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4 Questions You Must Ask Your Tailor

It’s very rare that a bridesmaid dress fits perfectly. That’s why having a good tailor is a must. Many times, the alterations can cost you as much as the dress if you don’t take the time to think about fit before buying. You’ll likely have to get hemline and straps adjusted, but larger changes inevitably cost more.

Because great-fitting dresses are always on our minds, we wanted to share our suggestions for what to ask a tailor. We caught up with custom bridal dressmaker and seamstress extraordinaire Daniela Chaidez of Dame Couture to get answers to these questions and find out how to avoid costly surprises and delays when you take your dress to the tailor.

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1. How much time in advance should I bring in my bridesmaid dress for alterations?

When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, 3 weeks to 6 weeks is pretty good timing for most tailors, but the really busy ones may have longer lead times. You’ll likely only need a fitting or two to get the right look.

2. What should I bring with me for my appointment?

Make sure to bring the shoes and undergarments you plan to wear the day of the wedding. It’s not just about the height of the heel or bra padding; your body posture changes depending on the shoes and undergarments that you’re wearing. Seeing how you’d truly look on the big day can be very helpful when altering a dress.

3. Do you offer a quote before bridesmaid dress alterations begin?

Most alterations professionals can offer a quote right away. Even if they can’t tell you a price on the spot, don’t agree to the alterations until the price is provided. Some bridesmaid dress styles can be very tricky and delicate, so costs can run quite high. It’s nice to know the price expectation before you start working with an alterations person.

4. How big is too big to alter?

Tailors can do different things depending on their experience, but the rule of thumb is to stick to no more than 3 dress sizes larger. All dresses are designed differently, but the size difference will be more noticeable in certain styles, like a strapless dress with princess seams. When in doubt, remember it’s always easier to take in a dress than let it out.

Now you’re guaranteed to look stunning! Get in touch with a Brideside stylist to find your best fit today.

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