Post # 1
Everyone gave me such great feedback about the bustle post I made the other day that I had to post some follow ups.
First…I went to my local seamstress with my Maid/Matron of Honor. She was a little unsure about doing the “Nachos” bustle at first, but in the end, she started to get the idea. To avoid having a hem alteration done, she told me I would need to get a 3.5″ heel. She pinned the bustle and I basically paid half the cost of alterations, got a receipt and left my dress with her.
Question 1: What I want to know is, if it’s normal that she’ll be keeping my dress in her shop until my first fitting on 9/2. (Wedding is on 10/8)
Second…after I left the shop, I started looking at some pictures of my dress and I think it’s kind of…droopy. In chatting with some friends, I realized I may need to get a crinoline. Alfred Angelo never even offered this to me as an option, so I’m going to borrow 2 diff styles from friends to try with my dress. I really don’t want to go back in the shop to try my dress on again with a crino b/c while this lady appears to be very talented, she’s also not very…warm and fuzzy. She’s basically like yeah, I can do this…now go away for 4 months. LOL
The Nachos bustle is already pinned in my dress (on the inside of the fabric so it doesn’t “pull”). My question is…if I go back in on 9/2 with a crinoline to try on…is that too late? Obviously she can repin at that point, but I’m also not sure how much lift to expect from it to plan accordingly for heel height. Since I need 3.5″ to not alter the length, should I plan to get a 3″ heel? 2.5″? Should I just go back in before 9/2 to try on with a crinoline and risk being “annoying”?
Ahh I’m stressing. 🙁 Here’s a pick of the unpuffy dress to give you an idea (keep in mind I’m not wearing shoes and on the little platform thingy):
Post # 3
Gah sorry about the double post!
Post # 4
I think you should probably just risk being annoying. I’m sure she’s dealt with brides before, she has to be used to it 😉
Post # 5
LOL….I’m a seamstress, and we get really, really tired during wedding season, so I apologize on behalf of your seamstress. When we deal with several wedding dresses a day, every day, yours is not particularly special, so some of the “magic” of your experience is getting lost.
Secondly, she is actually doing you a favour by keeping the dress until the wedding. It’s going to be sitting in her clean shop rather than you having to transport it back and forth and keep it clean and odor free at home 🙂 Plus, if it’s in the shop, she will work on it when she has time – it could get started in a month then get finished just before the fitting.
If you are not sure, then definately go back for another fitting and make sure. Just do her a favour and make sure whatever choice you make is confirmed- she really can’t do anything until there is a definate plan OR she’ll end up doing the work twice!
Post # 6
OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!!! I just read the post a little closer!! YOU MUST go back ASAP if you are making any changes to the dress plan!!!! She could be making alterations before the first fitting that cannot be arranged after 🙂
Post # 7
dont forget that wearing a crinoline will make the dress a little shorter, so maybe you wouldnt need those 3.5 inch heels.
i do think its a good thing that she has it in her shop, unless unlike me, you have a huuuuuuuge closet to store it in. mine is in the spare room but i wish i could have it hanging in a nice big shop with plenty of room and not getting creased up.
also wearing a crinoline might alter the points of where the bustle needs to be pinned, so the earlier you try it on with a crinoline the better.
lovely dress by the way.