Whether your wedding dress needs major modifications or a few minor modifications, your dressmaker’s work will affect your entire look on the big day. Your final fitting offers one last chance to make sure that your wedding dress looks perfect from the neckline to the hem — that’s why it’s so important to pay attention to these three key factors. If you have not collected a needle and thread since the seventh grade, it cannot be taken for granted to know what to look for in a ready-made dress. That’s where we step in: Armed with this simple checklist from Sara Teixeira of the tailory of Philadelphia, you can give your modified wedding dress one more time with confidence.
The first question to ask yourself when putting on a newly modified dress, but especially the one you want to wear on your wedding day, is obvious: how do you feel? “I always ask my clients if the dress is comfortable — comfort is just as important as the final look,” says Teixeira. If you wear a strapless dress, it should be a little tight at the waist, where the boning and the structure of the bodice provide the support that would otherwise have been provided by the wearers; these dresses “break” during wear, says Teixeira. “If you start from what is comfortable, there is a chance that in the end it will feel loose.”
Having addressed the feel of the dress, Teixeira visually checks the fit, looking for a gaping opening at the neckline, waist and straps, and making sure there is a tighter — but still comfortable — fit in areas that are supposed to stretch against the body (like the bodice or the hip area). The finished version of your wedding dress may not be as smooth as on the pattern of your inspiring photo, but this does not mean that the cut is turned off. “Sometimes there are design elements of a dress that create movement in the fabric, and there may be something that can be done or not, ” says Teixeira. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that the dress is out of order. Since there are so many variations in the construction of clothes and body types, not all clothes always fit the same for everyone.”
If you are satisfied with the fit, focus on the details. “If the dress has handmade finishes-appliqued lace, beads or pleated placed by hand – confirm that it has been handed over,” says Teixeira. “Hooks and loose eyes, aimlessly hanging threads and unfinished seams are all that should be looked for.”Then check the hem, make sure that it is straight and the length you wanted, and that the dress was muffled. In simple terms, says Teixeira, your wedding dress ” must be ready to wear and be in the condition in which you want to wear it.”
The general aspect
Last but not least, says Teixeira, confirm that the finished wedding dress reflects the one you fell in love with. “The garment [should] resemble the origin, but now sized according to their shape,” she explains. And if you are not satisfied, do not hesitate to ask your seamstress for further changes. “At the end of the day, the best thing a bride can do is have a well-known and experienced seamstress who can guide her through the process,” adds Teixeira.