- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Well, thought I was doing the right things – bought my dress used and I planned on getting it brought in a bit to fit me perfedctly. This saved me a ton of money over the real price of the dress $4000! I did research on the bridal boards and picked a seamstress that was near my house and recommended by several different brides in Langley. “And Sew On” it was called, run by a lady named Cari. (it’s located on the one way part of Fraser Hwy)
Upon one of the last fittings I noticed these horribly large wrinkles in the fabric right at my waist. I mentioned them to the seamstress since they were really bothering me, we’re not talking a slight pucker in the fabric, we’re talking large noticable roles. Here’s a picture.
Needless to say, I brought these up and she tried to tack them and then said she wasn’t sure there was anything she could do, but that she’d try. She also stated that I was one of the longest brides she’d had, with the most fittings and alterations and that she’d worked on more complicated dresses than mine. I was shocked and hurt by this since I thought I’d been a pretty awesome bride.
I came back for the final fitting to pick up my dress, the wrinkles were still there and it honestly looked like she hadn’t even tried. She had the nerve to tell me that ‘clothing has wrinkle in it and to just stand up straighter’ I told her it wasn’t clothing, that it was my wedding dress, but at that point I was done with her, first the insult and now the wrinkles. I just wanted out!
I paid her the price we’d agreed upon and decided that I would try to get the wrinkles out on my own. So I headed over to fabricland – when they heard what I was trying to do and the whole story they were all horrified and said that there shouldn’t be wrinkles, they gave me the name of a lady they worked with on a regular basis and told me to call her. I was hesitant since i’d already spent so much money, but I decided to give her a call to just see what it would cost.
Karen (an amazing lady/seamstress) took one look at the dress and said that the sash on it wasn’t long enough to fit me, it was fitted to the dress instead, so it was puckering up the fabric. She took apart the sash so she could see if that helped and discovered that the entire dress was put together incorrectly (the fabric was skewed to one side, pulling the entire dress sideways) and that’s what was causing the wrinkles. She offered to help for a price and i was desperate so i gladly agreed (standing there in your wedding dress crying is not a pretty sight and you’ll pretty much do anything to fix it) well Karen started taking everything apart on that one side and was amazed at all the mistakes she found (stitching too small 2, rather than 3.1 at the smallest, not even on both sides of the dress, the center boning isn’t straight, etc). I started to cry again.
Karen has been working on the dress for 3 days now and we’ve found that due to the small stitches it can never be perfect (she would have to take it all apart and redo it – which she would be willing to do but the size of the stitches prevents that since it would wreck the delicate lace and beading) so the best she can do is straighten it out as much as possible and redo the sash from scratch.
I am just astonished that a seamstress who apparently has worked on ‘more complicated’ dresses than mine can make so many mistakes that can’t even be fixed now. I am even more upset that someone can do this to another human being, especially a bride.
I am about to go over there to tell her what I have discovered – I am sure that none of my money will be coming back my way, but I want her to know that I will be telling everyone about my experience and what happened.
Will keep all my fellow bees informed about the outcome!