(Closed) Is your alterations person nice?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is your alterations person nice?
    Yes I love my alterations person : (22 votes)
    71 %
    Yes she is ok : (4 votes)
    13 %
    No my alterations person doesnt communicate : (3 votes)
    10 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 4
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    2313 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I haven’t gotten my dress in yet so no alterations person for me yet, but from what I’ve read, they tend to be a little… unwilling to listen? I guess they assume because they do this all the time and it’s an actual skill that you need experience with to know much about it, their opinion on what should/should not be done outweighs yours. I’ve read a lot on here that girls get pushback when they make a suggestion to their alterations person, and a lot of them walk away feeling less than enthusiastic and worried for how their dress will turn out. I do not think her brusqueness with you was at all uncommon for her profession. I think we all kind of have to go into it assuming that they will act like they know what’s best, sort of like when we take our cars in to get serviced, we KNOW the mechanics are going to try and tell us 15 things are wrong with our car that MUST be fixed or it will blow up on the road and kill us. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    Aw that sucks.  Sorry it’s happening.  The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable asking questions and having your ‘vision’ seen by her as well.

    She sounds like she might have a bit of ‘artist’ syndrom.  I used to see a hairstylist like that.

    have you tried saying,… I am SO glad you’re so experienced in this because I am sure NOT.  Do you mind showing me/explaining this more to me?” or similar slight ass kissing procedures?

    Sometimes this smooths their easily ruffled feathers and lets them know you’re not questioning their abilities

    Post # 6
    Member
    555 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Wow, that really sucks.  I was worried about going to someone who barely spoke my language (my alterations person was of Asian descent) but she couldn’t have been sweeter and more understanding.  She did an AMAZING job and I picked up my dress yesterday totally giddy.  I say insist on no hem and then stick it out or if you’re really anxious take the dress elsewhere.  It’s too important to not have a good feeling about!

    Post # 7
    Member
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    @clane616:

    Mine is Asian too and I can barely understand her and her husband sometimes.  She is FRIGGEN hilarious!

    While taking my measurements she said “ohhh you have nice boobs!  Good for dress!!” lolol

    Post # 8
    Member
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Whoa, that sucks. My lady is awesome!!! She seemed to do and try everything to make it cheaper for me. She also said if I did loose weight I could bring my dress back and she’d take it in more for free…She’s done an awesome job and is always so nice and friendly. She gave honest responses to everything and when it came to the bustle she was very upfront and said she’d do what I wanted but it wouldn’t look good in certain styles. I’d really try to either find someone else or get her to listen to you.

    Post # 9
    Member
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I imagine that part of it is because she’s experienced and probably gets a lot of people asking for things that she knows won’t work or demanding things that are impossible so I can see her being a bit insistant on doing things a certain way because it’s her job (for example, would you tell your doctor how to do a procedure?).

    However, you shouldn’t pay for anything you don’t find necessary – if you don’t need it hemmed – just tell her you don’t want it hemmed and that you only want the bustle. She may just be pushy in order to, as you said, charge you more OR she may know that once she makes a certain alteration that you’d want it hemmed as a result and it trying to do it all at once.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It doesn’t sound like she has the same goals as you do with regards to the dress.  The lady who did my altertions talked about some options but I made the final decision about what was done to the dress.  There were absolutely no communication issues.

    Post # 12
    Member
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    @bells:

    Really, if that was how she was? I couldn’t trust her with something so important.  It was like the hairdresser that was like that.

    I “broke up” with the hairdresser after a couple of times because, although your the expert, I still have say in wtf goes on my head!

    Post # 13
    Member
    3295 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    my alterations lady isnt the nicest…. ive written about my alterations woes on here… but anyways…. she told me i was ‘just being a bride’…. ugh. i really wasnt… i was just upset that she butchered my dress. hopefully the new lady fixes it… i go back tomorrow.

    Post # 14
    Member
    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Mine LOST my dress for about a month and got the ribbon mixed up with another dress’.  

    Post # 15
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I voted other because I wouldn’t say I LOVE my seamstress but she was nice and she did what I asked.  She wasn’t cocky so I would say I like my seamstress.

    Post # 16
    Member
    519 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Mine was nice enough. She was a little pushy, so I had to stand up for what I wanted, but she did a good job with my dress. 

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