Rachel had chosen an off the peg dress for her wedding. She is very slim, and it was difficult to get a good fit on the bodice, because it was only lightly boned. We took in the sides of bodice to get a tighter fit, but had to balance this with making sure that it did not ride up her rib cage. We put in a grosgrain belt, but this was not very successful, as it was an empire line, and there is a lot of movement in the rib cage at this level. The beaded straps had to be modified to get a good fit. The chiffon hem was also taken up to the correct length.
The bridesmaids had all-over lace dresses. Length alterations involved removing the skirt at the waist, taking up to the required length and re-stitching. There was no opportunity to have all three bridesmaids together, to ensure there was a consistent length. The length and bodice of two of the bridesmaids had to be altered to make them fit.