An introduction to the foreign world of fitting a wedding gown
During a fitting I had a mother of the bride ask me, “have you ever been in a situation where there were no alterations needed?”
As if I was on auto-pilot, I quickly responded with a confident, “Nope!”. It’svirtually impossible for a bride to need zero alterations done to her gownonce it arrives. First and foremost, you want this gown to fit you like a glove and in order to make that happen there is one very important toolthat a design house’s production team does not have, YOU!!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it forever; when it comes to your gown,alterations are your best friend!!!
Most gowns are made in a size according to a bride’s measurements,while some designers prefer to make gowns to the specific measures ofthe bride. Now, in the case of specific/custom measures you might ask “they have my exact measurements, why would I need to alter anything?”and that’s not a crazy question but again the main tool they are missing isyou and your body, your under garments, your shoes to measure hem, etc.
When you put on a gown for the first time you can see how the gown willfall and move in real life. During production, base forms are used to mimicthe curves of a woman’s figure and allow designers to create the perfectsilhouette. However, it isn’t until the gown is on a woman’s body that youcan truly see the real-life fit. All women are shaped differently, and “Not allhour glasses are created equal.”
So, in a nutshell, don’t try to avoid fittings. Embrace them!
…Come back soon for more translations from the fittings world!