(Closed) When should I schedule a fitting?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It depends on how busy your seamstress is and how much you need done. The 1st fitting will be to figure out any alterations that are needed. Then you try it on again when they are done to see how they alterations came out and if there is anything else that needs to be fixed. Hopefully, you’ll only need 2 fittings. But maybe 3 or so. I would schedule yours as soon as you get your dress.

Post # 4
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had 3, which I think is pretty normal. I think they usually reccommend leaving 2 months or so for alterations.  So, depending on when you want your dress ready (if you want to have it done early and hanging in your house ready to go for a while, or leave it closer to the wedding date and pick it up just a few days ahead of time), just back up your timeline from there.

Post # 5
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would say 6 to 8 weeks for alterations. As PP said it depends how busy your seamstress is and how much needs to be altered on your dress. 


Post # 6
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m the manager of a local Bridal store (convienent, I know! :-))and here’s what we typically recommend:

Start your alterations 2-3 months before the wedding. If your schedule is super busy, start 3 months ahead. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, start 2 months before. It’s usually a set of 3-4 appointments. During your first fitting, your seamstress will do all of the pinning- essentially, she is “marking” what needs to be done. Your second and third fittings are follow-up appointments. Those appointments are for YOU to see the work that the seamstress has done and for her to see what else she needs to do. You’ll most likely see the bustle (how the train is hooked up) during those fittings as well. Your seamstress will most likely have you bring your personal attendant/mom/bridesmaid with to learn how to do the bustle. Your final fitting will be much closer to the wedding, typically 1-2 weeks before. WE usually like to keep the gown at our store for as long as possible (it’s much safer in our steam room than it is hanging at your church/house/etc), but other stores may have different opinions on that. You should definitely call ahead of time to set up your appointments, as most seamstresses are constantly busy. Make sure you bring your shoes and any undergarments that you plan on wearing underneath your dress.

Good luck! 🙂

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