(Closed) The bridal shop's seamstress or an independent seamstress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
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    I went with the seamstress through my bridal shop

    I went with an independent seamstress

  • Post # 3
    34 posts
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I went through the store’s seamstress and that was a disaster!

    Post # 4
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    The seamstress at the shop where I bought my dress didn’t even want to consider doing the alterations I was asking for!! She kept saying it was all impossible blahblah. Well my outside seamstress did it all for less than half the price and in just 2 days. Say what, store seamstress??

    My dress consultant did say that they tend to be more careful and conservative with alterations in-store, so I guess that’s why. Perhaps they’re afraid of any liability if things go wrong?

    Post # 5
    3696 posts
    Sugar bee

    Bridal shops sometimes end up hiring “seamstresses” with mediocre/limited sewing skills because they feel like they HAVE to have someone on-site who can offer alterations, but they generally don’t pay their seamstresses well, so they don’t always end up with the most skilled people. That’s why they have to be “careful” and “conservative” about what they can promise re. alterations. They might have someone who can handle basic hemming and minor adjustments, but isn’t qualified to do more extensive work. (There are exceptions, of course, but it seems to be hit-and-miss.)

    Indie seamstresses generally HAVE to be skilled enough to earn their livings, and they also end up better-paid even though they charge you less on the alterations (no bridal shop to skim profits!) I would go for the independent person with the good Yelp reviews, no question.

    Post # 6
    2457 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The salon I ordered my dress from does not have an in-house seamstress, so they refer their brides to an independent seamstress nearby. I loved working with the seamstress and my alterations were very inexpensive.  If you’re in Southern California (OC), I’d be happy to give you her name/contact info. PM me if you’re interested. 

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