(Closed) Dress Questions :/

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

1) Bridal shop alterations are pretty hit-and-miss in terms of quality. Some of the seamstresses are excellent, others are unqualified, and they run the gamut in between. The alterations themselves are often overpriced – and it’s not because the seamstresses are getting paid well, because they aren’t. Going to an independent seamstress generally gets you better service at a better price, especially if you have someone you know and have worked with before. And the seamstress herself gets a better deal. I always like knowing that the person doing the work is getting paid fairly.

2) I initially didn’t think I would bother with Spanx. I found a shaper on sale at a clearance event and tried it out just to see, and I really liked how it smoothed everything out, eliminated panty lines, etc., under one of my other dresses, so I have it on hand just in case. It may not make a difference with my wedding gown under all the lace and beading, but it’s kind of nice to have a “security blanket.”

3) Sorry, can’t be of any help to you on this one. Smile

Post # 4
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

1. A lot of bridal shops in our area dont even offer alterations anymore.

2. i think you and the dress look great!

3. you could do a crinoline if you want. itll make you hotter on the day off, but it looks fine to me as is in these pics! especially when its the correct length, itll pop a little better on its own 🙂

Post # 5
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

People have pictures of themselves with the dress at their own home because you do not immediately get alterations done. Those are done closer to the wedding (generally 1-2 months ahead of time). My dress was at my grandmother’s house for 4 months after it came in before my alterations and I am using the in-store alterations. 

Post # 6
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I personally would rather get my alterations done by someone i know who is expeirenced. One of my best friends is a seamstress. so i’ll be getting her to do mine.

Personally i don’t think you’d need a crinoline, your dress seems to sit really nice anyway.

Post # 8
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

PS LOVE your dress you look soooo gorgeous!!!!

Post # 10
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t get alterations done where my dress was from because I had previous bad experiences with their alterations department, plus their prices were insane. Depends on the place.

And if that is how you look in your dress without Spanx, I am freaking jealous! You look totally awesome, I’d definitely say you have ZERO need for Spanx, your body looks great as is.

Post # 11
11 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have a tailor that specializes in gowns and formal wear, so I didn’t think to use the bridal shop’s services.  I would recommend checking reviews for your bridal shop in terms of their alterations quality and expertise (an excellent tailor will make all the difference in making your dress look perfect!)

I would buy a shaper and try it on at your first fitting (I was reluctant to wear one but it ended up smoothing everything underneath and was worth it.) if you don’t like it, you can always return it, but nice to have the option!

I would ask the tailor for their expert opinion on the crinoline – but from the picture I don’t think you need one. 

Hope this helps and good luck!

Post # 13
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m no help with the alterations question, but the dress is amazing on you!

Post # 14
2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I can’t answer your questions but I just wanted to chime in and say I really like your dress.

Post # 16
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh we have the same dress!!! It looks great on you!

I didn’t get alterations at the salon because it was whipped from a different province. I will use someone local. 

The dress is very think material and I found it shaped my body enough so I won’t wear spanx. It looks like you shouldn’t need it either as the dress feels good when fit properly. 

As for the crinoline, I am debating that myself. 

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