Just for You
"I had my wedding dress altered at Just For You. This is a one-person shop and you do need to be prepared to be patient because of this. This will be easier if you live in town. However, if you are willing to be flexible, you will definitely reap the rewards. The prices are great; definitely lower than when I had a couple bridesmaids dresses altered at two different bridal shops. The quality of the work was excellent- my strapless, low back dress was a perfect fit- with no bulging, but no need to pull it up either- and the last-minute spaghetti straps that she sewed on for me (for the reception- I tucked them in the dress during the ceremony) held up great at the reception despite 5 hours of very active dancing! By comparison, a friend had similar straps attached to her dress, and they popped off after 2 dances. Also, my bustle stayed up all night, and at every wedding I have been to the bustle comes undone at some point during the reception, so I was very pleased by this. I will say that before the wedding I was concerned that the dress was too loose. She was very considerate of my concerns but in the end I gotta say she was right- it wasn't too loose, because it stayed up fine all night even when I didn't use the straps, and for once I didn't have to stop halfway through a wedding to unzip my dress and breathe! She offered me great advice throughout the alterations process (and is always honest about the limits of what she is able to do for a particular dress), and was always attentive and helpful if I had a concern. She also carries wedding dresses for sale and spent quite a lot of time with me looking through dresses I might like. I loved it so much more than shopping for dresses at a standard bridal shop- no pressure and you have an expert seamstress's advice on how easy or hard each dress will be to alter- if you are in the market for a bargain dress, I would definitely recommend taking a look at what she has to offer. However, you will want to shop in normal bridal stores first to get a feel for what style you want- because these dresses are for resale by individual owners, she can't let everybody with a passing interest try them on and slowly get them dirtier and dirtier, so you should be serious if you ask to try on dresses. In the end I didn't decide on a dress there and found one in a sample room at another store. But she was perfectly gracious about still doing my alterations and never held it against me that I didn't buy a dress from her. Bottom line, going with Just for You for my alterations was one of the best decisions I made for my wedding."