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FAL-WIN 2018

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1 0 F a l l / W i n t e r B R I D E 2 0 1 8 Ask the Experts ALTERATIONS In the five years that Michelle omas has been doing alterations, she has fitted hundreds of wedding dresses. Here, she shares her advice. By Nikayla Edmondson Where did you learn to sew? "I had very basic knowledge of sewing. When I went to Western Kentucky Uni- versity, I studied fashion merchandising. I didn't know it at the time, but in that ma- jor, you had to take some sewing classes. I took the classes and fell in love with sew- ing. at major was a lot about retail, and I didn't want to do retail. I wanted to sew! But nowadays, how exactly do you find a job being a seamstress? ere were very few. I actually had a friend whose mother worked in the alterations department of a bridal shop, and I talked to her and asked, 'Hey, do you guys need help?' ey were kind enough to take me on and train me and that's how I got started." We were shocked to learn how much alterations can cost. What is the average cost and the work that goes into them? "ere are several factors that go into the cost — the type of dress you have, its fabri- cations and what you need done. Lace and heavily beaded dresses are generally more costly, just because they take a lot longer to work on. When you have a lace or beaded dress, I have to physically take off the lace, and when it comes to beading, you have to hand-bead it back on. I would say my average would be $300 to $350. e most I've ever had was maybe $470, but the dress was a lot to work on. It takes more than you think. I can't just whip it up. It can take several hours, it can take several days, it can take several weeks to work on a dress. I can only go so fast, and I need to give my hands a break. Definitely consider alterations in the wedding-dress budget." How far in advance should a bride book? "At least three months so we have time for any changes and a better idea of your body type on your day. I will schedule a first fitting. At that first fitting I'll tell them to bring any undergarments they plan on wearing with the dress, whether that's Spanx, a slip or another skirt. And bring the shoes. You really don't need the shoes until later, but bring them with you, and at the first fitting we will get the dress and pin it and take a look at what needs to be done. I'll schedule a second fitting and we'll check to see how everything I pinned is fitting. If you need a third, we'll schedule to finish up." What are some challenges you come across? "is is an extreme, but at the bridal shop there was a lady who came with a picture and said, 'I want to look like this celebrity,' and we're looking at her, and she looks great, but she doesn't have that body. You can't expect a dress to morph your body. I think it's wise to pick a dress that fits your body type and that you really, really love. Instead of one that you think is OK and you come to me and think I can completely transform the design. I can't do that." Any horror stories you want to share? "A horror story would be a bride being indecisive. For instance, I had a bride who wanted her dress tight-fitting. I do it, she comes back and wants it done differently. I do it, and she comes back again and wants it done differently. I did it and finally she came back and wanted it differently. Her wedding was less than two weeks away at this point and I had to tell her I wouldn't do it." SEW PERFECT

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