It’s weeks to the wedding and you’re stood in your beautiful dress but you’ve hammered the gym and now your dress doesn’t fit. It’s too big!! It’s too small! What can be done??!!! If you are lucky enough to have bought your dress from a shop with a dedicated seamstress like here at Amore Brides,then you can breathe a sigh of relief. In walks your “fairy godmother” your seamstress. Never underestimate the importance of the lady or gent in your wedding preparation process…..
Most ladies span 2/3 dress sizes when they are measured for their gown by the store so there will normally be adjustments on most gowns needed. The biggest fear girls have is that the dress will never look as they want it too, but with a bit of patience, and a lot of hard work on behalf of the seamstress by the final fit the dress can fit like a glove
So what can you do to make the fitting process go as smoothly as possible?
- Always be prepared with the shoes, underwear and petticoat that you’ll be wearing on the day for every fitting.
- Try to keep people to accompany you to a minimum. We need the space in the room to work and get you walking and sitting in your dress.
- Be aware that during the fit process if your body measurements are changing then additional fits will be needed to keep up with your weight/inch loss/gain. The average amount of fits you may need is 3 but we put no limit on the amount of fittings it takes to get the dress fit correct. If you feel like it needs an extra tweek, tell us!!
- During the process the dress will be unfinished, will have embellishment missing, and although this can look disconcerting, patience is appreciated.
- Try to be as flexible with fitting times/ dates We want to and will try to accommodate your diary as much as possible but the more you can make yourself available for fittings the better and less stressful for everyone.
So why when I’ve spent all this money on a really expensive dress do I have to pay for alterations I hear you say? Due to the amount of fluctuations that can occur with a brides body measurements on the lead up to the wedding, and the fact that most girls do not fit a standard size it would be impossible to include the cost of alterations into the gown cost. The average gown can take 20 hours in total to unpick, alter and re sew. The average bride has 4 hours of fitting time, making the total time spent working on a gown and fitting 3 working days. Most seamstress are self employed, and if they ever counted up the hours and did the maths they work for less than minimum wage.
And this is why I am eternally grateful to my dedicated team and I have based Amore Brides reputation on my hardworking and extremely talented seamstresses.