(Closed) Where to get alterations done??

posted 6 years ago in Raleigh
Post # 4
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327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m getting my dress taken care of by Dottie Valentine. She lives up in the northern end of town, almost to Wake Forest, and does all the alterations at her home. She’s had 25 years or more in the industry, and was the in-house seamstress for Priscilla of Boston before they closed. Her rates are very reasonable. I’m sure you can find her just by googling her name.

Post # 5
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223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Hi!  I went to Olga’s Bridal & Formal Couture, 8300 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613-1001,(919) 462-9472 .  She was amazing 🙂  We had very little time since our engagement was only 6 months and she had to redo almost my entire dress!  It needed to be hemmed, let out, the underarms were awkward so she fixed them, there was a rip in the tulle that she made look like it was part of the actual design.  Becasue there was so much to my dress I had a huge train that needed to be bustled and she just made it PERFECT!  I highly recommend calling her at least for a quote.

Post # 6
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6545 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I recently made an appointment with Olga as well. She SUPER popular among NC brides.

Post # 7
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Does anybody know how long Olga usually takes for alterations? I just called her today, February 6, 2013 as my wedding is on October 20, 2013. She set up our first fitting for September 20, 2013 which is only 1 month in advance. Is this normal? I always thought that fittings need to start 2-3 months before the wedding? But I know she has such good reviews so I don’t want to question her! 🙂

Post # 8
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1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@willwork4shoes:  We might run into each other, my appointments are all in September as well. I have 3-4 (one is depending on progress) throughout September for my October wedding. I booked with her last year in the late summer/early fall and she was already starting to fill up. I was told I was customer 54 or 55 or so, so based on that, I’m thinking she keeps a small workload that is enough to keep her busy without being overwhelmed.

Post # 9
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsFutureG:  Why do you have 3-4 appointments? Do you have a lot to do to your dress? My hollow-to-hem is made to my measurements so I just need to have it taken in if I lose weight. Just making sure I have enough appts!

Post # 10
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1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@willwork4shoes:  She set that up for me. The first is to drop it off and put it on so she sees what needs to be done. #2 is for the first real fitting. If I like it, I suppose I’m done. Otherwise, #3 is to pick it up and fix it. If I’m still picky, #4 is to resolve all issues. It sounded like she was just setting those up as a “just in case” scenario, so her calendar was properly made and she didn’t screw anyone over with overbooking.

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