the seamstress at Alfred Angelo. I found out the seamstress is suppose to be really good (but I’m sure they all say that). It was the fact that she had been doing it for so many years and she’s been with the company for many years I had trust in her. She also obviously worked on the Belle dress before on other people so she knows how to handle that dress. She was the only seamstress floating between all the AA stores. I felt the Belle dress was mOre complicated so I wanted to make sure whoever was working on it had worked on it before and was good. She did a great job but of course it cost me an arm, leg and kidney. 

For my mermaid dress it didn’t require that much work or wasn’t super complicated in my opinion. It needed to be taken in, hem, and bustle. The dress itself is pretty simple as well. My SO gma worked on it briefly (she is really good and has made wedding dresses,etc a long time ago). However, bc she was my SO gma it was hard to tell her how I really want things and my concern. She did an amazing job with the bustle but I wanted a professional eye to tell me what needed to be done vs what I told gma I needed done of that makes sense. My friend referred me to a seamstress (bc this bridal salon didn’t have a seamstress but referred me to the one across the street which is really good BUT she wanted my other limbs for it and I didn’t want to), this seamstress was really nice, not a small shop, it was definitely spacious but it wasn’t super crowded since it was a mom n pop place. She didn’t overbook me. Listened to how I felt, put in her input and had mirrors all around so I could see every angle of my dress. Pinned it up and showed me. I wasn’t rushed at all. At AA bc it’s the same seamstress for the whole company she only was at a store once a week so when I went it was always packed. My second dress came out amazing as well. 


So bottom line talk to the seamstress to make sure u are ok with her and her experience and maybe see how much work and how complicated it is? Good luck!

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