Post # 1
Well, I took my dress to a place for alterations that came highly recommended. I went back today for first fitting, they were supposed to hem it, take in @ the bustline, and bustle. They botched the hem!!!! They cut the overlay of my dress, it used to be a bit longer than the other layers, now it’s about an inch shorter! AND the hem is uneven; I’m no seamstress but I think I could have hemmed it straight!I didn’t know how much it meant to me (the dress) until I saw it; I was thinking “they cut my baby!” it seems ridiculous, but that’s what I thought. I don’t think it can be fixed; at best they’d have to replace a quarter panel, and try and duplicate beading. And I’m not sure they fixed the bodice properly either. I sort of lost it; when I go back I need to take someone else with me, b/c I got overwhelmed looking at it today.
I think that the hem can be fixed as far as straight line, but I don’t know about the other two issues.
Thanks for letting me vent that; life will go on, all will be well, but right now I am so unhappy.
Post # 3
I’m so sorry… you have every right to be upset. And definitely take someone else with you to get an honest second opinion. Did they at least agree there were things wrong with it?
Post # 4
Oh my gosh, that is so awful… Im so sorry
The place where I bought my dress warned me about this, but I didnt take them seriosly… I figured they just wanted my business and money. Now I am thinking twice about it.
Ugh, I hope they can fix it for you
Post # 5
im so sorry!! i would be devastated too and very angry!
Post # 6
You really should get your money back and take it somewhere else if the botched it as bad as it sounds.
Post # 7
I totally understand how you feel. I had one of mine taken in so much that I couldn’t even start to zip it up. I am still pissed. I am not sure that it is repairable so I have a backup plan.
Post # 8
Oh dang, I would have blown up right then and there… hope they fix it soon!!!! Hope for the best 🙂
Post # 9
Yikes! That’s terrible! I hope things work out for you… I think that even though the alterations at the place I bought my gown will be more expensive, I’ll still get them done there. At least if they screw up, I can probably get them to either fix it or order me a new dress… I’m so nervous about something like that happening to my gown! Again… I REALLY hope things work out somehow. 🙁
Post # 10
@karenski: I’m sorry…I got three dresses altered at three different places and had different issues with each of them. Good thing is you still have A LOT of time before the wedding and a lot can be fixed by then. I see you’re in SoCal. Do you mind sharing who did your alterations? Let me know if you need any other recommendations.
Post # 11
that’s awful! i hope it can be fixed=(
Post # 12
Oh, that’s terrible! can you bring it elsewhere for a “second opinion”? If a new seamstress agrees, you could bring something in writing back to the first place and INSIST they pay for the dress, so that you can get another. Even if you don’t have time to do that, they should still compensate you!
Post # 13
Back, a bit calmer… the shop owner did agree about the hem; I frankly sort of froze up and didn’t talk about the overlay, something about the overall effect just floored me. Since that’s happened to me with other wedding things, (and it is shocking to me that it does, since I’m normally pretty assertive), I plan to go back with Maid/Matron of Honor in tow. She’s done sewing, and she won’t be in the emotional state I got into, so that should help. Depending on how things look this next time, I’ll either ask for money back/go elsewhere, or try and accept that this happened but it’s not as bad as I’m thinking it is, or somewhere in between.
@ meliss – Alexis Bridal; fiancee’s co-worker recommended. I’ve heard about Renee in Woodland Hills, so that would be my next stop if things aren’t much improved…
Thanks for the feedback/support. I think part of what went on was pure shock; I can’t imagine showing a customer a dress with an uneven hem, it was ridiculous, not to mention the overlay…