Everything You Need to Know about Alterations
Literally every time I tell someone what I do, I'm asked if I do alterations. While I can easily hem a curtain or sew on a button, altering a bridesmaid dress is a little trickier. Bridesmaid dresses are made based on standard sizes and lengths so it's pretty common to expect a trip to the local tailor once you get your dress. Read on for secret tips on finding a good tailor!
Why do bridesmaid dresses need alterations?
What type of tailor should I go to?
When should I schedule my alterations?
What should I bring to my fitting?
How much will alterations cost?
Hemming the Skirt
This is probably the most common alteration because bridesmaid dresses are designed for someone around 5'9" or 5'10". You may be able to eliminate this cost by adjusting the heel height, but make sure you choose comfortable shoes for the dance floor!
Taking In the Sides
Sides are taken in when the dress needs to be adjusted to fit your body shape. For instance, my rib cage is small (size 2), but I have a larger waist and hip (size 4) so I would order a size 4 dress and then have the sides of the bodice taken in to measure closer to a size 2. Taking in a little or lot will usually cost the same so don't worry about that when choosing your size. It's better to take a dress in than for it to fit too small.
Shortening the Straps
This is also a common alteration for me as I have a shorter torso. I don't know about you, but I always hate when my straps keep slipping off my shoulders. Plus can you imagine always fidgeting with your straps while trying to walk down the aisle holding a bouquet of flowers? That’s why I strongly recommend altering your dress’ straps to ensure a snug fit. When possible, I try to add adjustable straps to the design to help minimize this cost.
If you have any other questions about sizing or fit, feel free to reach out! - love, tanya