Post # 1
I have my dress, and it is ready to be picked up! My dress needs some alterations, and the dress shop I bought it from does not do alterations. They gave me a list of names, and I have started doing research. When do I need to choose a seamstress and contact them to “reserve them” for altering my dress? Is this something that just happens a few months before the wedding, or should I be doing that now, just about 6 months before the wedding?
Post # 2
The first time I brought my dress in to my seamstress (in February) the saleswoman told me “come back in mid-April” (my wedding is early July). I wasn’t really comfortable with that date and it felt too close to my wedding (I also wanted more alterations that just hemming and bringing it in), so I went back the next week and the main seamstress measured me and took my dress (mid-late February). I go back next week to try it on for my 2nd fitting.
I think most brides bring their dresses in for alterations 3-4 months before, but it depends what you want done and how busy they are. It doesn’t hurt to go early! My seamstress is SUPER busy with prom season so she told me the earlier the better.
Post # 3
The seamstress that my store recommended had mixed reviews and was pricey so I did my own research. The first lady I contacted last week told me she was completely booked for 2017. The second lady had availability and I’m booked for my first fitting beginning of August for my mid November wedding.
Post # 4
I picked my seamstress less than a week after picking up my dress and had my first appointment with her a week after I called. I didn’t want to wait on it too long. I got my dress back about 1 month before the wedding.
Post # 5
I just ordered my dress yesterday and the sales girl advised me to contact a seamstress to make/reserve time slots for my alterations. I think it’s best to do it as soon as possible so you get the seamstress you want.
Post # 6
hunting_bride : My wedding is in June; I took my dress in for alterations towards the end of February, had second fitting last week, and will (hopefully) have final fitting in the next week or so. I wanted to get mine done a little earlier since it’s approaching prom season and seamstresses are extra busy at that time. I went to a local seamstress, not a bridal shop (recommended by SIL; I had taken my bridesmaid dress to her and she did a great job, so I took my wedding dress too).
Post # 7
The bridal boutique I got my dress at does in house alterations, but I didn’t want to leave my dress with them after a bad experience purchasing/picking up the dress. So I had to find my own seamstress. I’m going in this weekend for my first appointment and I’m a little under 4 months out from my wedding. I’m hoping to just shorten it and get started on other alterations and then bring it in for a perfect fit once I’m closer to the wedding. I don’t really ever fluctuate weight wise, but I wanna make sure it’s a perfect for the wedding!
I should add that my seamstress is at a different bridal boutique, so they don’t do prom dresses or even bridesmaids dresses. That helps not make it too busy. 🙂
Post # 8
I knew before I was even engaged who I wanted as my seamstress. She’s sort of an institution in the wedding world in my state, even though it’s just her (a sweet little old lady who works from home). If you google her, you’ll find hundreds of message board threads and reviews on her, she’s that popular!
She is about 3 hours from me, and I made my appointments with her the day I ordered my dress since she’s so hard to get in with.
Post # 9
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My seamstress is very popular and she does the alterations out of her own home without any help. Because of this I contacted her 6 months in advance to reserve my first appointment, which is three months before my wedding. My second appointment is 2 months before the wedding and my third is 2 weeks before the wedding. Two weeks before the wedding may seem like I’m cutting it close but I intend to lose an amount of weight that is difficult to maintain so I wanted that last appointment to be as close to the wedding as possible.