Whether you need alterations, restoration or custom design, take special care in finding an experienced, professional seamstress to help you create or update the dress of your dreams. You should have an initial fitting to discuss what alterations are to be made along with a breakdown of the cost and an estimated time frame for completion. You’ll also have a final fitting once the alterations are done to make sure everything has been completed according to your original estimate. If your gown has a large amount of work to be done, expect to come in for additional appointments to ensure everything is progressing correctly.