Meet Me at the Alter|ations: Amanda

"Meet Me at the Alter|ations" will be a series dedicated to bridal alterations commissions completed by Syreeta C.

Today's bride is Amanda!





Amanda was referred to me by my sewing wife, Julie. That was all I needed to know before taking on her project. I knew she would be a lovely spirit and I was not disappointed. Like many, her wedding plans were affected by COVID-19, but she remained communicative about her plans. That's the best I can ever ask of anyone in times like these (and all times, truly)! With all that goes on in life, especially in wedding planning, I try not to be an additional stressor. Thoughtful updates help me help the client. And Amanda was the best at it!



It's been a while since I blogged but, newcomers and oldheads, we all should know that most bodies are not one uniform size. It is only a rare occasion where a gown fits right off of the rack. Women tend to be a different size on their top have vs. their bottom. Then cup size and bust shape must be accounted for. This is even more so important for fitted gown styles like Amanda's mermaid. Generally, you order from the chart using whichever measurement that coordinates with the larger size.*


*I say general rule because this can be subjective. If measurements are off by smaller amounts, the course of action can change. I also have different suggestions for different style gowns, e.g. A-line or fit-and-flare. If it's possible to consult with a seamstress or trained professional prior to purchase, it may be worth it. Exercise discernment and be careful of salespersons who will suggest off-sizing to force you into spending extra on alterations


Amanda's gown was a great style and silhouette choice for her body type. I told her so from the beginning. It just needed a few edits to make it the perfect fit. There alterations were pretty classic. We took it in mostly from the waist through the bust and shorted the hem.

She also had some lace appliques that she wished to add to the strapless design as off-the-shoulder sleeves.


If I remember correctly, I also added a bustle (but umm... I may not remember correctly lol).



Some gown alterations are more intense than others and Amanda's were on the tamer side. I was actually able to finish them ahead of schedule and she took her gown home at what was scheduled to be a fitting. (I don't have any work-in-progress photos, but I'll blame the fact that I was moving so quickly.)


Her design was not too heavily embellished and she came prepared at drop-off with her shoes and undergarments, which helps the process. Depending on garment complexity, timeline, and the extent of alterations, a one-and-done bridal alteration journey can happen, but I generally say to plan for at least one fitting -- maybe more if you anticipate weight fluctuation and/or start the process far in advance of your wedding date.


At pick-up, I distinctly remember a "yessss, body!" slipping past my lips before I could catch it.


And that's it. That's the sign of a flattering fit.


The photos of the ceremony also tell the story.

So I'll let them close us out.


Thank you to Amanda for being such a calm, trusting bride in COVID times.