The seamstresses at Dress Me Up work hard to make your special day be as perfect as her alterations.
How much will alterations cost?
Our goal is to perfect the fit of your garment while staying within your budget. The cost of alterations is based on the complexity and difficulty of each task. Dresses purchased outside Dress Me Up require a Fitting Fee. Bridal Gowns $35.00, MOB, MOG and Outside Prom Dresses and Gowns $25.00, Bridesmaids $20.00 and Short dresses $15.00.
Cash Only for Alterations performed at Dress Me Up.
Many gowns need at least some sort of alteration, but keep in mind that your alteration issues can vary greatly, depending on where you got your gown and how many changes need to be made. But if your expectations are in order and you go to the right seamstress or tailor, you should be ready for your wedding day with a gown that fits flawlessly. Sleeves: We can add straps or sleeves to any strapless gown.
Corset backs: If your gown has a back zipper and you wish to change the look or need to increase the size, ask your alterations specialist to show you the corset back option.
Bustles: A bustle is created by elegantly draping and securing the train to the back of your gown to allow you to move freely and safely. Our experienced seamstress can create the look that’s just your style, from simple and subtle to intricate and detailed.
What you should expect at your first fitting appointment First fitting appointments take one hour for a wedding gown and a half hour for a bridesmaid or special occasion dress.
we offer complimentary pressing or steaming once alterations are completed. If garments will be altered elsewhere, we will press or steam the garment before it leaves our store, however we cannot perform these services after garments have been altered outside of Dress Me UP.
Timing Is Everything
It’s important to time your alterations right. Bring your gown in too early, and you might not end up with a proper fit. (You may lose or gain weight after your gown is altered, which could affect the dress’ overall look and fit.) Bring your gown in too late, and you run the risk of not allowing enough time to have all the changes made. Allowing two to three months from the time of your first fitting to your last, as an ideal timeline to make all the alterations. Also keep in mind that the amount of times you need to go for fittings depends on how much you’re getting done to the gown — on average, most brides must allow four fittings.
What to Bring?
When you’re ready for alterations, please remember to bring your proper undergarments, shoes, and accessories to your fittings as well. With all of the pieces in place, it’ll be easier to envision your overall wedding day look — you should have your undergarments and shoes on hand in order to obtain the proper fit and length of your gown, and your hair accessories or veil will help ensure you’ve got the right balance.
Who to Bring?
While you might have legions of bridesmaids, it’s not a good idea to bring them all to your fittings. You might want to have your mom, another trusted relative, or friend accompany you to your fittings, just for another set of eyes and another reliable opinion. And because your maid of honor will need to know how to create the bustle, it’s a good idea to bring her to your last fitting so she can learn how your gown works.
Whether you found your gown at a couture salon or a bridal sample sale, the options for alterations are nearly endless. Many seamstresses who have worked on bridal gowns are used to reworking fabrics, opening up hems, and can practically redesign a dress.
Keep in mind that the more labor-intensive the request, the more time and money you should allow for the process of creating your dream dress.