We have a few useful tips for brides on choosing the right wedding dress alteration seamstress. You can avoid a lot of headaches simply by following these tips when you start looking for the right seamstress to alter your beloved dress.
- Use a wedding dress specialist rather than a general clothing alteration seamstress or tailor. The seamstress or tailor who knows how to alter suits and jeans may not know how to pin and alter a wedding dress.
- Fitting and pinning are usually done by a seamstress or tailor up-close to your body. Therefore for brides who prefer privacy and comfortable fitting sessions, a seamstress (female) rather than a tailor (male) may be a better option.
- Do not simply use one of the seamstresses the boutique salesperson suggested or referred you to, just because you bought the dress from them. Do your own due diligence to ensure they are a proper business with the correct business phone number, an up-to-date website, business registration and insurances etc.
- Home-based seamstresses are acceptable as long as they have proper security and business insurances to protect your beloved wedding dress from fire, water and burglary as well as your personal safety while you are there.
- If time is crucial for you, you must not let the shop salesperson ships your wedding dress back to the supplier or to overseas for alterations.
- Do your own research online using search engines like Google. Read the seamstresses’ website and their social media. Most importantly, read their customer reviews and testimonials to ensure they have the right experience and proven track records to properly do the job.
- Find out how easy and efficient your seamstress can communicate with you thoughout your wedding dress alteration period. As a minimum, your chosen seamstress must be able to speak well and type in English. Preferrably she should have a variety of means for you to keep contact with her, eg. phone, sms, email, face-to-face etc.
- The place where you do your fitting and pinning is also very important. Firstly, make sure the floor is clean enough for your white wedding dress. Secondly, check whether the place has enough privacy for you to change clothes and do your fittings. Eg. the change room should not be right next to the entrance.
- If your wedding dress is a designer brand or an expensive one, your chosen seamstress must have good experience in handling and altering coutures. It would be even better if she comes from designer background with skills in couture pattern making and sample making.
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