(Closed) Dress Regret – any other Maggie "Bernadette" brides?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

That seamstress is so negative!  Only problems, no solutions!  I would maybe take it to a different seamstress? Is it the seamstress that works in the bridal shop?


Post # 5
1330 posts
Bumble bee

I would definitely try a different seamstress. It sounds like she is ripping you off. How can she say 600 dollars when she admits it is the most difficult dress? I understand that they need to fit the largest part of you, however, if they just went and ordered it, and knew it wouldn’t be fitting you up top, obviously, I think it is irresponsible of the shop to advise you to buy it in that size…or to order it for you!

They should know their products and stock and if it was going to be such a nightmare, I am so sure they were disappointed to smack you with a 600 alteration fee so close t othe wedding.


I have been told by a few people who worked at bridal salons that the less than reputable ones make a ton of money on alterations and that’s where they hope to earn the most profit.

I would shop around for seamstresses in the area and visit three. It IS work but finding another dress is MORE work and if you love it, then I would try to find a new one.

The last thing you want is to rush to find a sample off the rack or something that fits you better! Also, selling your dress is tough….you are not going t get your money back and will probably lose the cost of alterations.



Post # 7
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Unless you live in an area where this seamstress is the only show in town, or if you’ve gotten wonderful, rave reviews about her work and you don’t want to leave her – it seems wise to at least get a second opinion.

In my area, I found that private alterations shops prices were much lower than the prices offered by the seamstresses who work out of the bridal salons.  Now, I’m not suggesting you take your wedding gown to the dry cleaners and ask the nice folks who hem pants for $10 to work on your dress! – Investigate whether or not there are shops that do alterations as their main business.  (The one I like in Houston also makes customs men’s shirts.)

From my (very amature) sewing experience and working with boning in dresses, I suspect that the boning in your bodice will make alterations more challenging, but it should not prevent an experienced seamstress from making the necessary changes for you. 

As the price you were quoted isn’t exactly “an amazing deal,” the seamstress was rather negative and didn’t have great faith in her abilities, and you obviously liked the dress, you’re likely to be more happy with someone else.

Buying off the rack might be a tricky thing for you anyway- if you’ve got a figure that is sized differently on top and bottom (I do too, though my top is bigger).  There’s a chance that you’d need alterations on any dress that you decide on, and then you’d be back at square one!

Post # 8
38 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’d probably find another seamstress…

You don’t want to feel anything less than awesomewon your special day.

Dress woes can affect everything else… 🙁

Post # 10
1330 posts
Bumble bee

I wanted t add- Ifeel your pain, OP and I wanted a Maggie dress (symphony with the lace jacket) but was worried about alterations so went with an a line with corset back. I am a 36, 32,47. Dress shopping was awful!!!



Post # 12
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Find another seamstress!  One of my girlfriends got her entire dress basically taken apart and put back together again for the same reasons and she paid less than your seamstress’ quote.

Post # 13
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@JemmaWRX:  Hi!  I am in the SAME boat as you – except that I didnt go for my first fitting yet but the dress is expected in this weekend. What was the outcome??

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