Expert Wedding Gown Alterations
We offer expert dress making skills necessary to handle the most complex alterations for your wedding gown, Mother of the Bride Dresses and Bride’s Maid Dresses.
From redesign of a vintage wedding dress or a second-hand wedding dress, addition of a bustle, a simple hem or even taking in or letting out the bodice, our dressmaker is well-qualified to handle all of your wedding dress alterations needs. We can complete a simple hem in a day or two and more complex alterations - well just tell us how quickly you need it and we'll do our best to get it done for you.
We'll be glad to set up an appointment to meet with our wedding gown alterations specialist. Just call our wedding gown division at 205.588.4120 or click on the link to the right to set up an appointment via e-mail.
The cost of wedding gown alterations can vary depending the nature of the alteration and the structure of the gown. Here are some ranges of alterations for typical wedding gowns:
Length: Most gowns need a hem. Hems to your wedding gown will typically range from $40 to $80, but this price range can increase depending on the style and fit of the dress. Styles can increase the cost based on the number of layers in the bridal dress, the fabric and the bottom finishing, such as beads.
Bodice: Bodice alterations on wedding gowns are normally done on the side seams. Simple bodice alterations will range in price from $40 to $80. The main complicating factors to gown bodice alterations are the number of layers and the trim. If the bodice must be altered at the zipper, the price can increase to over $100 for these more complicated, time consuming gown alterations. Other factors influencing the cost include the trim on the gown such as beading and lace that must be removed and reapplied. Sometimes lace and beading must be used to cover a seam line when doing bodice alterations.
Sleeve Length: If your bridal gown is sleeveless or has short sleeves, this is usually not a factor. But hemming long sleeves can cost from $30 to $80, depending on the decorations on the sleeve.
Bustle: A final area requiring a wedding gown specialist is when adding a bustle. If you have a long train and want to bustle your gown, the cost could range from $25 to $100 or more. The cost will depend on how many points are bustled and how many layers are involved. When you lift the train to the waist area, each “point” is secured to the dress in different ways. A longer train may require 5 to 10 points. A shorter train may require only 2.