(Closed) Who is doing your alterations?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Who will alter your dress?
    The store I bought the dress at : (17 votes)
    47 %
    An independent seamstress : (19 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    The store I bought it at was inconvenient to my actual location. I live downtown, and would have had to rent a car and drive to the suburbs every time i needed an alteration!

    Post # 4
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I bought my dress in another state so I had to find seamstress.  If you go with an independent seamstress, be sure to shop around and see if they have done wedding dress alterations before.  I had a little fiasco and needed to take my dress in.  I got a few estimates, one asked for $2000 in alterations, another $500 and another $300. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    The store where I bought my dress actually didn’t offer alterations. It was a small boutique, and they recommended a few local seamstresses.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2195 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    my dress is going to be a pnina tornai, exclusive to kleinfeld, so i trust that they know how to handle her dresses better than anyone, and if they eff up, they can just talk to pnina about it (pnina herself will be taking all my measurements for the dress instead of just ordering a size and having them do it from that flat size).  i trust them over anyone else and since i’m already blowing the dress budget, i might as well just forget about it and let them do it all.

    Post # 7
    Member
    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m going to an independent seamstress because I didn’t purchase my dress from a bridal salon – I ordered it from Netbride.com.  Even if I did purchase it from a store, I think I would still consider going to an independent seamstress because I feel like there’s less chance to get ripped off.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2465 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i really love the store i bought my dress from, it’s conveniently located between my office and home, and i’m getting my veil, a cute sash, and bridesmaid dresses from there too (and probably my invitations and rehearsal dinner dress–yeah, i love them that much!). i could probably get a better deal somewhere else, but i really trust them… 

    Post # 9
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    1385 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    The store I bought the dress in is a small boutique and the woman who owns it has been doing wedding dress alterations her whole life. She is amazing and knows exactly what she’s doing. I can’t speak for places like David’s Bridal or what not, but I know all Suzanne’s reviews are glowing. :o) So Suzanne at the shop it is! :o)

    Post # 10
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    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’m hoping to get a seamstress even though it will be short notice – the dress is scheduled to arrive a month before the wedding. The store said they would charge me a rush alterations fee of $150 on top of their $500 “starting” basic alteration fees. Just way too much. Part of me suspects they gave the delivery date so close to the wedding on purpose too, as well as measuring me a size too big so there’s more to alter. Maybe I’m just being paranoid but I don’t exactly have warm and fuzzy feelings toward my salon.

    Post # 11
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    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I didn’t buy my dress at a bridal salon, so I’m using an independent seamstress (she has AMAZING reviews and has does hundreds, if not thousands, of bridal gowns).  Also, her prices her very affordable… much less than what fancy bridal salons would charge I’m sure. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    A family friend is doing mine. I have heard a lot of bad stories about bridal stores overcharging for alterations so I probably would have gone the independent seamstress route regardless.

    Post # 14
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    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @ddubzz – Who are you going to for yours? I was highly recommended In Stitches with Renee. Just worried she won’t be able to fit me in so close to the wedding, since I was told she doesn’t book before the dress arrives.

    Post # 15
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    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Mine is both kinda…I found my dress at a bridal shop and bought it preowned from preownedweddingdress.com (saved $3400!!) and then brought it back to the store I originally tried on the sample to have them alter (i felt bad not giving them some of my business).  but get this..they charge $900 for outside alterations!  i got that down to $600 but I had to buy a $300 veil.  Still crazy but overall I still saved $3000.

    Post # 16
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    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @meliss: I’m using Alterations by Mahtab in OC.  My brother lives near South Coast Plaza, so I frequent the OC quite often.  She has great reviews on Project Wedding.  You should email her and let her know your situation… maybe she will be able to help; you never know!  Good luck!  🙂

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