Post # 1
I bought my dress when I was out of town and had it shipped to me. Now I am looking for a seamtress who can do a nice job with my hem and bustle. Who do you reccommend in Rochester for Wedding dress alternations? (Prefer the East side if possiable)
Post # 3
I’m going to Jill Bates in East Rochester this week for my first fitting!. My aunt is a stemstress in the area, and recommended her.
Post # 4
Thansks! I will check her out 🙂
Post # 5
I called Jill Bates, and at that time (April 2009) should wouldn’t let me bring a dress in for a free quote/consultation. Instead, she sent me a brochure and in her brochure it indicated that she charges you for a quote if you don’t end up using her services. Plus, her prices were fairly steep, in my budget-minded opinion. (I bought my $800-retail dress on eBay for $420… I wasn’t about to pay another $350+ in alterations.)
I ended up going to Inna of Alis Designs in Pittsford. She was REALLY good, and affordable. I had my hem shortened (lace overlay over satin), straps shortened, cups added, bustle added, and waist taken in… all for $200.
I got another quote from a seamstress in Greece (I forget her name) also for $200–I went with Inna because she was a lot closer to my house.
I would highly recommend Inna. She came recommended to me from a friend who had her bridesmaid dress done there. One of my bridesmaids also had her dress done by Inna.
Here’s Alis Designs website: http://www.alisfashiondesign.com/
I was nervous looking for a seamstress, so if any Rochester brides want to PM me about this, please feel free! I’m glad to help!
Post # 6
Thanks for replying to this thread, beekeebear! I also am looking for someone to alter a gown in Rochester and your information was so helpful!
Do you remember where you got the quote in Greece?
Post # 7
Sure thing Jen0! The other seamstress I went to was Nadia. Here is her website: http://www.bridalalterationspecialist.com/index.html
As I said before, I got exact same quote and the same “good feeling” with Nadia, but with all else being the same, Inna was closer to home for me than Nadia.
If I remember correctly, she was in Greece… she was definitely on the NW side, whereas I live in Fairport, and Inna is in Pittsford.
Good luck–I’m happy to answer any other questions if I can help.