Hi there, I am a novice dressmaker and tailor that works part time designing, constructing, altering and repairing clothes. I just had my very first customer who was not a personal friend of mine contact me to do alterations on a bridesmaid dress. The dress was pretty basic, just a straight gown with a corset-like bodice with top-stitching on all seams. The bodice was separate from the rest of the dress. What was required was about an inch taken in on the side seams in the bust and hips and hemming.
2 hours after we did the fitting she emailed me saying that “an unexpected conflict with the wedding” had come up and she wouldn’t be attending after all so she wouldn’t need the dress altered. I am wondering if she is just being polite and I did something wrong or quoted her too high of a fee. Can any professionals please tell me how much they would charge for this alteration, and a brief synopsis of what process they would go through?
Edited 9/17/2003 6:37:54 PM ET by Grace