The Fitting

Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)
Design for Lingerie with White Front and Black Back for “Manhattan Mary,” Majestic Theather, New York, 1927

Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)
Design for Lingerie in Gray with Shaded Black to White Ruffling for “Manhattan Mary,” Majestic Theater, New York, 1927

Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)
Design for Lingerie in Orange, Lavendar and White for “Manhattan Mary,” Majestic Theater, New York, 1927

Erté (Romain de Tirtoff)
Design for Lingerie in White with Lavendar and Green Ruffled Ornaments and Garter for “Manhattan Mary,” Majestic Theater, New York, 1927

Yesterday my mom & I went in for my first wedding dress fitting. It has been a strenuous process getting to this point, and I cannot wait to see my dress in its final form! The first seamstress I visited with last month, recommended by the bridal boutique where I purchased my dress, pinned me into my dress then handed me a quote for a whopping $720. I had no idea how much it should cost, but knew 700 some dollars did not seem right (make sure to shop around when wedding planning! do not immediately fork over money just because it’s something you may especially care about). A family friend recommended their seamstress, the sweetest retired Polish woman who was a bridal seamstress for Marshall Fields for many years, and now continues her work, “just to meet new people.” Once we arrived at her house, she immediately informed me that my undergarment options would not work, and she could not fit the dress until I had the correct bra. So, we were sent out of the house in search of the perfect bra, with ballpoint pen guidelines drawn on my decollate, and after two stores, returned with a seamstress-approved brassiere. It was incredible having such an experienced perfectionist so brashly lay out what I needed, and painstaking fit the dress to my figure. My advice to brides, find an undergarment option that makes you look incredible first, and worry about how it will work under your dress second. There are so many options offered by seamstresses that can keep your undergarments in place, and unseen, under your dress.

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