(Closed) How soon/too late for alterations?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
19 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

From what I understand you can really only have a dress cut down 3 sizes at the most and maintain the original integrity of the gown. So don’t lose TOO much weight! (congrats on the weight loss, btw!) 2-3 weeks before the wedding is usually pretty standard, especially if you have an appointment booked. At the appointment be sure to bring ALL of the undergarments you plan to wear on your wedding day (bra, slip, crinoline, etc.) and be sure to bring your shoes as well. They will have you put everything on and then start pinning anything that needs altered. The seamstress will know what needs to be done, so don’t worry about a thing! They will have you come back for a second fitting to check the fit of the alterations and then make any additional changes, if necessary. Its a good idea to have your mom or one of your bridesmaids come with you for the final fitting if you are having a bustle put in, so the seamstress can show someone how to rig everything up. Have fun!!!

Post # 4
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think you will be fine.  You will probably just have multiple fittings within the next week and a half.  I bought my dress a year and a half early…did my first fitting last month (for the hem, which took much longer than expected due to the many layers and overlay of lace), my next fitting is next weekend (for the bustle) but I will not go in for the taking-in of the dress until much closer to the wedding in case I end up losing more weight as well (between buying the dress and my first fitting i went down a dress size, my corset top til fit, but it doesn’t look like a corset because the sides are now touching LOL) Good luck! Don’t be nervous, you’re going to look amazing!

Post # 5
2838 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@whitekitty86:  I’m pretty sure there are limitation to how far down they can go on each dress (otherwise there would just be a “standard” dress we all buy ad go from there LOL

But if your seamstress knows what she’s doing, and she’s aware of the situation- time constraints, etc….she should be able to do it, no problem.

I ordered my dress to small because I am having a corset back put in.  While I had an appointment at David’s Bridal for alterations, I really didn’t want them to do it.

After much research, I found the woman I wanted to work on my dress.  I got a hold of her yesterday- and she’s booked out through the end of October, but she’s doing 6 appointments for me- back to back- starting end of October into early November (wedding is mid November)- that means she is doing the work overnight.  So relax– as long as everyone is in the know, you’re fine!

Post # 6
2551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@whitekitty86:  If it helps put you at ease, I had my last alterations done the weekend before we left town for our wedding that Tuesday. The seamstress still didn’t have a couple things fitting perfectly after I picked it up so she got it right back & had it ready the next day. So long as your shop’s customer service has been top notch so far I think it’ll be fine. I don’t know how your store is but the one I went to seemed to be very excited about getting their brides to fit & look as good as possible even if it meant running around at the last minute. If that’s the vibe you get from them then I wouldn’t stress it!

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