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Does the idea of someone cutting, trimming, and sewing your wedding gown give you goose bumps in all the wrong ways? We don't blame you. Picking your tailor is almost as important as choosing your dress. So we turned to design exerts for five insider signs you've picked someone with whom you can trust your dream dress.
1. She works on wedding dresses regularly. She's built a business on restoring ball gowns, not hemming pant legs. After all, "you don't want to use the tailor who alters your dad's suits," says Marcie Muehlke, owner of Celia Grace. "This is your wedding dress!"
2. Better yet, she specializes in altering gowns by your dress' designer. Explains wedding dress designer Joanna August: "Every designer approaches dress construction differently, so working with a professional who is familiar with the architecture of your specific dress is a great way to avoid mistakes."
3. Your bridal shop recommended her. They want return customers and referrals, not complaints! "Whether they have an in-house seamstress or an outside referral, the gals at your shop see the value of an amazing tailor," assures Stephanie Arnold, marketing associate of Astrid & Mercedes, "and they do not benefit from giving you a referral they wouldn't support."
4. She loves your dress as much as you do. You want a professional who sees the value — both tangible and sentimental — in your gown. "If your tailor tells you the garment is constructed incorrectly or tries to point out other flaws in the original design, this is usually a red flag for me," warns August.
5. She communicates with you. No, you don't need a Chatty Cathy. But a good tailor will tell you what she needs from you to make your dress work. "She'll ask when your wedding date is, when you need it done by, and specifically what you want done," says Muehlke. She'll instruct you to bring the right shoes and undergarments to each of your fittings.