Post # 1
In my area there are a lot of small cleaners who do alterations or seamstresses who makes dresses, how do you pick one? There are reviews online but they are few and far between.
How do you know if you can trust them, or does it not matter?
Post # 3
Where did you buy your gown from? The boutique where I got my dress from didn’t do alterations so they recommended one for me. Maybe you can ask whoever you bought your dress from who they recommend.
Post # 4
I went to three different alterations places to get a price quote. At each place I would try on my dress and talk about what I wanted, and they would give me a quote. I felt like this gave me options and I really got a sense in person of whether or not I trusted them. One of the seamstresses seemed really overwhelmed and kept talking about how hard it was going to be, and the other two seemed good. The one I chose was really confident and knowledgeable so I felt better going with her. She did a great job!
Post # 5
Definitely call around and get quotes (although usually they will demand to see the dress in person first). Beware of taking your dress to places that have no experience with wedding dresses, since they are complex things with finicky fabric, and your standard local drycleaner will probably butcher it. It will probably be expensive, depending on what you want done.
Post # 6
Where are you located? I know excellent ones in both the Washington, DC and Boston areas.
Post # 7
PP’s all had great advice. I’d also add make sure you feel comfortable with whoever is going to be working with you during the fitting. Not with my wedding dress but with other alterations I’ve def felt like I didn’t get things exactly as I wanted. One seamstress snapped at me ‘no, ok!’ everytime I asked for things so I shut up and didn’t speak up when I shold have.
The woman I go to now I feel very comfortable asking questions and making changes. I’ll be going to her with my wedding dress when the time is right.