HELP! My tailor said she won't do my dress

posted 1 year ago in Dress
Post # 2
13595 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m no expert in alterations, but that looks ENORMOUS on you and like it will be a huge amount of work to take in.  

I would get a second opinion and see if another tailor will do the work. But you may have the same reaction,  And if you do, perhaps you can go to the store where you bought it in person and tell them of all the difficulties you’ve had and ask to see their tailor/seamstress.

Post # 3
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I can understand her concerns; it looks like a lot of reconstruction would be needed to fit the dress on you due to the delicate fabric and lace appliques. It will be difficult and expensive, but not impossble. Definitely seek a second opinion!

Post # 4
3740 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I honestly don’t think that dress looks that big on you… A couple sizes maybe. I was told by a tailor once that she wont take any dress in more than 5 sizes. You definitely dont have 5 sizes to spare there. I would take it to another tailor and see what they say. You may end up paying a fair bit because they may have to essentially remake most of the dress though.

Post # 5
3560 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

marygnozzio :  so take it to another seamstress. Find one who specializes in bridal (a bridal seamstress will have different knowledge and skills than a typical tailor). 

Post # 6
11648 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Um, this is the dress shop’s problem if they said their tailor would do it. 


1 call one more time to set tailoring appt, if blown off ask for manager. 

2 if blown off by manager, bring dress to the store and insist on someone either taking the dress back and refunding you or setting an appointment for tailoring, as they promised. 

This is provided they promised their tailor would and could take care of the alterations. Hopefully you got that in writing. 

Post # 7
2811 posts
Sugar bee

Agree with BalletParker :  that you should keep hassling the shop that you bought it from. It’s their responsibility to deal with. Also, a regular tailor likely isn’t going to feel comfortable making major changes to a wedding dress. The tailors associated with wedding dress shops have specifica wedding dress experience and often even experience specific to certain brands and styles of dress that the shop sells. 

At the very least you should take it to a tailor that specializes in wedding dresses, but dealing with the shop directly is going to be your best bet. 


Post # 10
11648 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

marygnozzio :  yay! I’m so happy for you bee. What a relief. Keep us updated! 

Post # 13
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Maybe that tailor wasn’t that skilled I would try contacting the shop you bought it from to recommend a tailor. Ask around call other bridal shops for recommendations. But it doesn’t look unreasonable big. 

Post # 14
1759 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

marygnozzio : I agree with   Charliejeorge , it looks totally doable, just not easy. (as in a lot of removing lace and moving it around) I am glad you got a hold of the original tailor.  Don’t worry, it’ll all be good!


P.S: it’s a gorgeous dress!

Post # 15
10 posts
  • Wedding: September 2019

I was told you can go 1 size bigger and 2 sizes smaller but it looks like it is still possible. Hope it works out!!

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