(Closed) why do brides need more than one dress fitting?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have never heard of being charged for extra fittings. Seamstresses; including me, charge a flat rate for the alterations. And unless, the bride requests drastic changes, the original price is the price she will pay. The reason for the extra fittings is because it is sometimes difficult to get the exact fit when the person isn’t standing there. Also, if the bride isn’t wearing the same undergarments that she will be wearing on the day with her gown, the gown will fit differently from when the first fitting was. Sometime; depending on the gown, the bride won’t need an extra fitting, but if the gown is intricate, then chances are she will. Simple gowns usually only need one fitting, unless the same undergarments aren’t worn and/or the bride goes up or down in her weight. Also, even if a bride doesn’t gain or lose weight, she chould be toning her body, so her body shape may change, and that would require an extra fitting.

Post # 5
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@dynamic_duo: You are very welcome 🙂

If you end up losing 5lbs, you will probably have to go in for another fitting. If you just stick to the 2lbs; hopefully, you will not have to go in again.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had to have 2 fittings.  I didn’t pay for the 2nd fitting as it was to correct a mistake that we noticed when I went to pick up the dress after the 1st fitting.  The only thing I was having done to my dress was the bustle put in.  When I tried it on after the first fitting we noticed that the bustle was lopsided and brought it to their attention.  Hence the 2nd fitting.  🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

Speaking from the stand point of being a casual sewer (not a professional seamstress!) – you said “if the seamstress does her job right…” Even a very well trained seamstress will still want you to try the dress on again after she’s changed any seams, etc., because each body is different, and unless she were to take exact measurements of every inch of your body, there’s no way she can guarantee that it will fit you perfectly, which is the goal. So if, say, she’s taking in an inch on the sides, and you have a very well defined waist (more so than the average person), she’ll want to make sure she followed the curve of your side properly, and may need to make minor adjustments afterwards.

The more extensive the changes to the dress, the more fittings you’ll need to get it just right.

Even if she DOES get it perfect the first time, I can’t imagine not being 100% sure of that by trying it on with her ahead of time – how would you know before your wedding day that it was perfect unless you’d tried it on since the adjustments were made? 🙂

Post # 9
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610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Actually, I am glad my seamstress does multiple fittings.  The first will be for major alterations, the second for fine tuning, and the last to make sure everything is perfect.  But, like noritake, her rates are inclusive of the fittings.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My fittings have been in stages and they do as many as I need…first was just general, second the bodice fit but they had not done the bustle or hem yet, third the hem and bustle were basically complete..now its getting finishing touches and I will try it on 2 weeks before the wedding and pick it up day of wedding!

One alterations cost no matter how many appointments.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had two fittings.  My dress had to be taken out.  That is something that you can’t measure directly.  So what my seamstress did was to let it out as far as it would go, then have me come in so she could measure how much it should be taken in from there.

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