Post # 1
Hi, I need some advice on where to have my dress altered. I bought my dress online after I had tried it on at a local boutique. My question now is where am I suppose to have it altered. Can I take it to a bridal salon that I did not purchase from and ask for alteration services there? I really want to know if this is possible because I feel that they would do a better job since wedding dress alterations is what they do on a daily basis. I know I can take it to a local tailor, but I don’t know if it would be the same. Please advise. Has anyone done this?
Post # 3
I was in a similar situation and called around to a few of the bridal salons around me. They all had the same response. They only altered dresses purchased from their store. They did refer me to a few local seamstresses. You could always just call and ask if they do and if they could refer you to someone. Also try posting on your local boards on the knot forums.
Post # 4
I bought my dress in a different state than where I am living now (bought in Michigan, living now in Chicago), but I found a fabulous seamstress through the Knot who does primarily wedding gowns to take my dress to. She’s also done dresses for my wedding planner and my friend and did a fabulous job — even though my friend’s dress was about 3 sizes too big for her since it was a sample. If you’re in Chicago, I can pass on her name 🙂
Post # 5
I’m in Chicago and will need my dress altered. Do you think you can give me the name of your seamstress? Please email me at lisa.oct2009(at)gmail.com.
Post # 6
Generally the person who does alterations for the bridal salon is not their employee – she also does other work. So if you look around for a seamstress with bridal gown experience, it’s entirely possible that she is also doing work for a salon. However, since the salon’s business is primarily selling dresses rather than getting work for their contract seamstress, of course they aren’t going to let you use their shop space to have your alterations done. Just look for a seamstress who has bridal gown experience. You may have to make a few phone calls. Many seamstresses leave their cards at dry cleaners – if you can find a few dry cleaners who do archival work with wedding gowns they can probably refer you to a seamstress who does wedding gown alterations.
Post # 7
Mochiko, I’m in Chicagoland, so please pass on the info! I’m at [email protected]. Thanks!
Post # 8
Mochiko, I am in chicago. Please pass along the info. [email protected]