Wedding Gown Alterations
Basic alterations - This can mean that only one or two alterations need to be done to a wedding dress, or it can mean that several things need to be done but due to the construction of the dress, the alteration fees are within the range of basic pricing. Basic alterations does not refer to the amount (in inches) that a dress needs to be taken in or out or hemmed up or down, but rather that the project is less labor intensive than most. Generally speaking, basic alterations typically run between $285 and $485.
Extensive alterations - means that, due to the construction of the dress, altering it is more complicated than with a basic alteration. Sometimes it is because several labor-intensive alterations need to be done, and other times only one alteration needs to be done, but that particular alteration must be done in a very specific, time-intensive way. An alteration's difficulty level can only be determined during an in-person consultation. Extensive alterations typically range from $375 to $850
Reworking (or reconstruction) - In some cases, a bride brings me the dress of her dreams, but…in a totally different size than she needs. This happens when a dress is given to a bride as a gift, if a bride purchased her gown "off the rack", if the dress was previously worn, or if a more suitable size was not available when she ordered it. A reconstruct can be pricey, but in many, many cases is very possible (there are vendors that I work with regularly, and I trust them to have sold you The Right Dress. If they sent you to me, you're in good hands! If you ordered the dress online, let's meet & take a look at the dress together). Again, an alteration's difficulty level can only be determined during an in-person consultation. The alterations cost for reworking a dress is typically between $450 and $985
Semi Custom projects - Occasionally, a bride comes to me and says, "I bought this (holds up a dress), and I want it to look like this (holds up a picture)". To that bride I say, "Awesome". That's a semi-custom dress. Some examples of semi custom projects include changing the silhouette of a gown, adding custom made sleeves, hand beading a gown, or extending the train. Furthermore, I would be remiss if I don't remind you that an alteration's difficulty level can only be determined during an in-person consultation. The cost for semi custom projects varies greatly, and in some cases depends on the types of alterations that are being done on the dress itself; if you have a semi custom element to your gown, you can expect the alterations fees to range from $350 to $1250
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Vintage reconstructions - So, you want to wear your mom’s or great aunt’s wedding gown, but you’re not feeling the puffy sleeves? I get it. A vintage reconstruct involves keeping certain elements of an older, pre-worn gown and tailoring the remaining dress to create your perfect wedding gown. Whether your vision is vintage, modern, eclectic, or a specific theme, vintage reconstruction is one of my specialties. The cost for vintage reconstruction typically ranges from $175 - 800
Custom accessories: veils, jackets, garters, belts - While I do not create full custom dresses and gowns, I will create custom accessories, time permitting. At your fitting, we can work together to design the perfect item to complete your vision. Cost varies depending on the type of project.
I am happy to alter bridesmaid dresses purchased at bridal salons, as well as ready to wear formal and semi-formal bridesmaid dresses purchased at reputable retail stores. *Dresses ordered online from international or unknown vendors are not recommended for either purchase or alterations, and are often constructed in a way that requires extensive work and can therefore be rather expensive; consultations are available for those considering having an already-ordered dress altered, time permitting.* Generally speaking, basic bridesmaid dress alterations range from $55 to $ 105, and extensive alterations range from $75 to $250. As with all fittings, a written estimate is provided at the first fitting, where we can discuss the alterations needed. A written estimate is provided, and no payment is due until the dress is ready to go home with you.
Other Formal Dresses For The Wedding
Mother of the Bride & Mother of the Groom dresses are welcome, as well as flower girl dresses and rehearsal dinner attire for the bride. Typically each of these require two fittings, ideally two or more weeks apart, but please be aware that in some cases Mother of the Bride or Groom alterations may require three fittings, due to the nature of the construction of these dresses, so please allot enough time to meet a third time, if necessary. Flower girl dresses will be altered in such a way that the alterations can be reversed at a later date for future wear as the child grows unless specified by the bride or child’s parent.
Debutante, National Charity League, DAR
Due to the nature of debutante balls, NCL portraits & ceremonies, and Daughters of the American Revolution events being scheduled far in advance, I am happy to see clients who need these alterations, time permitting. Please expect two fittings, scheduled three or more weeks apart, but allow for time to meet for a third fitting if necessary.
Prom, Homecoming, And General Alterations
At this time, I do not alter prom or homecoming dresses, nor do I do general alterations such as men’s tailoring, women’s general alterations (such as jeans, pants, suits), nor do make or alter dance costumes.