I just purchased my dress off the rack not too long ago and I have a while before my wedding actually comes around, but I'm looking around for a (probably independent) seamstress that won't charge me an arm and a leg for my dress alterations. The first big question is how long before my wedding should I take my dress in to get fitted? Also, who did you go to for alterations? Were you satisfied and what did you pay for what kind of alterations? To give you an idea, I'll only need my dress taken in about an inch around the waist, maybe a bit more, french bussel, and hemmed probably 5-6" because I hate heels and I'm short (5'3"). My dress has extensive beading on the top and the bottom features a pick-up style with rhinestones at the top of each pick-up. My dress is in storage in Des Moines and I'm game to travel to any where relatively close to the Des Moines area.
Thanks in advance for you advice!!