The right fit can make all the difference
Buying a wedding gown off the rack can be a daunting task for those of us not used to altering clothes to get the perfect fit. Very rarely can a bride step into a gown and not need a stitch of altering. That’s because our bodies don’t normally fit the mold of the size charts used to
create gown patterns. So inevitably you will need a nip here or a tuck there to fit your body to a tee.
The key is to have an open mind and the vision to know what the gown will look like when it is fit properly to your figure. This is why you will often be clipped into the gowns with glorified “chip clips” when you try on, but often the consultant may have to stand behind you and hold the dress in to show you the proper fit.
Don’t be afraid of having to alter a gown. A good seamstress can make the proper alterations to your satisfaction. Taking a gown in at the seams, hemming, and adding bustles are all standard procedures. You can also change a neckline, add beading or appliqués, change a zip closure to a corset back, add straps or sleeves, or even add satin covered buttons if you have your heart set on them. Yes, these costs can add up, but you can shop around and get estimates from several qualified tailors. You may find that a seamstress that works out of her home may be just as good, but charge less because she doesn’t have as much overhead. Call around to friends recently married or your local bridal shops and check wedding chat rooms and social media sites for referrals. Don’t pass up the perfect gown for fear of the perfect fit!