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What should a bride expect during the process of tailoring her wedding gown? To make a dress fit perfectly, it’s all about the small details. Typically alterations require three meetings. The first is to pin the gown to determine exactly how to fit it and to hear from the bride how she envisions herself looking […]

What should a bride expect during the process of tailoring her wedding gown?

To make a dress fit perfectly, it’s all about the small details. Typically alterations require three meetings. The first is to pin the gown to determine exactly how to fit it and to hear from the bride how she envisions herself looking on her wedding day; the second meeting is where any fixes happen, take a little in here, a little out there, whatever is needed to make the bride look her best. I recommend bringing a trusted friend to the second fitting for another point of view; and the third meeting is usually a pick up, but if additional alterations are needed, they happen at this point. It’s not uncommon for weight loss or gain to occur during fittings, which is why the third fitting is done fairly close to the wedding date. Any final alterations are completed within a couple of days of the final fitting.

What advice do you have for brides?

Brides should know that fittings and alterations are a very personal process. Each bride and gown are individual, and are treated accordingly. The same dress on two different brides can mean very different alterations, but the end goal is the same – that each bride loves themselves in their gown, and that they feel absolutely amazing wearing it. The entire alteration process is about teamwork between the alterationist and the bride to create best results possible.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I love meeting with brides. It’s so satisfying to complete a perfectly fitted gown and see the look on my brides’ faces when they see themselves in their completed gown.

What do you think is the most challenging part of being a seamstress?

There’s a misconception that heavily embellished gowns are harder to alter. The simple gowns require the most attention to detail, because every seam needs to be perfect. Also, there are no dumb questions when it comes to alterations. I’m available 24/7 throughout the process, so if there’s something you want to ask, don’t hesitate to get in touch. It’s so important for brides to have clarity around how their gowns are being altered.

What advice do you have for brides?

My biggest advice on the alterations side of the planning process, is to have FUN! Alterations is a process and sometimes can take time to achieve our perfected look. But with our team of experts we also like to have fun at our fitting appointments and let our clients know we will be working with them right until the end but also educating and explaining to our clients along the way how everything will come together!

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I have always been a HUGE people person. I love hearing our client’s stories, learning about their families. These key elements of getting to know our clients has built us not only friendships afterwards but helped us to achieve as a team their dream vision for their gown.

What do you think is the most challenging part of being a seamstress?

Anyone that knows our team knows we ADORE a challenge. haha Our team is made up of ladies who have all gone to school and graduated from well known fashion design schools. We love a challenge in a gown where we really have to put towards our expertise in designing and think outside the box. Some of our best creations and end results have even shocked us ( haha) because together with our clients we have fun in developing their vision one fitting at a time.

How long have you been tailoring wedding gowns?

I have been sewing since I was 5 years old and have been directly in bridal alterations since the age of 16. I always knew Bridal was what I was meant to do from a very young age. That would put me at ( do I tell my age haha) 19 years in Bridal specifically!

What should a bride expect during the process of tailoring her wedding gown?

In today’s environment of Covid-19, unless it is impossible to do so, I ask that brides come alone for fittings. I work from home and go to extra lengths to ensure my environment stays safe for myself and my brides. For a bride’s first fitting, I review the gown before she puts it on and we discuss if she has any special requests such as adding lace or sewing on a belt. Once on, I review the fit of the gown and start pinning, or as I like to say “sculpting” the gown to the bride in order to transform the gown into “her perfect dream gown”. As I pin, I explain why I am pinning an area, along with a brief explanation of how I will be altering so she understands and is reassured in the process of sculpting the gown to her. Unless there is custom work, such as adding custom made sleeves, adding extra skirting, or extensive bodice restyling, the gown will be completed at the next fitting, which we will book before she leaves. Any custom work usually requires one or two more appointments. Once pinning is completed, I list all work to be done, price all jobs, and review with the bride. Payment is due via e-transfer once the gown is completed and ready to take home at the final fitting.

What advice do you have for brides?

I always tell this to brides when they first contact me to book their first fitting: If you plan to wear special lingerie such as sticky cups, push up bra, Spanx, or other, go shopping before your first fitting appointment, as shaping lingerie will change your shape and in turn create additional alterations and costs if not worn with the gown at the first fitting. Also keep in mind, better quality lingerie may cost a little more, but is worth it! FYI, I have sew in bridal bust cups in sizes on hand.

Do you have any special tips and tricks?

