Post # 1
I went to get my dress fitted this past weekend by someone in my hometown (where I no longer live but my parents still do). The seamstress was recommended by several people to both me and my mom so I felt good about the decision. At the end of the fitting she basically told me that once she did the alterations and I came back to try the dress on that would be the final fitting. She said the dress would be steamed and ready to go. I feel like people here seem to have multiple fittings, did anyone have just one and the dress was good to go? I’m a little nervous now.
Post # 2
I did but I only had very minor alterations done. She only had to take it up under my arms and sew on my belt. I guess it depends on how elaborate the alterations are going to be.
Post # 3
I used a lady who was super highly recommended i my town as well… she worked out of her house. visit 1: She pinned the dress in all the right places and said come back next week.
visit2: I went back and al the seems were hand sewn. I approved the fit.
visit 3: she had closed the seams with the machine and it fit like a glove. took it home. technically i only had one fitting. it seems like really good tailors operate like this.
Post # 4
I only had one fitting, not counting when I tried it on after the alterations were finished. I used the seamstress that worked at the bridal shop where I got my dress. And for alterations, it was shortening the hem of a lace dress (so cutting off the lace, shortening and reapplying the lace) and shortening the torso. After alterations, it was perfect and no other fittings were needed.
Post # 5
I’m feeling a bit better that I’m not the only one. She isn’t doing anything too complicate, just the hem, bustle, and taking it in at the bust.
Post # 6
You should be fine. I make dresses. Anyone competant can do these alterations in one session. I’m not getting married for a year but not looking for a dress until the month before. I’m not wearing white or bridal, but am shopping off the rack vintage. My fitting will be what fits me when I try it on 😛
Post # 7
Mine did hem, bustle, and taking in at the shoulder, and I tried it on once so she could pin it, and once to confirm what a fabulous job she did when I picked it up. So that sounds perfectly normal to me.
Post # 8
I baught my dress off the rack – it was brand new stock, I know because i had been in the month before and it wasnt there then.
I came back 10 weeks out from the wedding, she pinned my hem, we looked at the shoulders but decided to leave them to allow some movement. (it has cap sleeves)
I went back 4 weeks out, the hem is perfect, she pinned the bustle, she told me i cant loose any wieght and if i did i would have to come in, but that its fitting perfectly.
I’m not really sure its relevant to your question as I didnt actually have it taken in – but it was only one actual “fitting”
Post # 9
I had just one. They altered it and it fit perfectly when I went back to get it so no other alterations were necessary.
Post # 10
I bought mine where my mom lives and the dress was corset back so in one visit wednesday she pinned for straps, hem and bustle. I tried it on on sunday and took my dress home. I got it steamed right before the wedding
Post # 11
I had a very simple dress and had NO fittings. I had the seamstress check the dress on me from top to bottom, and she said there were really no alterations for her to do. She is currently sewing on my sash, but other than that, I got very lucky.
FWIW, my dress is flowy and not too fitted, but even the shoulders/bust/length are all perfect!
Post # 12
I do all mine in one fitting if I can. I just saves time and saves the customer from coming back again and again. The only time I do more than one fitting is if there’s an alteration that needs to be done first before others can be completed, like shortening the bodice. It’s too risky to pin a hem when something so major is being done to the top of the dress.