Post # 1
I think many of you, like me, are getting your gown made. My questions is, when should I expect my first fitting to be scheduled? How many months in advance? I have a lot of beading detail and want to make sure that it is just right. But should that all be done by the time I first have my fitting? what exactly goes on at that time? My dressmaker said 3 months in advance, but my sister is insisting that this is too late. Is she right?
Post # 3
If you are having your dress custom made, the first fitting would be a very rough version of your dress. Much of the detail work is done towards the end. 3 months is actually ample time as many seamstress and tailors don’t want to do it any sooner for fear that last minute weight changes would result in more work (and believe me 99% of brides do tend to lose weight weeks before a wedding from stress and running around).
Just so you have an idea, I ordered a premade gown in October, was told it would not come in until Late December…called in December and scheduled my first fitting for Late January. I did tell the lady that my wedding was at the end of February just in case she ran into any problems I would have about a month’s time to fix it….so my suggestion would be to tell your person, if you haven’t already that your wedding is anywhere 3 weeks and earlier from the actual date, that way if something comes up, you’re not left scrambling.
Oh and you should not expect the dress to be perfect at the first fitting…a few loose beads here and there is normal. Just be sure at the last fitting you inspect the dress thoroughly as once you walk out with it, it’s a done deal.
Post # 4
I had an end-of-May wedding, and did my "final fitting" at the end of March. The shop actually would’ve scheduled it for beginning of May, except that I wanted to do the fitting the same day as my hair/makeup trial (so I could see the complete look all together), and the makeup artist said I should do my trial at the end of March.
My first fitting (to take measurements) was in Jan. the year BEFORE (which was when I picked it)…so, like 16 months prior? Which is a little crazy.
I think it depends on your shop and how confident you feel that they’ll be done in a timely fashion, and how accurate you feel they’ll be in between. Just think about the steps that won’t be completed until you do the final fitting (hem, possibly bust, any detailing that might have to move — beads, etc.); if you have a lot, go earlier, not so many? You can probably wait.
Post # 5
i’m just starting mine at 9 months in advance..
Post # 6
thank you, ladies. i am going to see if I can get it a little earlier. I amy be being a little paranoid, but I also don’t know if I totally trust this place because I haven’t really heard about how much they take on their final work. thanks again!
Post # 7
I’m so glad to hear of more custom gown brides. My friend who had my wedding gown made is in the fashion industry and like Miss Bluebear said, 3 months is enough time. Mine was exactly 3 months before the wedding. The seamstress times it so that it’s literally done the week of your wedding due to weight changes and mostly to keep the dress looking new. Most important about alterations is after it’s "messed with", it will look "worn" and that’s something they want to avoid. Also, the sooner you have it, the more time for it to get DIRTY. Yes, brides tend to lose alot of weight even up to the very week of the wedding. I had to eat consistently so not to lose weight. Since the gown is custom fitted, any major fluctuations in weight will change the way the dress fits around your chest and that’s one of the most important features. The beading on my dress was done the last 3 weeks leading up to the wedding. Your very first fitting is going to be a really rough sample of your dress so don’t be shocked and don’t worry. Refer back to my first fitting as an example. As for the beading on your dress that you want ‘just right’. Is someone hand beading it or is it being sent out? If it’s being sent out, get a photocopy of what the pattern will look like or look verrrry similar to. If it’s being handbeaded, there’s really not much you can do about it once it’s beaded. It’s like she can undo it and redo it because now the fabric has a bunch of punctures in it.
Let us know how it goes! I’d love to see it.
Post # 8
My second and third fittings are on this page. I believe I stopped blogging about it after that in case Mr. Snow Pea was reading. I never actually tried on my final wedding gown until the night before our wedding. I think the final fitting of the purple gown which was the sample gown used was the week before the wedding. Your final fitting should be no later than a week before the wedding.