(Closed) Wedding dress alterations

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@HeatherLM:  From my experience working at a bridal salon that had an in-house seamstress, it is normal for the seamstress to remove pins if you decide not to have alterations done with them. I saw this happen for a couple different reasons. The seamstress needs to protect the quality of her work by removing the pins. If she leaves the pins in and the other seamstress uses her work as a guide and something goes wrong the previous seamstress could potentially be liable because she did technically alter the gown by leaving the pins in. We also had an instance when our seamstress had pinned a custom bustle that was her own design that she didn’t want being used by someone else. 

Not to defend that particular seamstress, but sometimes prices can vary from the standard prices because of the dress. Our seamstress charged for things based on the amount of time it would take her to sew whatever you were having done. Some dresses are just more complicated than others and sometimes a seamstress can’t really know the level of work involved until they have you pinned and can assess the amount of work. 

Without knowing what your dress looks like it’s hard for me to say whether or not you are justified in saying that taking in the bust and the hem is not a lot of work. Sometimes these things can be a lot more complicated than you realize. 

Again, these are just things I learned from working at a bridal salon and from watching our seamstress work with and pin many brides, and also hearing her take on things. 

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