Post # 1
Let me preface this post with:
My seamstress is awesome. She’s wonderful- she’s awesome at what she does, she’s great to be around- I do have complete confidence in here.
But- she’s a human, and mistakes happen. My dress has tons of tulle in the skirt- it’s layers and layers. Afte she took in the sides of my bodice, she was sewing it back up. Without her knowledge, a top later of tulle got stuck in there. Unfortunately the needle ripped the tulle a bit. About 2 inches.
It’s hard to explain how it happened- but the way it happened, she couldn’t even tell until I put the dress on again.
I know she feels bad. She didn’t get defensive (which I appreciate)- and just said that she’s so sorry- she is SO careful that she just can’t believe she did that.
She found a way to tuck to tulle over just a bit and cover it up- there’s really no way to repair tulle once it’s ripped/snagged.
Overall, I’m not too worried- I think she will be able to make it look nice. That said, it’s still slightly different than the dress I purchased.
I was very kind and calm about the whole thing- I basically told her as long as she can work magic, I’m not going to fret.
Would you ask for a discount?
She didn’t offer one outright- which I don’t blame her– it’s best to think about things before you make promises or open your mouth. But just because she hasn’t offered one, doesn’t mean she won’t.
She’s so kind– but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sort of sad that it happened.
Post # 3
@MrsEME: Well, how apparent is it that the dress has changed because of the tear? It sounds like she did a good job of covering it up.
I’m a seamstress, and in that position I would probably offer a small discount. I would certainly be willing to give one– maybe $15, or 5-10%, depending on how much the alterations came to– if I did that.
Ask her, nicely. She probably feels bad, but of course sewing is her income and if she did a good job concealing the tear (which is a small tear), she is probably not going to immediately offer a discount on her own. If you ask, I imagine she would be fine with giving you a small discount.
Post # 4
@MrsEME: I think it depends. If she fixes it and it looks great I would probably just live with it. if it looks less than great then I would be expecting a discount. if she doesn’t offer one ( which she very well might when you go to pay) I would ask for one. It seems like she is a nice person and it was an honest mistake that she is doing her best to fix, so I would go by how well she fixes it.
Post # 5
@Moonbear17: I agree with both of you- so let me ask you this:
I already know she’s going to do a great job covering it up- she really is great. The only “problem” is this: it’s going to slightly change the dress. Yes, admittedly, it’s going to be slight (in essence it will loose some of it’s “puff” by folding over)–I know it will look “quality”- and I can’t say much about it until I go back next week— but I’m just afraid it will be one of those details where it will lose a little charm- lose a little reason why I fell in love with it. So then what? I appreciate that her work will be quality, but if it’s not the same dress I bought (which was $1k)- then it might make me sad….then what’s appropriate?
Keep in mind- I am very fair– so I am keeping a very open mind until I see it.
Post # 6
@MrsEME: a rip in tulle can be mended but that may not be her expertise as it is very difficult. Maybe you can see if any other tailor specializes in that aspect of dresses
Post # 7
@babypearls: +1 I think it is possible to repair torn tulle, there’s a technique called invisible mending which can work wonders. I would call around to some of the best bridal/couture seamstresses in your area and get some second opinions. Is it too late to stop your seamstress from doing what she plans to do to hide the tear?
In response to your original question – yes, I would probably expect/ask for a small discount.