I joke often, saying, “If you are going to talk about me, you better look perfect!”
If your gown is strapless, you should never ever feel the need to pull it up! Strapless gowns should always have boning throughout the bodice…. Those are plastic strips sewn to the seams and lining. It is those strips that hold the gown up. So, your gown must be the most fitted at your waist, your smallest part, which then allows the boning to do its magic. Above your waist it then becomes about sculpting your gown to you. Fitting closely to your rib cage gives beautiful definition. Your upper chest should lay against your skin…. Not cut in or ever stand away. The same is true on your back. The hemline should be straight from side seam to side seam and blend out towards the train. Finally, your bustle should be something you really love since you will be bustled far longer than you are with your train down.
The stories that I hear every season are often sadly repetitious and always with the simple fact that someone is very unhappy and worried about the big day. Quite frankly, there are a lot of people out there who either don’t know what they are doing or don’t care or both.
My goal is always to make your gown fit you perfectly and in such a way that you cannot tell I ever touched your gown. If there is lace, pleating, or beading on the bodice or hemline, those layers get peeled back to get to the actual seams. The alteration is done and then the gown is put back together.
Unless a gown needs a major overhaul, all issues can generally be addressed in one fitting. Again, I hear so often that brides have several fittings for standard areas of work. I don’t believe that is necessary at all.
I sincerely want my clients to feel like a million dollars! Even some of the biggest messes from China or really bad alterations can be saved… So not to worry!
You need to have your actual wedding shoes and undergarments for your fitting. Regarding cost, I will not be the least expensive option, however you will get what you pay for. I promise! Prices can really vary depending on the gown, but a typical starting price is around $500.