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alterations in twin cities.

hello my fellow beautiful friends.
this is the first time i am posting. i just bought my wedding dress this past weekend. clearly i won't be receiving the dress for awhile but i am wondering if anyone can recommend a good tailor who can do my alterations. my dress is in the uptown area and I live in the plymouth area. thanks and i appreciate all your guidance and help.

good luck to everyone. :)

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    I got mine done at Mighty Stitch in North Minneapolis. I'll be honest -- the place looked like a bit of a dump, but Vivienne (the owner) is awesome and she did a fantastic job on my dress (and other things I've brought to her) at a reasonable price.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Stitch-By-Vivienne/109091172443306
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    I got mine done at Amazing Alterations in Anoka - Brenda is so fun & did a fabulous job! She was very reasonably priced and I would go back to her again & again!
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    I also used Amazing Alterations in Anoka.  Brenda was great to work with!!
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    I plan on taking my dress and having my BMs' alterations done at Amazing Alterations too. I've heard nothing but glowing reviews of Brenda :-)
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_minnesota-minneapolis-st-paul_alterations-in-twin-cities-1?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:81Discussion:dd887ecb-4e65-4d8d-932e-542f4fd3d42cPost:2872ea84-3858-41a9-9ca2-d9560b5f8b23">Re: alterations in twin cities.</a>:
    [QUOTE]I got mine done at Mighty Stitch in North Minneapolis. I'll be honest -- the place looked like a bit of a dump, but Vivienne (the owner) is awesome and she did a fantastic job on my dress (and other things I've brought to her) at a reasonable price. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Stitch-By-Vivienne/109091172443306" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Stitch-By-Vivienne/109091172443306</a>
    Posted by tpender13[/QUOTE]


    How much do they charge? did you have to have yours taken in? i need mine taken in. but my dress only cost $200. I don't want to really spend $100 in alterations.
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    tpender13tpender13 member
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    edited June 2012
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_minnesota-minneapolis-st-paul_alterations-in-twin-cities-1?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:81Discussion:dd887ecb-4e65-4d8d-932e-542f4fd3d42cPost:c7943f4d-f263-450c-831c-50e23f405f05">Re: alterations in twin cities.</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: alterations in twin cities. : How much do they charge? did you have to have yours taken in? i need mine taken in. but my dress only cost $200. I don't want to really spend $100 in alterations.
    Posted by footballwife77[/QUOTE]

    My dress was $250, and I think I spent about $100 for alterations. She took it in a bit, hemmed it, added some pretty trim to the hanger strap under the small train since I didn't want a bustle (I just slipped the strap over my wrist to get the train out of the way when dancing), took apart some clip-on earrings and sewed them to the front of the dress (sort of in between the girls), and cut apart a strapless bra and sewed the cups into the dress. I did that so I could choose how much padding I wanted, and because it was cheaper than her putting her own cups in.

    I feel like she did a LOT of work for that $100. And she made some great suggestions that I hadn't thought of on my own. Since I didn't want the bustle, I'd originally asked her to just cut the train off. I'm glad she talked me out of that -- she was the one that suggested the trim on the hanger strap. It was actually trim she'd used for her own wedding dress, which I thought was cool. And I was just going to clip the earrings to this little loop of fabric on the dress, and when I was in for a fitting, I was just thinking out loud that I'd have to find a pin or something that would make the earrings lay right. She was the one who said she could just sew them right on -- I wouldn't have thought of that. She was also the one who suggested I just bring her a bra to put in the dress, telling me it would save me money.

    Side note, my SIL went to Mighty Stitch to get her dress altered. She wanted it taken in, and mentioned that she was planning on getting a different, slightly more padded bra to wear under the dress than what she'd had on that day. Vivienne basically told her there was nothing to alter, that she could take it in a bit if SIL wanted, but if she had any more padding on her dress it would fit perfectly, and she didn't want to make her pay for work that she didn't need. Vivienne was right.

    ETA: I didn't realize how long that got (that's what she said) -- I was just super happy with my experience there.
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    I'm using Amy Stariha in St. Paul.   She used to own a bridal salon for about 25 years, and seems pretty talented.

    I have my first fitting next week and can let you know how it goes. 

    Here is her website:

    http://www.stariha.com/about.html
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_minnesota-minneapolis-st-paul_alterations-in-twin-cities-1?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:81Discussion:dd887ecb-4e65-4d8d-932e-542f4fd3d42cPost:f0d94966-6e6f-4980-adf6-02968ede82c2">Re: alterations in twin cities.</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: alterations in twin cities. : My dress was $250, and I think I spent about $100 for alterations. She took it in a bit, hemmed it, added some pretty trim to the hanger strap under the small train since I didn't want a bustle (I just slipped the strap over my wrist to get the train out of the way when dancing), took apart some clip-on earrings and sewed them to the front of the dress (sort of in between the girls), and cut apart a strapless bra and sewed the cups into the dress. I did that so I could choose how much padding I wanted, and because it was cheaper than her putting her own cups in. I feel like she did a LOT of work for that $100. And she made some great suggestions that I hadn't thought of on my own. Since I didn't want the bustle, I'd originally asked her to just cut the train off. I'm glad she talked me out of that -- she was the one that suggested the trim on the hanger strap. It was actually trim she'd used for her own wedding dress, which I thought was cool. And I was just going to clip the earrings to this little loop of fabric on the dress, and when I was in for a fitting, I was just thinking out loud that I'd have to find a pin or something that would make the earrings lay right. She was the one who said she could just sew them right on -- I wouldn't have thought of that. She was also the one who suggested I just bring her a bra to put in the dress, telling me it would save me money. Side note, my SIL went to Mighty Stitch to get her dress altered. She wanted it taken in, and mentioned that she was planning on getting a different, slightly more padded bra to wear under the dress than what she'd had on that day. Vivienne basically told her there was nothing to alter, that she could take it in a bit if SIL wanted, but if she had any more padding on her dress it would fit perfectly, and she didn't want to make her pay for work that she didn't need. Vivienne was right. ETA: I didn't realize how long that got (that's what she said) -- I was just super happy with my experience there.
    Posted by tpender13[/QUOTE]

    Thanks!!!! I'll bring my dress to her and see what she says. and holy crap! that does sound like ALOT of work for the amount you paid! I plan on doing the same thing with my chapel train. (it's a chiffon over satin) so it doesn't quite look as good bustled as other dresses.
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    Thank you beautiful ladies for all of you advice and guidance!! I seriously appreciate it.

    And I hope you ladies have a very HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL WEDDING DAY!
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    Heather Baldridge http://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/custom-sewing-by-heather-woodbury/a4ae63e7a022b0dc.html
    She is out of woodbury so maybe a little far for you, but she is AWESOME! Does a LOT of wedding dresses so has the experience, and she's pretty reasonable. She did both mine and my sisters dresses and wow - I have nothing but good things to say about her!
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