“Perfect” Alterations in an Imperfect World

Wedding-Dress-AlterationI am crooked. It’s true. I learned this fact in grade school when my health teacher explained that our dominant side is decided by which hand we use most often. I am right-handed so my right side is slightly larger than my left. For the most part, I don’t really notice it, but sometimes I try on a shirt that makes it obvious that my right breast is larger than the left. I’ve also tried on shoes at the store and the right shoe is too tight, but the left fits fine and vice versa.

Like most women, I am also very critical of my body. My hips are wide and in the shape of a triangle, I have a rather large tush compared to my smaller waist, and I have a pouch regardless of the number of crunches I do. I try my best to hide my flaws in the clothing I wear which tend to be dresses because they accomplish this goal the best.

When helping a bride find her dream dress, I do my very best to find a gown that accents her best features and disguises the rest. I listen to her comments and pull gowns accordingly. Brides come in all shapes and sizes and I do not discriminate or judge. It is my job to find a dress that will make my bride love her body and feel amazing.

Once we find the dress, I have two incredible seamstresses who know their craft well. They pin, they tuck, they hem and bustle each gown to fit our bride the very best it can.

This is where my original statement comes into play: “I am crooked.” I am not alone in this. We are all crooked. During the alterations, a bride should realize if the bust is not exactly the same on both sides, it is not because the seamstress has not done her job correctly. The same goes if the waist sits higher on one side than the other. Please do not misunderstand, both seamstresses will do everything possible to make it look the same, but there is no perfection in an imperfect world.