Tuesday, March 17, 2009

#584: the alterations.

so now that we're down to like the last 2 months before the wedding (holy mother of the earth), i knew it was about that time to get my dress alterations done.

i had initially called a wedding dress alterations shop. i figured i'd get the alterations done and at the same time try to hustle i mean borrow a veil from their collection (this shop also rents dresses and wedding accessories). two birds, that kind of thing.

but alas, the owner warned me that their prices for the basic alterations i needed wouldn't be worth it. and it's true. my dress doesn't need all that much work...just a little shortening here, a little hook added there, and that's about it. he told me any alterations shop could do the job.

i was bummed for a sec. because there went my plan to get a veil on the sly. so i accepted that there would be no veil (i'm not buying one separately and i don't want to construct one on my own) and i was all set to call up regular tailoring shops for prices...when i remembered my relative.

you see, i have a relative who is a fabulous seamstress. in fact, she built my prom dress from scratch, back when i was 18. you know, back when i had the body of an 18-year old. *sigh* anyways, i had given her a roll of white satin fabric and sketched what i thought i'd wanted to wear. mind you...i don't draw. nor am i a designer. but she constructed it. and after 1 fitting, it was perfect. srsly. in fact, i should dig up my prom picture to show you.

wouldn't that be fun.

anyways. so this past weekend, i took my wedding dress (the dress that sadly cost $$$$ instead of $$$ or $$ or $) and she pinned and pinned. and i twirled and i walked and i giggled. heh.

anyways. so unexpectedly, i won't be paying for alterations. i mean, i plan to thank her in some way of course. but still. it's not like she's charging me.

and my dress will have the touch of family on it. kind of cool.

p.s. am i a hustler? kind of.

14 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm confused--didn't someone make a veil for you? Or did I read that somewhere else?

Ten Thousand Only said...

hi lisa. yes, that's me. i have a headpiece/hairpiece. but i was thinking of adding a drapey veil to the ensemble. but now i will not be.

and all is well.

talda said...

that's using your resources. nice work tto!

Ms. B said...

Hi TTO! Nice relative! That's awesome :D

My name is Sarah said...

now you can buy/rent a veil with the $ you would have spent on alterations! win/win!

christine said...

Good for you! When people say "let me know if there's anything I can do to help" typically they really mean it. Way to get it done.

Paisley said...

Thats great because alterations can cost a lot. I didn't need much done on mine but it was still $100. I didn't plan on getting a veil either but I just didn't feel like a bride without one but they are so expensive! I got a coupon for mine at a bridal convention so I lucked out to get it for only $40. Who knew you could use coupons in your wedding!

AnnC said...

OMG... you mean alterations aren't included in the wedding dress price from the start ?
Non wonder a US wedding costs so much lol...
But great for your $ to have that relative ;-)

Alison said...

@AnnC - They aren't included with my dress because I got it at a sample sale. TTO did too, so I'm assuming that's why it's not included.

For mine, the place I got it form said they still would do alterations, but they only did the sample alterations in January and September.. so no good for an October wedding! And they said it would be at least $300.. to get it shortened and adding a bustle. Ridiculous, especially considering the dress was $800 - that's almost half the cost of the dress! So we're in search of a tailor that won't totally rip us off.. haha

Bridgette said...

Nice work. Really nice relative...

Now I want to see that prom dress!

Teresa said...

a seamstress in the family!? Lucky. That ties a related mechanic and defense attorney (or are those just prized by my family?)

Anonymous said...

I got my very long cathedral veil at Target for $6.24 - no joke!!

Laya S said...

I bought my veil for $21 from Bella Bridal Veils(Etsy). I got a simple 1-tier shoulder length veil and it's very well made. I didn't want to spend a lot on a veil either and am very happy with the purchase. Check it out!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6156483

The Perfect Pear l.l.c. said...

first things first! get the dress done!
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