Here are my top tips for considering your alterations when choosing your dream dress
& finding your seamstress
* Always order a size nearest to your size and the realistic size you will be on your wedding day (essential if you are dieting)
* Be realistic on the way the dress fits you and don't put yourself under unnecessary pressure to lose/gain weight - be a shape you aren't
* Consider the costs of alterations in your budget
* Think about underwear options - can you wear a bra? Will you need bust cups sewing into the dress?
* Does your dress have a large train and can it be bustled up at the back later on? I can sew bustles in to creatively and aesthetically gather up the train of your dress for ease of movement in the evenings, this isn't something dresses generally come with.
* Consider the shoes you will be wearing will it be a heel or flats? If the dress is a fishtail and you are petite taking a large amount off the bottom can misproportion the dress.
* Sit down in the dress when you try it on - so many brides forget to do this especially with the mermaid and fishtail styles - You have a wedding breakfast and speeches to sit through and enjoy - it's one special day - make sure you are comfortable
* Most bridal boutiques will have an inhouse seamstress - although I have a bridal boutique myself I will take in alterations from brides who have bought their dresses elsewhere. We usually book a first try on and at that point, we can establish together getting the perfect fit on your dream dress and work out your alteration costs and timescales.Many good bridal boutiques with experienced staff can guide you on the right dress shape and structure for your individual and beautiful body - if a dress needs too much re working it's perhaps not the right dress for you. As seamstresses we can create re make and change many things on dresses, some people have called me a miracle worker - but Miracles we can't do, it's essential to get your dress right for the most part then your alterations will be easy - more cost effective and much more enjoyable.
"Happy dream dress shopping ladies" - Debbie x