You walk into the wedding dress shop with the hopes of finding the perfect dress. Except, you discover there is a lot of clipping involved to making the dress look perfect. Unless you’re fortunate enough to find the perfect fit off the rack, you’ll quickly discover dress alterations are a must. Don’t fret, I have compiled expert advise, as you plan for this next step in your buying experience.
Buy the size you need
A good place to start is within your jean size, simple can be taken in more. Adding straps, adjusting bust ect. can be easily worked into your dress. It can be tempting to buy the dress that is on sale, but several sizes too big or even too small. Keep in mind, when letting out a dress, the fabric can only go so far. If you are needing to go in on the dress, something to consider is the design on the back, if you try to go in too far, it can change the way the design looks. Sales are fine, just be mindful in the process.
Setting the appointment
Remember how busy it was that Saturday, while you looked for your dream wedding dress? Keep this in mind when scheduling your alterations appointment. Saturdays are equally as busy for the seamstress. Either plan to book weeks out or if you need to be in sooner, it will be in your best interest to schedule the appointment during the week.
First off, make sure you have plenty of time to allow your seamstress to not feel rushed. It will show in their work and isn’t fair to either of you. Plan to wear the garments you intend to use on your wedding day. (i.e bra or corset.) Other wise you will wonder why the dress doesn’t sit the same as it did when you did the alterations. Surprisingly, this can drastically change the fit of the dress. If you are planning on heals for your big day, bring your shoes. If you don’t have your shoes picked yet, bring shoes that have a similar heel height. Be prepared to have multiple fittings. It is important that you are vocal, this will allow your seamstress to bring your vision to life.
The final fitting
It’s almost the big day, you’re working through all the final touches. The final fitting of your dress is important and you want to make sure you’ve allowed enough time for any corrections. You should allow a minimum of two weeks prior to your wedding day, to complete the final fitting. You don’t want to slip into your gown the day of, only to find there are major issues. Your Seamstress wants to make sure you are happy, this is the time to bring up any concerns with the fit.
The Thank You
You’ve returned from the honeymoon and are now working to send out your thank you cards. Remember your seamstress. This can be a thankless job, not because the bride is heartless but because weddings are distracting. Send your seamstress and sweet thank you card. You will be giving them the smile they deserve.
Exciting addition to Sophia’s for 2017!! ALTERATIONS! We are excited to welcome the wonderful Sewing Lady and her crew at Sophia’s! They will be instore two days a week to pin, have consultations, and create the perfect fit for all our amazing customers! We are thrilled to be able to offer this service. Call today to reserve a spot – 317.222.5645