What to expect at my second fitting?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 5
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258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@TwoStatesBride:  I’m not 100% certain, but I think it would make sense that they would have everything pinned, rather than stitched, until your final fitting, to make sure your size doesn’t change at all. If they stitched it, and you gained or lost 10 pounds, they may have to take it apart and restitch it. This way they can make sure they are on the right track without comprimising the integrity of the gown with multiple sizings. 

Good luck! 

Post # 7
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1243 posts
Bumble bee

@TwoStatesBride:  For my second fitting, the dress was shortened, however the inside layers were unfinished. He’d brought in the sides, but had not finished the edge along the top. The bustle was done for me to look at. 

We discussed the fit, and the length was perfect, but I wanted it brought in more on the sides. This is not unusual, which is why they don’t finish it for the second fitting (they’d just have to do it a second time)

Yesterday was my final fitting, and he had brought it in and all the seams and edges were finished.  I’m having him sew on my sash, and today he’ll drop it off at the salon to be steamed.

Post # 9
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1243 posts
Bumble bee

@TwoStatesBride:  I wouldn’t stress too much. You have lots of time.  My dress will be finished today, and I’m getting married on Saturday. It’s never a bad thing when the finishing touches are done the week before the wedding–you know that it will fit you perfectly.

I’m not sure the set up where your seamstress works, but there was pretty much no where for me to practice walking around in it.   His shop is rather small.

Post # 10
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3736 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@TwoStatesBride:  I’ve been going once a month for fittings since April. I bought the sample dress and it was a size 12, and I am much smaller than a 12. I’ve now had 5 fittings and it still hasn’t been properly stitched and is just basted for now. Nothing to worry about 🙂

Post # 12
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3736 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@TwoStatesBride:  Basting is like quick, sloppy stitches. There arent any pins in the bodice of my dress, but my hem is still safety-pinned in place rather than being sewn on. I’m actually grateful that the hem isn’t finished because I’m still debating wearing flats! Lol

Post # 15
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Interesting!  I do wedding gown alterations (hence the name) and I’ve never presented an unfinished gown at the second fitting.  In fact, I try to only have two fittings.  Occasionally an adjustment will need to be made at the second fitting, but that’s rare.  I guess different places do it differently.  I don’t see the point of a first fitting, though, if you’re not going to actually do the work afterwards. 

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