Choosing a dress is just the first step in coordinating the perfect attire for your special evening or event; and we aren’t talking about shoes and accessories (although those are quite important too!). Once you have that ideal dress in your possession, it is time to make sure it fits like a glove! Professional alterations can add that extra “wow” factor you desire when you put on your new dress. If you have never had a dress professionally altered before, it is helpful to learn some basic facts before getting started.
Continue reading to review some frequently asked questions about dress alterations, and where to go for top-notch tailoring service.
What is a Tailor?
An alterations tailor is a professional seamstress that customizes or alters clothing, apparel, and other existing fabrics or garments. They are different from standard tailors because they do not typically create and fabricate clothing or apparel; instead, they alter or service existing pieces. Alterations tailors are commonly employed by large-scale department stores, clothiers, or they operate their own private business. Professional alteration specialists can alter or fix clothing, apparel, home décor, fabrics, and more. They perform these duties for men, women, adolescents, children, infants, and more.
What Should I Look for in a Dress Tailor?
A professional seamstress will be skilled, competent, and able to confidently and accurately gauge the integrity of fabric and how an alteration will affect its overall proportion. One of the first qualities to look for in a professional tailor is experience. Just like experience, credentials also prove a company’s ability to meet client’s needs. Furthermore, it is wise to ask to samples, and not just pictures, to see what the tailor can do.
How Much Does it Cost to Alter a Dress?
There are many variables that go into determining an accurate estimate for dress alteration. Unfortunately, there isn’t a menu of prices, or a set rate at a seamstress shop. Although the cost of dress alteration is typically the same across the board, the price per piece varies greatly depending on certain factors, such as dress designs, styles, fabrics, décor, and more. Until a seamstress can see the actual garment in person, it is nearly impossible to get an accurate quote for dress alteration.
How Much Does Wedding Dress Alteration Cost?
The cost of dress alterations vary greatly from person to person, dress to dress, and tailor to tailor. However, some alteration shops make custom wedding dresses that generally start out around a base cost of $1500, and go up from there depending on the complexity of the alteration. Then there are two other types of wedding dress alterations, basic and transformation. Basic alterations for wedding dresses can average anywhere from $400 to $600, and up, such as hems, sides, bustles, sleeves, side, and similar modifications. Transformation alterations cost anywhere from $500 and go way up. They include major reconstruction and deconstruction of a dress, as well as, multiple fittings, major adjustments, re-beading, beadwork, and more.
Can Shapewear Be Altered?
Although it is possible to alter your shapewear garment, there is catch. First, the cost of altering your shapewear would be very close to the cost of purchasing a brand new garment. You are looking at a difference of maybe $15 to $20 or so. This close price proximity, coupled with the amount of time and the trips you’ll make to the shop, having your shapewear altered professionally may not be worth it in the end. Furthermore, when you have a shapewear garment altered, there is no guarantee that it will have the same affect it did before it was altered. There will almost always be a slight difference in the way the garment wears and shapes. This is simply unavoidable.
How Long Does it Take to Alter a Dress?
Be sure to always give your alterations professional at least 4 to 8 weeks to complete your dress alterations. Give more time for more complex or delicate apparel. This should be ample time to complete all necessary work, while having some extra time in case of an emergency or last minute repair. Alterations are time consuming, meticulous work. The more time a tailor has to complete the job, the better the results will be.