Hi - I am Julianna Chary from Quick stitch, a bridal alterations store located right here at Central and Rock Road. We take pride in having served our customers with the perfect fit for the past ten years.
Bridal gowns are our specialty, and we at Quickstich understand that every dress needs a little tuck to accentuate not just the curves that you've always dreamed of but a fit to make you comfortable on that very special day.
Just last year, we made more than 400 brides happy, and we are here today to tell you that " Dresses are made for a mass, Quick stitch will make sure it fits you."
I look forward to meeting you at Quick stitch and giving you the perfect fit.
So you found the perfect dress. The only problem is that it is too small. No problem! It can be altered.
The truth is you will be a very unusual bride if your wedding gown doesn’t need some alterations. But how much can a gown be realistically adjusted? And how much will it cost? Most bridal gowns need some adjustment, and unless your gown does not have a train, at the bare minimum, it will need bustles sewn in the back. So be prepared to add a bit more to your wedding gown costs than the price tag states. The average bride spends between $55 and $175 on alterations.
If you know the specific alterations that your gown needs, feel free to call around and get some telephone bids. You do not necessarily have to use the alterations service from your bridal shop, but don’t cut corners that you might regret. A seamstress experienced with altering wedding gowns will probably do a better job than your average tailor at your local dry-cleaner.
Not every dress can be altered to fit exactly the way you would like. Remember two rules of thumb:
It is easier to take something in than it is to let it out. If you are wearing your mother’s wedding gown, it may be worth going to great lengths to get the gown to fit. But, if you are buying a new gown, get the correct size. Making a dress larger is difficult, and you may not like the fit afterward.
Don’t buy a gown more than one size larger than your own size. Larger gowns are cut proportionally larger all over the gown. The neckline, the bodice, and shoulders will all be oversized. This means the gown may not fit quite right if only the side seams are taken in. However, some dresses are designed to fit several sizes, with a corset back that ties instead of zips. To get the best fit, stay as close as possible to your correct size.
If you (or a friend or family member) are a competent seamstress, you could easily make many of your alterations and save quite a bit of money. For instance, a hem from a professional tailor might range from $55 for a very basic hem to $125.00 for multiple layers but might not be a difficult chore for someone who knows their way around a sewing room. It all depends on the construction of the gown. Hems can be very simple, but be aware that if your gown has lace at the hemline, it may require more extensive work.
Some alterations are more difficult and should be reserved for someone who really knows what they are doing. But wedding gowns are designed to be altered, and many are constructed in such a way as to make adjustments easier. Take a good look at the interior construction of your gown to determine how difficult it will be to make the necessary adjustments before you take it on.
If possible, order your dress at least 12 weeks before your wedding to allow enough time for the necessary adjustments. Plan your last fitting several weeks before your wedding, so you have time to make last-minute adjustments if needed. Weddings can be stressful, and you may find that you either lose a little weight or gain a little weight during your engagement.
Try your wedding gown on without any make-up. You want to be as clean as possible to avoid soiling your gown. And wear your nicest under clothes as it is likely you may be only partially dressed during your fitting.
Be sure to wear the bra and shoes that you will be wearing for your wedding. Don’t try to find shoes with the right heels after your gown has been altered. Buy your shoes prior to having them hemmed.
Keeping these tips in mind will help you when selecting your gown and your tailor. And remember, for less stressful wedding preparation, shop early for your wedding gown.
Quick stitch does an EXCELLENT job... VERY personable and friendly. They know your name when you walk through the door... they get you right in and fix your clothes, then you're on your way!!...