(Closed) How does the whole Alteration process work?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d say you had better find one fairly soon. Many are probably busy right now with prom alterations and spring/summer brides.

Talent absolutely does matter, but talent and price and not always correlated.

I found mine by asking around. I ended up at a highly recommended independant shop that also was very reasonably priced. I had a train removed, boning removed, halter strap added, beading fixed, plus the dress steamed and pressed for ~$85. She had me do a free consultation, and gave me an estimate right there that she stuck with all the way through.

As for friends/family, things can go very, very wrong, so I would have to know their work and trust them completely to have them do it.

Edit: My dress is very simple, which is part of why mine were that low. Don’t be shocked if yours are more!

Post # 5
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I got a rough estimate on the phone first with the “we have to see the dress to give a real estimate” disclaimer. Then I had to bring my dress in and put it on. It ended up being the same as the estimate she gave me on the phone.

Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Maybe try looking on Yelp too? The shop that I bought my dress from also did my alterations and that was the perfect way to go for me so unfortunately I can’t help a lot with the shopping around questions.

Also, something to keep in mind – when I had my last fitting, my dress was a bit snug too, and I was a little worried about it. The woman doing the alterations said that brides almost ALWAYS loose weight the month before their wedding (I was about 6 weeks out at that point) just due to stress of last minute planning. I’m not a typical stress-case, but I decided to take her for her word. And sure enough, I lost nearly 5 pounds so my dress ended up fitting just right. I was surprised, as I didn’t feel I was eating any less than normal, but I think just due to the hussle and bussle of life that last month, I did lose some weight (and of course promptly gained in back on the honeymoon!)

Good luck!

Post # 7
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yes I would find one ASAP. It took month to get my dress back and I only needed a hem and sweetheart added. One of my friends didn’t get her dress back until the day before!!!

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