Seamstress suggestions?

posted 3 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
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999 posts
Busy bee

@dazzlechild

 I definitely recommend Badri at Charm Boutique on Avenue Road. Here’s more info that comes up with a Google search (I don’t think she has a website): http://www.yelp.ca/biz/charm-boutique-toronto

She’s expensive ($400-$450) but she did the job well in a time crunch (I had to get a new dress after the first alterations place I went to ruined my first dress with 3 weeks to the wedding) – even though I had intricate beading all along the bust.

If you’re uncertain about the one you were referred to, I definitely recommend Badri. She’s pays great attention to detail and takes pride in her work.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@dazzlechild:  I highly recommend the seamstress at Belo Fashions Boutique on Roncesvalles. I didn’t purchase my wedding dress there, only the BM dresses, but had them do alterations, and they were great!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@dazzlechild:  I bought my dress at the same sample sale! 

Honestly, everyone and their brother has recommended Chris and Tina’s at… Parkway of all places!  I know, the mall is probably the worst in the city.  But everyone has prefaced the recommendation by saying that.  We’re talking 6 different women who don’t know each other have all said the same thing to me.  

I’m taking mine there, but not until Novemberish.  I need it for February next year. 

Post # 7
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2421 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@dazzlechild:  They’ll do it even if you didn’t buy it there. One of those recommendations came from a coworker who just had alterations there the first time she went (a BM dress bought elsewhere.)  So she took her daughter there for her formal dress a few years later.  The daughter is now hell bent on buying her wedding dress there. 

With the formal dress they asked how long it would take.  The seamstress looked at the dress and said “Well, do you have an hour?”  

I haven’t taken mine in yet.  It’s so far away and I only need the halter shortened by about an inch and the bustle put in.  I may have them put in bra cups as well, but it looks fine without a bra now… so maybe not.  I go up and down in size easily, and I’m at the top end of where I sit, so I’m going to wait until closer to the wedding to get the alterations done, in case I go down a bit and need a little more done. 

Everyone has told me that they were really reasonable though, price-wise.  And all the alterations are done on-site in the back. 

Post # 8
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433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@sostobe:  This is really helpful! I live in Toronto as well, but the store I bought my dress from is in Milton and I don’t want to have to keep driving out there every time I have a fitting. I’m only about 10 minutes from Parkway Mall. Thanks!

Post # 10
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266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

@dazzlechild:  I’m taking mine to Irene’s Studio on Bayview. I’ve had similar experience as sostobe in that she has been recommended by several people, none of which knew each other. 

I am not taking my dress there until June but so far she has been very friendly and accomodating to work with and answer my questions.

Post # 12
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266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@dazzlechild:  My wedding is August 2nd. I called Irene last week to ask when to book in and she said no more than 6-8 weeks ahead. She explained there will be 3 fittings in total with the final one being days before the wedding.

I made the first appointment for mid-June.

Post # 13
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266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I should add that I’m sure you can have the dress altered earlier than 6-8 weeks but if you are worried about your weight or body shape changing at all then i’d aim to keep it as close to the wedding date as possible. 

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