Good dress alterations require understanding of the female body and knowledge of dress pattern-making. The more sophisticated the dress is made, the higher skills and knowledge are required to perform its alterations. There are wedding dresses, evening dresses, formal dresses, party dresses, dancing dresses and ready-to-wear dresses etc. Patterns of wedding dresses are a lot more complicated than mass-produced dresses. In order to perform good alterations on wedding dresses, the seamstress must understand these complicated patterns and their relationship with the overall design.
The seamstress should also understand the female figure. In general, female body shapes can be categorised into Apple (triangle downwards); Banana, or straight (rectangular); Pear, spoon, or bell (triangle upwards); and Hourglass (triangles opposing, facing inwards). In reality, our body shape changes all the time and a good seamstress must also be able to leave rooms and time for anticipated or unexpected changes.
Good dress alterations can make an averagely priced dress look expensive when the dress fits well on your body and stitches are all neatly aligned. And of course, bad alterations would do the opposite and make an expensive dress look cheap. It is therefore important to spend some time to search for a reliable alteration shop or seamstress if you have a valuable dress to be altered or an important event to attend. This applies to wedding dresses as well as all other evening dresses.
The reason why we women spend so much time and money on makeup and skincare is because we all want to feel good ourselves and look good in front of people and in social media feeds. Therefore we should also invest some time to research on the alteration shop or seamstress we are dealing with. Google, social media, online reviews and testimonials are good places to start. Give the business a call, send a message or an email to see how responsive and polite the staffs are. If you are a bride or a bridesmaid, you wouldn’t want to be stressed out just before the wedding day. It is wise to have a reliable alteration business or seamstress to be part of your wedding team and support.