Post # 1
I have this little problem. Im wearing my grandma’s wedding dress so its vintage and old and VERY big on me (Im a size 2 and the dress is probably nearly a 6 or 8!) so it needs to get taken in a pulled up and all sorts and hemmed. The deal is im moving to a new state in a week and a half (due to military) and I know they wont finish it by then (im making appointment this week) but what im worrieda bout is if they mess it up and when I get it back in a couple months it wont fit right then what would i do? Does that happen a lot or can they get it usually the first time???
The place im getting it done at always got good reviews (online at least) and they have worked with vintage dresses before… im just worried.
Also I forgot to ask how much they charge and im SO worried (ill be happy if its less then $300). Its one layer and very simple can you guys give me sort of an estimate/guess on how much it might end up being??? : ) I know everywhere is different but id still like your input!
Post # 3
Try not to stress – make sure they clip and pin everything while you’re wearing the dress so you know the exact changes that will be made. Since you didn’t say everything that will be altered, I can’t estimate the price.
My costs –
Creating and adding straps: $40
Trimming the train (took a few inches off the overlay to create matching straps) : $20
One point bustle: $15
Post # 4
I don’t know about the first half of your post, as my dress is the first thing I’ve ever had altered (aside from getting straps shortened on a dress nearly ten years ago).
As for the cost, here’s how mine went.
I had it shortened (floor to tea-length), sweetheart neckline, removed the sash and had it taken in at the bust and let out at the waist and removing the crinoline. I also (at the second fitting) asked her to fix up the jacket I’ll be wearing (the back of it is sheer and very pretty, but the way it was sewn, it poofed out in this little pooch type thing, so she’s fixing it so that it doesn’t happen). The total came to $120.
She turned it into a completely different dress, which is exactly what I needed / wanted. It was a simple dress, to be sure (one layer, no beading or embroidery, no lace), so it was very easy to make changes without having to worry about the integrity of the design or fabric itself.
Post # 5
I might be worried,only because you can’t alter a dress that is so much bigger- you have to take it apart and rebuild it.
I would guess that would be more than 300$. You might want to call before they start and see what their estimate is.
Eta: I had a side bustle created, applique added to hide the bustle, the dress shortened, and some layers hemmed back. It was very simple and $250.
Post # 6
Also, make sure you don’t poke yourself on any of the pins. I managed to get myself three times at my second fitting. THREE! How in the world…? And then I bled on my dress. It was super. She got it out, but just be careful! It’s easy to forget there are pins when you’re moving around to see how it feels and gesturing to show what you want done. It’s quite possible that I’m the only one brilliant enough to manage this, but just a word to the wise. 😀
Post # 7
Can you pay them for whatever work they’ve already done, then take the dress with you and get it finished where you’re moving?
Post # 8
If the place has a good reputation then there’s nothing to worry about!
I made sure to find a place with good reviews. I had my dress taken in quite a bit, the first fitting revealed that more needed to be taken in more under the bust. This is why there are several fittings and the dress is completely ready several weeks before your wedding day.