(Closed) Anyone else freak out after their first fitting??!!

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I feel you!  I also bought preowned and the dress actually needs to be let out.  The seamstress let it out too much at the top, but not enough at the middle.  Because it’s too tight on my hips, it keeps riding up to my waist and not laying smooth.  Ugh.  I had my second fitting a week ago and she implied that the one next week is the ‘last fitting’. Um, not if you still haven’t taken in the top enough or let out the middle!  She had amazing yelp reviews for altering wedding dresses so I hope she can pull it off!

That sounds really strange about her wanting to add boning!  I wouldn’t be too concerned about the beading.  If they are experienced in wedding dresses I’m sure that’s pretty typical to have to take it off and put it back.  I would definitely try the dress on again and point out where it’s feeling tight so they don’t take it in too much though!

Post # 3
2510 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Don’t worry about the pins.  Some of them aren’t for bringing it in, but to just round the seam a bit more.  If they are taking it in on top they have to round the sem to make it look as if it were made for you.  As long as you felt good about the dress while it was pinned on you, it will be great.  Gaining weight after the first fitting usually means more money to alter it again (a couple pounds shouldn’t matter though), so you should focus on retaining the weight you are at.  That is why some brides put off alterations, it can screw it up to change in weight too much.   

Post # 4
982 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

kellynn323:  I’m surprised they actually fitted you (if that’s the correct phrase, probably not) that early.  My seamstress said 6-8 weeks prior to the event although I went in at 9 because of prom season.  You may just end up with multiple fittings instead of 2.  As for beading, you’d be surprised what they can do.  I worked summers at an alterations studio when I was in high school.  My job was ripping seams and beading.  Seriously – the beading isn’t that hard.  Just time consuming and probably why your estimate was so high.  They’ll save all the beads in a little bag (they SHOULD give you whatever may be left over if it’s being taken in) and just copy the pattern on the rest of the dress when they reapply them over the seams.  They do it all the time.  🙂  

As for the boning, stick to your guns about that one.

Post # 5
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

kellynn323:  You’ve got to advocate for yourself.  If you don’t want them to do any alterations on the 2nd dress (or don’t want them to do specific alterations) you are in control of that.  Tell them what you want and only pay for what you want done. 

Keep in mind their job is to sell alterations, they may be suggesting things that are good for them but not good for you.

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