Post # 1
This weekend I went wedding dress shopping, not expecting to make my final decision. But I absolutely fell in love with a sample dress. The style was discontinued (and the price was great), so I decided rather quickly to purchase the dress. I left the store with it – no returns allowed since its a sample.
I LOVE the dress. But when I got home I noticed a few problems….
There are some stains on the back top part of the dress. I think they are from the clips they use to make the dress fit smaller brides when they are trying it on. It looks almost like rush, only an inch long or so. The gown is a satin-like fabric, so I’m wondering if we’ll be able to be the stain out. Can alternations do that?
Additionally, the dress has beaded belt sewn around the waist. But some of the beads are completely missing. Can alternations using fix that? How will they get matching beads?
Anyone had an experience similar to this? I LOVE the dress, but I want it to be perfect of course! I’m so worried!
Post # 3
Baby wipes should be able to take the stain out, and the beads shouldnt be a problem… if you can’t find a match locally, I wouldnt be surprised if the shop can order some of the original beads from the manufacturer. I’d give them a call, and ask the alterations department.
Post # 4
I second the baby wipes. I worked at a bridal store and we used them all the time for dirty spots.
Post # 5
@MissNoodles: I never even thought of that! I bought a dress on ebay that has some stains along the hem, and since I didn’t notice them immediately I couldn’t return it. I even happen to have a baby right now. Bonus!
Post # 6
I would get it professionally cleaned. I got a sample too. It was a sooooo dirty! Dirt all over the bottom, under the armpits, on the pickups. Getting it cleaned really does wonders.
Mine was missing a few beads on the top too. A good seamstress can do anything. Depending upon your alteration/cleaning needs it should be $300-500 total.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for the help! I feel a lot more confident about the dress now. I’ll bring it in to an alternations place, and see what can be done to fix everything. 🙂