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Countdown to Perfect Fitting Alterations

FIRST: 2 MONTHS PREWEDDING This initial fitting runs an hour. Bring along the shoes you'll wear day-of so the tailor can accurately adjust the hemline.  Strive to be at your target size by this appointment so that any major alterations your tailor makes will work on the aisle.
SECOND: 1 MONTH PREWEDDING This session is exclusively for final tweaks and therefore should happen as close to the wedding as possible and scheduled for delivery no later than 2 weeks before your wedding day.  One less thing to worry about in the final stretch before the nuptials.

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Wedding Gown Alterations

Wedding dress alterations should be a part of your wedding gown budget.  To get that great fit; the one that makes you look and feel stunning in the grandest dress of you're life, you need to have it altered from a mass produced gown to your own unique garment.

Alterations can range from perfecting the fit to restyling.  With vintage gowns it may be a job of restoration or giving it a fresh new look.  Make it strapless, give it a higher neckline, sleeves, embellishments, or beads.  Add color with a custom sash or corset tie. 

You should budget $150 -$350 for alterations.  Don't feel limited to sticking with the services of the shop where you bought the dress.  It doesn't matter how big a name the store has, it doesn't guarantee the skills of their sewing shop.  Go to someone who specializes in dress alterations.  It doesn't mean it will cost more, but rather it will cost less in the end.

I'm available for wedding gown alterations for weddings dates three month…

My Finished Wedding Gown

What fun Larry and I had that day with friends on a hot Vegas day at the famous landmark sign.

Making the Cut

The next part of making the gown is cutting it out of the fabric.  I've chosen a silk crepe for the skirt and camisole with a compatible lining and have cut them on the bias.  Crepe falls so wonderfully on the bias.



 I'm waiting to cut the lace tunic until next time, because it's a little more complicated then cutting straight fabric.  Beaded lace is not to be wasted.  I purchased these fabrics from Victoria's Bridal in Seattle.  It's nice to support local businesses if I'm not buying a large roll of fabric and Victoria's has an extensive collection of fabrics and laces.

Starting My Gown

Tonight I worked out the pattern and cut and sewed the muslin for my dress.  This is where I'll work out the kinks and perfect the pattern after it's fit.  At this point there is a metamorphosis between a vision and the physical.  Imagining and making it real.  Fine tuning it until it's finished.  I can't wait to cut the fabric.

My Wedding

I've been working on a little project.  Designing my own wedding dress.  Sort of a dressy casual Vegas, hitched by the King.  That's right, Elvis, the never dead legend himself.  I had an image of what Larry would wear.  Tommy Bahama shirt with a cream silk trouser. 

My gown is going to be a beaded Chantilly lace tunic over a cream silk crepe camisole and bias skirt.  3/4 length sleeves and a 'v' neck.  I have a pretty blue necklace Larry gave me that I'll wear with it.  Dressy sandles and a purse. 

Now that I have a vision, it's time to work on the pattern and fit a muslin mock up to work out the kinks and check the design lines...