Bridal Alterations, Wedding Dress, Bridal Wear, Bridesmaid Dresses, alterations are our specialty.
We are here to ensure that your special garment is the perfect fit and style for you to wear. Bridal Alterations Whether that be, at a wedding, anniversary, formal, a day at the races or any other important occasion.
It can be a stressful, even a daunting experience having a garment altered for that special day. We are here to make this experience as painless and relaxing as possible, in a friendly environment and dissipate any concerns you have.
Our unique ‘Wedding Dress Alteration Service’ includes:
- A full Bridal alterations.
- Flower Girls / Page Boys
- Mother of the Bride
- Groom and Best Man.
We also offer the same high standard of service on garments, for those other special occasions.
Call today to make an appointment!
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
Simply telephone or call into the shop to discuss making an appointment. Please allow at least 6 week before your wedding date for our services; we will however do our upmost to accommodate your needs.
DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT
Please bring the underwear you intend to wear on your wedding day to your first and subsequent fittings; the correct bra is essential as the dress will be fitted around it. Shoes should also be brought if the dress needs to be hemmed. If this is not possible please at least bring shoes of the same height although in this case please note we can not be held responsible for work done to the hem length in case there are changes in your shoes.
PERFECTING YOUR DRESS
During your initial fitting we will talk about what you are work you require. We will offer our expert advise, helping you decide on necessary alterations, embelishments and the perfect fit.
Where possible we advise that you book your first fitting with us 6 weeks before your wedding day, particularly during our busy period, which is May through to August. Afterall we want everything to be perfect, as we like to leave enough time for any final adjustments.
If you have a really tight deadline we will always try to acommadate you.
If at all possible, start with a dress (or outfit) that is your size — or very, very close to it. While it is often possible to size a dress up or down, don’t count on being able to take in or let out a dress by more than one or two sizes. Many dresses do not contain enough seam allowance to let out that much -– and with fabrics like velvet and satin, the original seam lines will show. (With satin, original seam lines can resemble track marks, hardly an appropriate look for a special occasion.)
If you have not yet purchased your attire, PLEASE resist the urge to buy something that is on sale but several sizes too big. Garments that are much too large for the intended wearer often need to basically be taken apart and re-cut in order to hang properly on the body. This is such a labor-intensive process it can quickly eat whatever money you saved –- and then some.
If you are not the same size all over, keep in mind that it is usually easier to take in a garment than it is to let it out. I myself am top-heavy, so I speak from experience on this. It’s almost always easiest (and least costly) to buy the size that best fits the largest part of your body and take in the dress wherever it is too big.
Buy your foundation garments before your first fitting, and bring them to ALL of your fittings. Yes, this is completely and absolutely necessary. Even if they don’t appear to shape your body much or at all, your foundation garments WILL affect the way the dress hangs on your figure. Every so often, we’d have a bride go through one or two fittings with a certain bra or corset, then bring a different one and wonder why the dress looked so different. Depending upon the design and cut of the dress, wearing the wrong bra can even affect whether the hem hangs evenly –- I’ve seen it happen. (It goes without saying that if you have a petticoat or crinoline, you should bring that, too.)
Ditto for your shoes. If you have not obtained the perfect shoes before your first fitting, mention this to the fitter and then bring a pair of shoes with a heel height in the range of your ideal shoe (heel height can affect your posture), and ask to have the hem marked at a later fitting. Don’t even THINK of standing on tiptoe and insisting your hem be marked that way -– standing on tiptoe for the 5+ minutes required to carefully pin a hem will make you wobble and the hem will not be even.