General Bridal
Questions & Answers


Since I put up this new Bridal section I have been receiving many e-mails from brides in various situations asking what they can do about it. In this section I will post some of the questions I've received and my answers in the hopes that someone else may benefit from them. I promise to keep your e-mail address private. Writing to me gives me permission to post both your letter and my answer along with any pictures of you in your gown you may send. If you ask me to not post somthing I simply will not take the time to answer your question.

I have been altering wedding gowns for a long time and I can share thoughts and ideas that might help you get out of a difficult situation or conflict with your Salon or Alteration Specialist or help you see how the bridal industry works and what choices you can make to bring your wedding plans into line with your dreams. I don't have all the answers and I am very opinionated when it comes to certain subjects, but I will give you the best answer I can and tell it to you straight. I do not guarantee you will like it, but you also do not have to follow it either. 

So much of bridal alterations is choice - comfort verses looks, utility verses style. There are no set rules. Most brides who come to me are thinking only of how they look. They and their moms ask what is right, what is proper. I do what I can to balance this with helping them to think about comfort too. To look good you have to feel good.

Please understand that I can not give step-by-step, detailed instructions of how to do bridal alterations in e-mail. I have paying customers that expect me to spend the bulk of my time on sewing their gowns. I will answer what e-mails I can as soon as I can with general advice that may help your situation. If you write to me asking for step-by-step sewing instructions I just won't have the time to answer you. Also understand that I can not fix your figure problems, your future in-law problems, or answer etiquette questions.

If you are a sewing professional I have another area of this site that discusses all types of job related issues. Go to:


Here's a great way to start this page out:

The wedding day was fast approaching. Everything was ready, and nothing could dampen Jennifer's excitement, not even her parents' nasty divorce. Her mother Sheila finally found the PERFECT dress to wear and would be the best dressed mother of the bride EVER!

A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn her new young stepmother, Barbie, had purchased the same dress. She asked Barbie to exchange the dress, but Barbie refused, "Absolutely not! I'm going to wear this dress; I'll look like a million in it!"

Jennifer told her mother, who graciously replied, "Never mind dear. I'll get another dress, after all it's your special day, not hers."

Two weeks later, another dress was finally found. When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked her mother, "What are you going to do with the first dress? Maybe you should return it. You don't have any place to wear it."

Sheila grinned and replied, "Of course, I do, dear! I'm wearing it to the rehearsal dinner!"


Before You Order

Botched Alterations

Buying from a Trunk Show, or Ebay,
or Your Neighbor's Sister's Cousin

I Just Want to Change . . .

Cheers & Jeers

Why the High Cost?

Sweating the Details

On a Diet? and Other Weight Matters

Finding the Right Alterationist

Do I Have To?


Politically Incorrect Answers

Lace-up Backs

Maids and Other Formal Gowns

Moms, Dads and Other Family Matters

Not My Job

Other Stuff

I'm Pregnant!!!!!!


Bridal Salon Issues

Cleavage & Necklines


It's Just Too Big

It's Just Too Small

Sewing Your Gown from Scratch

Doing Your Own Alterations

Busts and Bodices

Gown Care


Please note that you may find some letters posted in more than one topic. I found some situations hard to categorize so I have put them in multiple pages.

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