The day of your wedding, it is always a good idea to be prepared, just in case someone steps on the tail of your bustled gown, a hook or some beads come lose, or a little drop of food or wine gets on your gown. Pack and bring with you a little sewing/cleaning emergency kit with pre-threaded sewing needles (include thread colours of your gown, along with BM and mom gowns), small safety pins, straight pins, small scissors, a few matching buttons and hooks and eyes, Tide laundry stick or similar, two sided or “Fashion Tape”, and boob tape and nipple

covers if there may be a need. Depending on the bride, you may want to add or delete from this list. A fun idea is to keep the bridal gown hem cuttings to wrap flowers etc, and keep

all BM dress coloured hem cuttings to cut into pocket squares for the fellows in

the bridal party.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

To tell you the truth, the whole process! I love what I do!!! Each gown and every bride is a new, fun, and fresh project, with its own challenges and rewards.

Do you have any special tips and tricks?

Special tips and tricks I’ve serviced for the bride are (1) I can build a special corset or bra and and adding cups of any size to the dress that make the waistline up to 4” smaller (2) I can add more boning to the dress and make the dress lay smoothly and stay up well (3) I have a covered buttons machine, as well as all industrials machines needed to do the best job, including Marrow that can do embroidered hem.

What do you like working on the most when it comes to tailoring wedding gowns?

My favorite part of the job is when the brides see the result of the dress (I take pictures of before and after), when they come back for fitting (and at the pickup time), the brides are so happy and gave me compliments. That really make my day. Also I love meeting a lot of nice and kind people.

How long have you been tailoring wedding gowns?

I have been designing patterns, making, and altering wedding gowns for over 39 years.

What should a bride expect during the process of tailoring her wedding gown?

Typically, for a Wedding Gown alterations, we ask for at least a 6-week period. On the Bride’s first visit, we determine the amount of work involved to make sure we can deliver the dress in time. At this stage, we should be able to foresee all the possible changes and book the fitting spots in advance; depending on the complexity of the work the number of fittings may vary. There is close communication with the Bride throughout the whole process to make sure we’re on the same page when it comes to the desired look.

Do you have any special tips and tricks?

Always choose the comfort over the look: I understand and many times been there myself where it is inevitable to make compromises when you have that Beauty in front of you(and it is OK to a certain extend), however, on your Special Day you don’t want to miss out on the comfort or confidence. Once you have these 2 qualities secured(that is on us)- you will look absolutely gorgeous.

What do you think is the most challenging part of being a seamstress?

Since the Bride has already made her important decision and has chosen her dress, now it is my turn to understand and respect the Bride’s vision on a perfect fit and deliver that using my experience and skills. This is by far the most challenging yet rewarding moment in the alteration process.

How long have you been tailoring wedding gowns?

The studio on Queen W operates since 2014. My personal experience in the field is over 25 years.

What advice do you have for brides?

Plan ahead- At every appointment be sure to bring your shoes, shapewear, undergarments, etc that you anticipate to wear on your big day. This helps speed up the tailoring process and cuts down on your total number of fittings.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

The quality of garments! The couture-level workmanship of bridal gowns makes me swoon! I love working with high-quality materials and superb craftsmanship.

What do you like working on the most when it comes to tailoring wedding gowns?

My favourite thing to work on is redesigning gown details such as necklines and sleeves. Dropping necklines, adding extra lace details or revamping sleeves feels fun and creative. These projects are challenging and rewarding!

How long have you been tailoring wedding gowns?

I have been tailoring for almost 20 years. Shoppe and Tailor has been open for 6 years.

1. Larissa Taranets – North York

4750 Yonge st, unit 339 – 3rd floor

416-902-6550

DM her at

@mybridalalteration

2. Maegan at Shoppe & Tailor – Downtown West Toronto

(please allow for 12 weeks wait time)

428 Ossington ave

book online at

www.shoppeandtailor.com

3. Lilit at 3rd Floor Tailors – Downtown Toronto

575 Queen st w, 3rd floor

647-977-8336

hello@3rdfloortailors.com

www.3rdfloortailors.com

4. Alice Tam – Midtown Toronto

34 Berwick ave

416-486-4147

5. Perfect Fit by Emerald – East York

932 Pape ave

416-429-2845

info@perfectfitbyemerald.com

6. Deanna Fokes – Oakville

2495 Bridge Road

905-827-4642

www.deannafokes.ca

7. Tanis Emmett – Markham

450 Alden rd, unit 4

289-892-3092

www.tanisemmett.com

8. Couture Alterations and Gown Services – Whitby

105 Colbourne st w

905-493-7397

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