Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
So I had what I thought was my initial consultation with my seamstress. I thought I was just dropping off the dresses until my 1st fitting on June 14th, possibly trying the dresses on.
So I show up wtih my two gowns (they were both purchased pre-owned). She asks me to step into the first gown, then brings in the seamstress and they start pinning away. My first gown is a ball gown that is a size too big and I know it needs to be taken in a bit. So no problems there.
Then I step into my second gown, a fitted A-Line that is a Lazaro size 10 that has been taken in slightly at the waist. And again they start pinning. I’m nervous about this one b/c it honestly just fits (or so I thought). It feels tight, but hey that’s motivation to lose 5lbs right? This dress has so much beading and is so gorgeous, it makes me scared to have someone remove the crystals and re-sewn them back on. They talk about everything they are going to do…I’m freaking out!! Then I step out of the gown and realize there are pins on the back of the dress. Now I’m really freaking out, They want to take the dress in!!! It already feels so tight.
So I put my clothes back on and she rings me up for alterations, $625 yikes!! I pay, then she mentions they are putting boning into the 2nd dress. I tell her NO WAY, that will take away from the slinky sexy look of the dress, it’s not supposed to be structured. She says they must do it, but I insisit they don’t do it until we try some other options first. I forget to ask about the pins on the back of the dress. This all happens on Saturday, Sunday they are closed, I call Monday after not sleeping for two nights and beg them not to touch the second dress until I can come in again and we can discuss further. I’m terrified to let anyone change the dress all though it is too big in some areas.
Anyone else freak out about their dresses being altered? I know it needs to fit pefectly, but I’m still 4 months away from my wedding, what if it’s taken in and I gain weight?? I am so nervous about this!! Please tell me I’m not the only one…
Post # 2
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
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
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
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.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
mgbser: I think you are right about the pins, she said it was for the small of my back not really taking it in so much.
I have 3 more fittings scheduled, my wedding is 9/6 and my final fitting is 8/16. They said they do not cut any of the material until the last fitting so that way if it needs to be taken out they have the ability to do so. I’m just so nervous!! And right now I do plan on toning up a bit, not necessarily losing weight, but getting rid of the bloat in the belly…but who knows if that will happen in 3 months!
I was not prepared for them to start alterations this soon!!