Three Wedding Dress Alteration Must-Knows

by arnold
on December 2016
Created: December 2016

Most brides go into their first wedding dress fitting knowing that the bust, waist and hip area of their dress may need to be altered slightly. Designer wedding dresses are fabricated and detailed to perfection, but unfortunately they will not always fit like a glove. Luckily professional seamstresses can alter the dress back into the made-to-be dress that the bride fell in love with.

 Here are some things that all brides should know before going for their first dress fitting:

How much time do I need?

Wedding dress alterations must start sooner rather than later to avoid chaos and disappointment. 6 weeks before the wedding day is a good time frame for a wedding dress to be altered accordingly. Brides should be available for 3-5 fitting sessions during the alteration process. Make your booking online well in advance to ensure you get your preferred time slots!

Silk, satin and organza can snag/pull easily; material like lace that can be fixed with an applique is easier to work with. It is always easier to work with a dress that is too big than a dress that is too small.

Measurements that affect alterations:

Remember to bring your shoes with to your fitting so that measurements are taken accurately! You can also bring your jewellery along (if you have it already) to give you the full picture.

During a fitting your seamstress will measure
-Your full bust
-Your waist line
-Across the widest part of your hips
-The width of your shoulders from the outer point of each socket
-Arm length from shoulder to wrist
-Leg length from waist to floor (with shoes on)
-Actual height

What is likely to be altered?

Besides the waist, hip and bust area, brides can expect to have the straps and the length of their wedding dress altered.

Adding a bustle lifts the train up in a decorative fashion off of the floor; there are various bustle designs to choose from, and each depends on the cut of the dress. Be sure to ask your seamstress about the difference between Ballroom, American, Australian and French bustles.

Your bustle design will depend on the cut of your train and the material used. For example, while delicate material like organza, silk and satin are more difficult to alter without snagging, material like lace can be modified nicely with the help of an applique. Here are some wedding dress train designs; your seamstress will give you more advice on how to add in a bustle based on your train.

Bridal Manor Dress Train 

Bridal Manor Pretoria


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