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Estimated Prices

Consultation/fitting appointments may be arranged £30 1 hour.

In many cases brides see their dream dress, but then find that it doesn't quite fit their body shape. In order to make sure that you walk down the aisle in comfort, I offer a range of alterations. An indication of the likely cost of the most requested alterations are shown below.

The cost will ultimately depend on the style and construction of the dress, and the time involved, but my suggested costs are as follows:

  Bust to Waist Bust to Hip                                   Bust to                                                        Thigh/Knee
Plain Bodice: alteration to improve fit  £80  £110                         £150                                           
Lace/Beaded Bodice: alteration to improve fit  £100  £145                      £170- £200                                        
Plain Hem (up to 5cm adjustment) with Petticoats Layers  £105
Multi-Layered (up to 5cm adjustment, Tulle, Organza Silk)  £135

Detailed Edging to Hem (A-line shape/fishtail, Lace or Beading up to 10cm deep)

NOTE An edging over 10cm deep is more time consuming and therefore the cost will be higher as will a full/circular hem

£145- £170

+ £50 supplement may be applied

Changing the Design

Rejuvenate your dress by changing the design or embellishing it with glistening beads. Although the price will be subject to a consultation, my estimated costs are as follows:

Straps or Sleeves ( depending on fabrics used) £55 to £150
Neckline or Front £85 to £100
Add Crystals to Bodice subject to design £150 to £180
Belt Attachment £30 to £50

Bridesmaids alterations

Much depends on the exact design but generally bridesmaids dresses are less structured than a Wedding Gown but often there is still considerable work required e.g. pinning and shortening the hem with underlayers or lining, shortening straps/shoulders, altering the bodice.  For example : 4 X hem allow £140-180. I book a 1.5 hour appointment to fit 4 Bridesmaids so that everyone can visit together.



A deposit is required when you book your fitting schedule. 

Please note that all bills must be paid IN FULL before completed dresses are collected.

Cash or direct bank transfer are the two methods accepted. I do not have card facilities.

Remodelling Entire Dresses

On occasion, brides have been so desperate to buy a specific dress that they have even purchased one that was multiple sizes too big.

In these situations, I am often able to remodel the dress, although this will depend on its design. To reduce an overall dress by one or two sizes, reduce the length, and make small repairs, I would charge £380 subject to design. Please note that a complex style/hemline may cost extra due to the extra time and work involved.

Dress Additions

Complete the design of your dress by making a few small additions.

BRA/BUST CUPS. I am able to add Bra Cups for £20 depending on requirements.

TRAIN BUSTLE RIBBONS. These shorten the train for dancing will be charged at between £20 and £30. Please note that a full or layered train will require additional hand sewing and an additional charge.

UNDERSKIRTS. I have a reputable brand of hooped and netting underskirts used widely in the Bridal Industry. Various styles are available at different costs depending on style. Available in slimline/Fishtail, "A" line and "shapewear" style for body hugging dresses.

Contact me now, in Farnborough, Hampshire, to obtain individual prices for your dress to be tailored by a skilled  seamstress.