This is the first in a 3 part series from my ebook, “The most important dress a woman will ever wear”. You can buy the book here


This is a tough love kind of topic. I try to be a compassionate person, but sometimes the consequences of giving up and dropping the ball have a high price to pay, especially in the bridal alterations business.

I would rather push you to the finish with some serious work than have you face the aftermath of not seeing your work through to the end. Truly, life is easier to deal with by hunkering down and getting it done. 

First off, hunkering down is only for emergencies, when there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to get something done that you have already committed to do. Some of the time, we get too tight on our sewing schedule because of poor time management.

But I’d say more often than not, the time crunch was caused by things outside of our control: family emergencies, sickness, dress construction, bride drama, etc.  I get it. It happens to me too. 

I once was riding in an ambulance with my mother who had just broken her hip, and had two separate brides driving long distances on their way to my home for fittings. My daughter went to my house and did the fittings. It went fine, other than trying to drive home and do my sewing only when my mom would go to sleep at night at the hospital. 

That was a tough year. I’ve had my share of hunkering down. I am writing this from a place of much experience.

In part 2 of this series I will give you some very specific tips on how to get through these emergency situations!

Stay Tuned.

Dee Dee