Post # 1
I am afraid I am going to choose someone who will completely butcher my dress, and there’s no time to get a new one. At the very least, I am going to need a bustle and an alteration to the neckline of my dress, but I’ll probably also end up needing it taken in at the waist.
Was anyone else terrified about taking their dress in for alterations? Did anyone’s dress actually wind up getting mangled in a way that couldn’t be fixed?
Post # 3
@EffieTrinket: As long as you choose someone with experience altering wedding/bridesmaids dresses I am sure it will be fine. You can also ask them to pin it as an example to see how it looks and do it non-destructively (eg. don’t cut out the material until you are 100% sure it is what you want). As far as I know a bustle generally just involves adding some loops and buttons/hooks, so that is not going to wreck anything. Neckline alteration is also an easy fix in most cases. Taking it in should be no problem unless it is a super compliated dress.
So relax, you and your dress will be fine!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
I’d read online reviews to check they are okay before giving them my dress. It should be fine though.
Post # 5
@EffieTrinket: I was definitely terrified, but I went online and found someone with a ton of great reviews on her work and she didn’t disappoint! 🙂
Post # 6
@EffieTrinket: I actually wasn’t terrified because I went to a seamstress with tons of experience on formal dresses with great reviews! In fact, I’d only heard one bad review, where she cut a girls prom dress too short, but the girl hadn’t worn her shoes when they measured the hemline. So I thought as long as I made sure to wear my shoes it would be okay.. But I was sooo wrong. The dress was too short and all over was a butch job. It was bad and I just got a new dress from Etsy. It’s much better and was way cheaper.
Post # 7
@pengoala: The trouble is, not many people in the area I am looking at even HAVE online reviews, and the ones that do have less than a dozen, and some of them sound a little *too* good, if you know what I mean.
Post # 8
The lady I used only had a few Yelp reviews, but she was fabulous. She actually has a background designing wedding gowns, so she had great ideas and I could tell from the get go that she know what she was talking about.
Don’t be afraid to walk out of a place if you get bad vibes from a seamstress. But ultimately you do just have to hand over your dress and trust, which can be scary!
Post # 9
I just went in last weekend for my first fitting. $400 later I’m having an inch taken in everywhere and a few inches in the hem. Also the bustle. The alterations almost cost as much as the dress!!
That shiz better fit when I pick it up!
Post # 10
@EffieTrinket: My alterations aren’t done yet (I am getting it hemmed and taken in a little more) but so far so good. I liked the lady at the dress shop from the beginning and heard a lot of great things about her. Although my dress really didn’t need anything too crazy so I think that made me feel better.
All you can do is do some research before you pick and try to ask around for people who have maybe used that person’s services. Good luck!
Post # 11
Oh, she is also putting bra padding in and adding a broach on the waist
Post # 12
I was scared crapless. I’m picking up my dress tonight. I was so clueless on where to go but thank god my Maid/Matron of Honor got married in October because I just went to her alterations lady. She explained to me that she didn’t want to do everything in one because taking in the dress in the waist (and letting it out in the chest) was going to change the length on me. She won me over right then and there.
Post # 13
I used the lady my store recommended. I was completely nervous the lace on my dress would be completely ruined. When I walked into my first appointment she was sitting there working on a lace dress. It totally calmed my fears. She’s altered the entire top of my dress and had to take about 4 inches off the front (totally taking off all the lace and putting back on afterwards). It looks awesome! So maybe see if where you bought the dress has someone they send people to?
Post # 14
I used the woman recommended by the store also. I just had my first fitting a week or so ago and I too am altering my neckline. I showed her what I wanted and she said “ok, I’m going to cut the dress now” and chopped the neckline right out. She kept reassuring me that it was ok! It turned out fine and I was confident in her abilities anyway, but I could see why you would be nervous!
If you are really nervous then spend a lot of time discussing with her exactly what you want and set very clear guidelines. She should want to do a good job also but neither of you will be happy without good communication and clearly expressed intentions.
Post # 15
You could call a few bridal salons and see who they recommend. Usually a boutique will have a recommendation that they know does quality work, hence why they always recommended them. Of course, not an in-house seamstress, but an independent one.