(Closed) worried about alterations…..quick question, please read.

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4485 posts
Honey bee

A reputable (usually independent from the bridal salons and thus less expensive with better quality work) seamstress in your area will have no issues with that as it is what they are trained to do for a living. Taking a dress in is very easy for them, but it is impossible to make a dress larger if it is originally too small.

Post # 4
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah most salons tell you to wait – mine did too even though I haven’t gained weight in over ten years.  Rest easy, it really is possible to take in the bust even though there’s a lot of beading on it, but a professional should be the one doing it.

If your salon is the place doing the alterations for you, you could tell them you changed your wedding date to November 13 to get them to start on the alterations sooner.  Or give them some other excuse like you’re leaving for your destination wedding a whole month early or something.

When you have the first fitting with the seamstress, there’s a good chance she’ll recommend putting in breast cups – that’ll give you an extra cup size and help fill in the bust area so they don’t have to take it in quite so much.  Make sure your “final fitting” is scheduled a full two weeks before your wedding so they have another week to fix it again if they didn’t take it in enough the first time around.

Post # 5
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Don’t worry— bridal salons have lots of experience altering beaded, lace, and other complicated bodice constructions. They know what they’re doing, and if you were in between sizes, ordering up was the way to go. This way, your dress will be your exact measurements and literally will be made for you.

You have some time. Most first fittings are about 6 weeks before the wedding. Let us know how it turns out!

Post # 6
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Don’t worry about it.  My bodice was huge and it had beading along the edge and alterations went well.  I started my alterations 2 months before the wedding and that was enough time.

Post # 7
527 posts
Busy bee

When they do the alterations they will fit it to you perfectly…that’s their job.  You’ll be fine for time as well.  The beading does mean it will take more time to alter than a plain dress, but not so much time that you should worry.  Just breathe and trust the professionals.

Also, I would recommend using a reputable independent seamstress in your area over a salon seamstress.  The price will be cheaper and the quality of work is usually a bit better. 

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