I realize that it is only January, but it is never too early to start thinking about – prom dresses. At least I know my 17 year old niece has already started looking. During a recent conversation with Melody Yates, our seamstress at the A Cleaner World in Boone, I learned what to look for when I venture out with Kaysie.
• Check the construction of the dress before purchasing. If there is loose stitching or loose bead work, then the dress is poorly made.
• Look for damage to the dress. The more girls that try it on, the more likely it could have a small tear or hole. Also check to see if the fabric has been stretched out and that the zipper zips easily.
• If you don’t get a perfect fit off the rack, you can always have your dream dress altered. Keep in mind, however, that it is easier to take a dress in than let it out. Melody suggested that it is better to purchase a dress that is a little bit too big rather than one that is a little bit snug. Be careful not to get a dress more than two sizes larger than what is needed because the alterations could change the original look of the dress.
• Here’s something else to consider with alterations – the construction. If the dress is lined, make sure you can get to the top of the side seam. Otherwise your seamstress will have to remove the entire side of the dress to adjust the sizing. And that could end up being costly because they will have to do it twice – once on each side.
• Finally, consider the fabric on the dress. Some fabrics are easy to alter and clean, others like costume satin, silk, and chiffon are not.
What fantastic advice. I feel armed, educated, and ready for a marathon shopping day. If you have questions about alterations, just reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or leave a message below. We’re happy to help.