Wedding Dress Alterations by Hanna
Wedding dress alterations are a fact of life, but if your expectations are in order and you go to the right seamstress, you should be ready for your wedding day with a gown that fits flawlessly. Wedding gowns have so many complex details — from boning to hems and bustles — it’s best to find a professional who will have seen and worked on bridal alterations in the past.
Seamstresses who have worked on bridal gowns are used to reworking fabrics, opening up hems, and can practically redesign a dress. Such skills are particularly helpful when a bride wants to modernize her mother’s gown — a seamstress can use the same fabric but create an updated style for the gown.
Timing Is Important
Most brides require three or four fittings to attain the perfect fit. You should allow two to three months from the time of your first wedding dress alteration to your last. Each fitting will require some time and you’ll have to be prepared.
When you’re ready for bridal alterations, don’t just bring your gown. You’ll also need your undergarments, shoes, and accessories. With all of the pieces in place, it’ll be easier to envision your overall wedding day look. With the undergarments and shoes on, you’ll be able to obtain the proper fit and length of your gown, and your hair accessories or veil will help ensure you’ve got the right balance. If you don’t have the exact shoe you’ll be wearing, bring something similar in height.
One At A Time
While you might have many bridesmaids, it’s not a good idea to bring them all to your fittings. One sensible relative or friend, someone whose taste and judgment you approve of, can offer a new perspective on your wedding dress alterations. Too many opinions can easily create confusion and divert you from the image you are seeking.
Your Seamstress Is Your Best Advisor
Hanna, with her many years of dressmaking experience, will be more than willing to discuss your bridal alterations with you. She understands the importance of the wedding dress and would like nothing more than to provide you with a perfectly fitting, dream-wedding dress.