(Closed) San Francisco wedding dress alterations?

posted 10 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

You said no car, but my alterations person is in the Oakland hills and she’s AMAZING.  I had an ebay Amy Kuschel that she altered perfectly to fit me.  She had the dress for four months (although she can do it more quickly – I wasn’t in a hurry) and I saw her once or twice a month.  She charged me $90 total for a bustle, taking in the strappy sleeves, altering the bust, and taking up the skirt.  So even if you can’t come to Oakland, know that  a better deal is possible!

Post # 5
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62 posts
Worker bee

the shop i bought my dress at suggested wee scotty. i decided to look on yelp for another seamstress- just to see what’s out there. I’ll probably use emanuela palazzo of moda. she has a shop next to chanel and has done of ton of wedding dresses. i’m in the same boat as you- the dress fits perfectly, just needs to be hemmed. although, i don’t think she is necessarily any cheaper than wee scotty you may want to take your dress in to get an estimate. 

 as for the car thing… i dont have a car either. and i cant drive the fiance’s stick shift. so i use zip car! : )  good luck!

 http://www.yelp.com/biz/moda-emanuela-palazzo-expert-tailor-and-alterations-san-francisco#hrid:kq2asnj5USE066rv1Vfn_g/query:emanuella%20moda

Post # 7
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Wannabee

I used Gloria’s Cleaners on Ocean Avenue (near 19th Avenue). Yes, it’s a dry cleaning place but a friend who used her for her gown suggested I go there. She’s reasonable and will fix your dress until she gets it right. I had the bust, waist, hips taken in and the length shortened. All that cost me $250. Good luck! She also did all the alterations on my bridesmaid dresses. Good Luck!

Post # 8
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Worker bee

mpark46! I’d love to hear what she quotes you on the hemming of your dress. (If you don’t mind telling me!)  I was going to take the  dress last week but was too busy. I’ll let you know how much she quotes me when I take my dress in. Our dresses may be super different but it’d be nice to just compare to make sure that we’re both getting fair deals.  : )

 

Post # 11
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Worker bee

wow i’m totally in similar situation! i have a melissa sweet anastasia dress. i realized that i didnt just needed hemming i needed a bustle and the bust to be alterated. plus its a  little loose in the hips. she may even take out a layer underneath because its too poofy. and she quoated me $850! i dont know what to do…. i’m inclined to just go with it but it sounds a little excessive. i KNOW though that she’s a super great seamstress (she’s worked for chanel and neiman marcus for like 20 yrs) but my fiance’s jaw just dropped when i told him.

 i’m totally torn on what i should do… but i think $450 sounds reasonable. you’re lucky!

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Maude,

Can you give the name and contact info for the lady in Oakland hills? Thanks!

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Maude,

Can you give the name and contact info for the lady in Oakland hills? Thanks!

Post # 15
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62 posts
Worker bee

so i spoke with emanuela and we talked it out and she is decreasing the fee by $100 and doing an extra bit for free. which i thought was really nice of her. btw, mpark46, i saw your dress hanging!! its gorgeous. : )  she referred to it and said that yours was much easier to do and thats why mine was so $$. overall i’m happy i’m going with her. i’d just die if something went wrong with it!! i trust her 75 yr old hands. plus i just think she’s a fantastic lady~

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

As I get a lot of emails about this, I thought I’d let you all know that the name of the person who did my alterations is Anne Ventresco: http://www.anneventresco.com/

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