What are the lesser-know questions I should know about wedding dress alterations?

February 11, 2015

Even though Eternal Weddings' wondrous Melbourne showroom has a beautiful array of wedding dresses for your perusal – will you choose a sleek Ronald Joyce or an exquisite La Sposa effort? – the chances are that you'll need to get that dream dress altered to match your frame before the big day. Though many of the main queries regarding wedding dress alterations are well documented, such as how long to leave between fittings and the day itself, many are less anticipated. Let us guide you through anything that may be playing on your mind, and answer any question you were afraid to ask!

Will the fabric of my dress affect any further alterations?

Weddings dresses can be spun from a great many different fabrics, each varying in their texture, feel and workability. Lace, shantung and linen are the most common materials used when creating a wedding dress and, as such, are often easier to work with, and alterations are relatively straightforward for anyone with a skilled pair of hands. However, dresses made from luxury fabrics such as charmeuse, chiffon or georgette are less used and thus can be more awkward to work with when making crucial alterations. Do not fear, however – Eternal Weddings' seamstresses have over 80 years' combined experience, and their skill and flair for wedding dress alterations is unrivalled in the Melbourne area.

How early should I order my gown? 

The early bird catches the worm, or so goes the old adage, and the same philosophy applies when looking to choose your wedding dress. The earlier you buy, the bigger the window you have to get the frock just perfect through alterations and detailing. Eight months is the norm for the majority of brides, but couture examples should be purchased up to a year in advance of the big day, as their added intricacy adds an extra dimension to the alterations that they'll need. Whichever dress you choose, getting in earlier will mean that you'll get your favoured designed, be under less stress as to which to select, and give the seamstresses more time to make your frock as perfect as it can be. 

Are there any complications in altering an heirloom dress?

Though it may seem a fantastically fitting notion for a bride to walk down the aisle in her great grandmother's wedding dress, the chances are fair that such an aged garment may be irreparably damaged or discoloured. This is a saddening thought, but true Wedding dresses are crafted to last, but not forever. Eternal Weddings' experienced seamstresses or honest in their appraisals, and will let you know if a dress is beyond repair. Of course, some old dresses are brilliantly preserved, meaning that they can be altered as easily as a newer model. Do not be disheartened if your heirloom dress cannot be saved – the skilled hands of our seamstresses may still be able to make something of it. How perfect would it be that the material from the heirloom dress finds a new lease of life, as forming the bodice of a newly-bought gown?

Strapless wonder

Fashion has always moved in circles, but the strapless gown is mainstay of wedding chic that refuses to budge. Hugely popular with brides-to-be, strapless frocks are nevertheless not for everyone. Altering a strapless dress to correctly fit your figure can be a challenging undertaking, but Eternal Weddings' seamstresses are up to the task. We can make it work with your body shape in a number of ways, such as adding a cap sleeve, or slipping in a transparent fabric. A great way to disguise the parts of you that you'd prefer hidden is to work up a more modest neckline – this way, you can secret away the parts you'd rather hide, without noticeably changing the beautiful style of dress you originally chose. Don't be self-conscious about choosing a strapless dress, as everyone is beautiful in their own way, and none more so than on their wedding day.