(Closed) Questions about how alterations, etc, work?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sending in the measurements should be fine.  I would definitely go to a seamstress to be measured, unless you are comfortable doing it yourself.  For the alterations, it usually takes 2-3 appointments.  The first you will put on the dress and they will make a note of/pin any changes needed- like hemming for length, taking in, bustle etc.  The second fitting may also be the last fitting- you’ll try on the dress again after they make the changes and make sure everything is correct.  If there is still an issue anywhere, you may need to leave the dress with them and come in for a third time. Most seamstresses want to start working on your gown at least a month before the wedding, and some of the best ones will be in high demand and may take reservations for their services several months in advance. Also you don’t have to get the alterations done at the dress shop.  You can find an independent seamstress where you live, or in your home town to do the alterations.  Sometimes you’ll actually get a better price on the alterations somewhere other then the dress shop.  

Post # 6
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7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The dress shop will probably give you a limited amount of time to pick up your dress unless you choose in house alterations–if available, which from your post I’m guessing they are. So, yes, you will need to go to the shop, try the dress on, and then take it home.

You should be aware though that if you have anyone else do your measurements the salon will not take responsibility if the dress is 7 sizes too small. You should try it on to make sure it is the correct dress and it isn’t damaged though.

Then you can do alterations however you choose.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@DrTeeth:  You (or whoever pays) will have to sign a release that you agree with the size ordered and since you are supplying the measurements, if the measurements are wrong, then the store will take no responsibility if you put the dress on and it doesn’t fit since they played no part in assessing your size.

If they actually order the wrong size, then that’s their problem, but that would mean you (or your mom) signed off on, say, a 10, and they ordered an 8.

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