I spent Memorial Day weekend in San Diego with my best friend's family for her wedding. Unfortunately, I was unable to perform the alterations to her gown as we live on opposite ends of the country. The seamstress who did the work made quite a few mistakes and left the dress looking less than professionally done. When we tried the dress on her the night before the wedding (the original tailor didn't even ask her to try it on before taking it home!) we were both disappointed with the results of the alterations. Luckily my skills are portable! With just a few stitches removed and some extra buttons added, I was able to save the dress and create a presentable bustle for the train. Without a machine and proper tools, I could not remedy the uneven hem or fix the obvious stitches on the strap the original tailor had taken up. However, a lot of love and some skill go a long way toward making things right. Always ask your prospective tailor about their experience with the type of garment you are bringing them. Or, if that doesn't pan out, you can always invite a seamstress to your wedding!