Bridal Dress Alterations & Fittings Tips

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For brides wedding is special moment in their lives and they want to look and feel perfect and comfortable for whole of the day. They have their own dreams and designs when it comes their wedding gown. So for that reasons, search for their perfect bridal dress begins 10 or 12 months prior to their wedding.

You found your dream dress.  Well there’s hardly anyone who had a perfect fit with the dress, if you are you are luckiest of the brides. Every dress needs small twitches and tweaks or some hand embellishments according to bride’s desire and body shapes. And during the time in between, your body may go through some changes like gaining or losing weight or getting pregnant.

You want to be the perfect bride that is envy of all. Wedding dress needs to be altered to be the perfect fit.  A way to ensuring this is get your measurements taken and your dress altered to fit.  Wedding dress isn’t your ordinary daily garments that can be altered by any seamstress. Wedding dress is delicate with intricate designs and embellishments and you will need skilled hands to work on your wedding dress alterations.

When you are searching for your wedding dress,

Pick a dress that closest to your current size

General rule of thumb in garments is it is easier to take in than let out the garment. So if you buy a dress several sizes bigger, it will need too much work like re-cutting the dress and there is slight chance that final item may not hang nicely on you. Extra work means extra cost.

And if you buy dress smaller than your current size thinking about losing weight until the date, you may get stuck with your dream dress that can’t be altered when you don’t shed few pounds. And dresses too tight will not have enough seams to let it out as necessary.

If, on the other hand, you are buying online, check how the measurement compare to yours, because there are variations in sizes per label.

Timing is everything

Most brides search for their wedding dress for some 10 months prior to wedding as it takes a dress 16 to 20 weeks from the time you order to arrive in the salon. You need at least 3 fittings over a period of two to four weeks, with last fitting two weeks before your wedding. You can expect to make complete overhaul if your wedding is in two weeks. Make appointments to a seamstress as soon as you found your dress. If your body undergoes sudden changes like you get pregnant, immediately inform your seamstress about your body changes.

Picking your seamstress

Most bridal boutiques have their in-house alterations department. Depending upon the boutique and works to be done, prices will vary. It is so very important that you do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask to discuss the alterations with the actual person who will be working on your dress.

However if you ordered your dress online or your boutique doesn’t offer alterations, you can look for local seamstress that specializes in wedding gown alterations. Talk to them, ask about prices, what alterations need to be done, how long the work will take. Above all, make sure you hire a reputable person.

Never fall for lowest rate as they aren’t always skilled for type of job you want. Remember you get what you pay for and cheaper price means cheaper services making you work double to fix the wrongs.

Avoid describing your requirements of wedding alterations over the phone. Dress alteration is a delicate process and dress needs to be properly examined and fit properly. So schedule appointments with alteration shop to avoid rushing the seamstress for the finish product.

When you have chosen the experienced and reputable seamstress to do the job, trust their advices and recommendations against making certain changes. You can ask why the change is needed though or get second opinion. But remember that they have worked delicate garments for years and know the construction and best ways to alter a piece.

When you go for wedding dress fittings and alterations, bring the same items you brought when trying on wedding dresses, such as undergarments, shoes, and accessories.

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