I Support My Local Seamstress

Two weeks ago I had my first (and only) dress fitting. Sillyinphilly had recommended me to her seamstress in Lititz, and seriously girls, this woman is a godsend (and only gets work by word of mouth)! I literally was in and out of her hair in 15 minutes. The zipper on my dress kept sticking, to the point where I could not get out of my dress. Not at all. Karen, the seamstress, literally had to cut me out of my dress.

Unfortunately I don’t have any before photos of me and my dress. Imagine this model is me. :)

My dress on an itty bitty model, Jenny Yoo

Within minutes of having my dress on, Karen was sticking my dress with needles. Literally 5 minutes later, she was done. I came back 2 weeks later, tried on my dress and that was it. I was done with alterations. I thought for sure I would have to come back again, but no. She did it all in one shot. Besides putting in a new zipper, I had my dress hemmed, taken in an inch, and I had the top made into a sweetheart top all for… (drum roll, please) $53.

Don’t mind the junk in the background… that’s all wedding poop!

And since you girls asked, here’s how much of my dress exposes my tattoo. My hair will be semi-down on our wedding day.

For you Central PA girls:
Karen Chow
(717) 519-2458
Did you find a local seamstress or have your alterations done at a bridal store?

Mrs. Sushi

Wedding Date:
March 2009
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    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:26 am

    @LoriLori: She’s out of the Lancaster/Lititz area. Might be a lil’ out of the way for you, but her contact info is at the bottom of my post. :)

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    Yin 347 posts, Helper bee @ 10:33 am

    Your seamstress did a wonderful job, and I’m really impressed by her work and her low price. I love how the cut of the back of your dress showcases your beautiful tattoo.

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    LoriLori 800 posts, Busy bee @ 10:55 am

    Thanks Miss Sushi – if I had better reading skills I would have seen that info!

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    chicagowife 844 posts, Busy bee @ 11:08 am

    I think you look gorgeous. So exciting!

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    doublemint921 499 posts, Helper bee @ 11:35 am

    Love how your art work looks with your dress!! :) Just Beautiful!!

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    latte 651 posts, Busy bee @ 11:40 am

    Wow, $53?!? Awesome! Love the back bow…very similar to mine! :)

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    Allison, Guest @ 1:06 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! Love your tat, too.

    I support my local seamstress!!! Bought my dress in a sample sale and it’s two sizes two big and yards to long. But there is no way I would trust the bridal salon for alterations on such delicate lace.

    For all you Richmond, VA Brides out there, Charla of Pleiades is amazing! And she will make you a custom veil for literally hundreds of dollars less than the bridal salon will charge you.

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    saramari 315 posts, Helper bee @ 9:26 pm

    Your dress is so pretty! I also support my local seamstress — a good seamstress is worth her weight in gold. :)

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    tbanks33 71 posts, Worker bee @ 9:59 am

    Your dress is prutty and I’m in love with your tattoo.

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    junebug25, Guest @ 10:25 am

    @Allison: THANK YOU for this recommendation! I’ve been going crazy trying to find someone!

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    Ai-Lien, Guest @ 8:44 am

    Thanks to your post, I went to see Karen. I also had my gown hemmed, taken in and bustled for $50. She’s awesome!! and t was worth the drive!

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    Cinnamon, Guest @ 9:31 pm

    Is there any chance you would have an email address for Karen?

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    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:57 am

    @Cinnamon: Sorry, I don’t have an email addy for her, just a phone number: (717) 519-2458

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    The Sushi Budget & Reviews | Weddingbee, Guest @ 8:09 am

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