Post # 1
I have heard of people hiring seemstresses to make them a wedding dress. I am seriously considering this after todays dress shopping trip. It’s like prom is repeating itself again and I refuse to go through that again. I am normally a size 14 but thanks to being a 36DDD I need a 18 plus size dress in a boutique, any way you look at it I need a plus size dress. I absolutely hate the fact that I feel like I get to shop in a small corner of most independent stores (and almost all the dresses there are the same), the only ones who have a good selection are chain stores like David’s Bridal. While I did like two dresses there they just weren’t quite right. Hence I am now considering having a dress made for me.
What I want/need help with is finding a seemstress in pittsburgh. I could also use tips one what I need to look for in a seemstress.
Post # 3
Experience. Look for someone who has done bridal work before, and get recs, talk to her previous clients.
Fabric can also make or break a dress; a good seamstress should know her fabrics and will be able to recommend to you which fabric you need for the style of dress you want.
Be sure you know what you want going in – pictures are essential. A good seamstress will take more measurements than you knew were possible, sketch/note allll the details of your dress, etc. (what sort of support you want built in, button styles, so on)
Make sure you get a written estimate of price, including all ‘extra’ materials she will need to purchase (zippers, thread, buttons, hook and eye, beading, lace, etc etc etc) and your fittings/alterations, and a written estimated timeline of when the dress will be completed, will it be pressed, etc.
Get everything in writing.
Post # 4
I’d keep shopping around for a dress, even if it is just to get an idea of what type of dress you will want your seamstress to make. I’m sorry you had a bad experience dress shopping the other day 🙁 From my experience, there were definitely some dresses that I wanted to try on that I couldn’t even try on because they were too small, and it is sad, but what can you do? Just move on to the next dress. Different dress manufacturers have different size charts, so you might not be an 18 in all designers. Different dresses are cut differently, even within the same manufacturer. Have you tried on any Maggie dresses? Anything with a corset back will help your chest fit. And maybe you can call the shops ahead to ask how they organize their samples (some organize by size, which is really helpful) or to ask how many samples they have in your general size.
Regarding a seamstress, I think references/recommendations are a must. I’d try to go to someone who specializes in gowns/wedding dresses. And I also agree with daydream’s advice about fabric.