My real business website brings in new possible customers all the time. People find me on Google and Yelp and send me emails or phone to ask questions. So this came in last week:
Sent: Monday, September 07, 2015 1:45 PM
Subject: Wedding gown emergency!
My name is Melinda and I have a bit of an emergency.
I have a gorgeous wedding gown that I need taken in about 3 inches in the waist by Sept. 20th. The gown fit perfectly initially, however I fell very ill recently have lost a lot of weight. Which is wherein lies my dilemma, I cannot gain weight now, I have tried everything but because although I am much better than I was, I am still not well.
So all that aside, I was hoping to get a general price range from you so I can budget it in and also let my mother who lives out of state know who may be helping me pay for the alteration.
I am in a bit of a panic, this day only happens once and I have waited nearly 32 years for it so naturally I want my gown to fit perfectly. Please let me know if you can help me and if the time frame is feasible, also if possible, how much the alteration may cost. Thank you so very much for your time and consideration.
You will need to make an appointment so I can see the dress and give you a price. I am booked through Nov, but I will see you and help you out. I have openings Wed, Thurs and Friday this week, please let me know if you have time to drop by.
Thank you so very much! I will give you a call tomorrow, Tuesday, to schedule an appointment, as I have been busy with my niece’s birthday and getting my daughter ready for the first day of school today…5th grade. Thank you again, ever so sincerely.
I have 2 openings for an appointment tomorrow Wed at 12 noon and Friday at 2 pm. Since I did not hear from you today as you said you would call, I have to say that time is running out and I have no other openings for new brides until the end of Nov. If you want either of those times, please tell me which one, otherwise, I am afraid you will have to find someone else who will alter your dress within 10 days.
It is now 5 days before her wedding and no word from her…makes you wonder how the emergency is going to pan out?
Another emergency came in from a bride, her mother’s mother-of-the-bride dress was custom made in Los Angeles at Siri. It was a gorgeous bias cut pleated silver silk dupionni dress that for some reason was made at least 2 sizes too big. Her measurements were taken at a very posh salon in Portland where the alterations were done. The fact that the seamstress told her that she was a professional and the best in the business and that she would be thrilled with the results gave the mother some false reassurance that the dress would be perfect. The price of the dress was expensive enough but the alterations, according to the mom, cost a fortune to take in side seams, straps and hem.
I opened up the left side zipper at the lining so we could both look inside and what we found was the shoddiest work ever! Old seam allowances left inside, nothing trimmed away properly or trimmed within 1/8 of an inch. Lots of rows of stitching leaving bulk and seams not opened up and pressed flat…in other words, very amateurish at best.
The mom was shocked and asked if I thought I could make things right and expand the armholes wider to allow her arms to actually move. After checking seam allowances, I said I would do whatever I could and then started taking photos and documenting the procedures for the mom to present to the salon owner. I have listed all the photos of before, during and after on my Pinterest page as there are way too many to show here.
Once my alterations were done, the dress fit well and the mom was delighted!
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