Friday I went down to Sikeston to get my dress altered.
I put the dress on with my shoes and stepped out to meet the seamstress (I'm not entirely sure that that is 100% politically correct). She asked me if I wanted bra cups and gave me 2 sizes to choose from. Then she started pinning at the top and worked her way down! It was really amazing because she didn't say, "What do you want done to the dress?," she just knew. She explained what would look different (namely, the armpit area, the fabric was so thick there she had a hard time getting it pinned just so), she wanted to know how far down I wanted the snugness to go (we decided on mid thigh), and she gently pulled and pinned where she thought the dress needed it. And when she was done I was elated...because even with about 100 pins in it, that dress looked 1000x better than it did when I first tried it on.
I love my dress again!
It'll be done in a week or 2. We also decided on a really simple French bustle and since we chatted it up about sewing machines for the 30 minutes it took to pin me, she offered to save the fabric she cuts off the bottom of my dress so I can have it. I have no clue what I'll do with it yet, but I'll be thrilled to have that. I'm sure I can come up with something.
She was the nicest woman, and so intuitive. Areas I didn't even notice needed taking in, she took in. And how's this for expertise....when we were messing with how far down the dress would fit snugly before it flares a bit at the bottom, she mentioned that once the dress is tight down to a point, then in order to "use the facilities" (that's how she put it), the dress would have to come off. I never in a million years would have thought of a detail like that!
I'll report back as soon as it's done!
How did you alterations go? Did they make you feel better about your dress? Or did you get lucky and not need alterations?