Post # 1
Ok, so I just have one question. The bridal shop where I bought my wedding dress has their own seamstress that they work with. I had looked at her prices and she seemed very reasonable. But I had a fitting with her and she pinned my dress etc, once I changed she had configured the price and was way over the price guide quoted on her pamphlet!
I don’t need much done to my dress – the bust is too big and the bottom of the dress needs to be shortened, it’s too long.
The owner of the bridal salon said that if I wanted my dress altered elsewhere then that’s fine but she would have to take the pins out of my dress before giving it back to me. This sounds rather petty to me, I know the seamstress pinned a few pins but she also over-quoted me. The dress is mine it’s completely paid for too… I just don’t want someone ripping the pins out! I want to know if this is normal?
Post # 3
@HeatherLM: From my experience working at a bridal salon that had an in-house seamstress, it is normal for the seamstress to remove pins if you decide not to have alterations done with them. I saw this happen for a couple different reasons. The seamstress needs to protect the quality of her work by removing the pins. If she leaves the pins in and the other seamstress uses her work as a guide and something goes wrong the previous seamstress could potentially be liable because she did technically alter the gown by leaving the pins in. We also had an instance when our seamstress had pinned a custom bustle that was her own design that she didn’t want being used by someone else.
Not to defend that particular seamstress, but sometimes prices can vary from the standard prices because of the dress. Our seamstress charged for things based on the amount of time it would take her to sew whatever you were having done. Some dresses are just more complicated than others and sometimes a seamstress can’t really know the level of work involved until they have you pinned and can assess the amount of work.
Without knowing what your dress looks like it’s hard for me to say whether or not you are justified in saying that taking in the bust and the hem is not a lot of work. Sometimes these things can be a lot more complicated than you realize.
Again, these are just things I learned from working at a bridal salon and from watching our seamstress work with and pin many brides, and also hearing her take on things.