Expert Wedding Dress Alterations in London
Few perfectly match a designer's standard size. After you've chosen your dream dress, we'll order the closest size and let our expert seamstresses fine-tune it to hug your unique contours.
And while an alterations appointment might not have the initial thrill of choosing a gown, it's pivotal. It’s the time to perfect the fit, customize by reshaping the neckline, adding sleeves, or introducing a bustle for easy movement and dancing. Even if you've purchased your dress elsewhere, we're here to assist with its alterations.
Dive deeper below to understand our process, explore the five most common alterations, and view our transparent price list.
The Evelie Alteration Experience: From Fit to Fabulous
Your wedding day is a singular occasion, warranting a dress that fits flawlessly. At Evelie, we don't just promise perfection in fit; we ensure a magical bridal experience from start to finish.
Prior to your first consultation, we provide a clear alteration quote, eliminating any hidden costs or unwelcome surprises. Once you're acquainted with the potential modifications and costs, and after placing an order, your journey with our in-house alteration specialists begins. No need to juggle between external alteration services or deal with the stress of moving your dress to different locations.
Our brides typically experience two dedicated alteration sessions:
- First Alteration Appointment (approx. 90 minutes) - Here, the dress is carefully pinned by our seamstress, ensuring optimal fit and laying the groundwork for precise adjustments.
- Second Alteration Appointment (approx. 60 minutes) - A meticulous review to ensure everything aligns with your vision.
In between these appointments, the dress will be meticulously altered at the seamstress's studio. Although most brides find two sessions ample, we're adaptable. Should you require more, we're here to accommodate.
Your cherished gown remains in safe hands with Evelie. Whether you choose our complimentary storage until the final fitting or wish to collect it for the first appointment, rest assured, it's in the best care.
The 5 Most Common Wedding Dress Alterations Types
1. Shortening a wedding dress
Typically wedding dresses with a train needs to be hemmed at the front around to the sides however it is also common to reduce the train.
The seamstress will pin and hem the skirt so that it meets your height perfectly so it is important to wear the shoes that you will be wearing for your wedding as the heel height and shoe type change your height and posture that affect how the wedding dress fits.
If you are undecided about your wedding shoes you should at least attend your first alteration appointment with a pairs of shoes of the same height shoes you are planning to wear on your wedding day.Shortening a dress and reduce the train can cost anything between £25 and £250 depending on the number of layers and on the complexity of the skirt. It becomes more expensive when there is lace, appliqué or beading that needs to be taken off before adding it back to the final hem length.
2. Taking in a wedding dress
3. Shortening or Adding Straps
If you are in love with the shape of a strapless dress but want to feel more secure by having straps, we can also add create bespoke embellished or plain straps and attach them to almost any dress.
4. Shortening or Adding Sleeves
Depending on the dress you can add cap sleeves, ¾ sleeves, long lace sleeves, balloon sleeves or we can create bespoke sleeves for your gown. During your bridal appointment we can pin into your wedding dress a pair of unattached sleeves so you can have a better feel of how they fit your arms and complement your wedding dress. If you are happy to proceed in adding a pair of sleeves, before the first alteration appointment we will agree with you the material of the sleeves, style and length.
Alternatively if you change your mind about having long sleeves, another common wedding dress alteration is to shorten to a ¾ length or to the any desired length.
5. Adding A Bustle To The Train
Adding a little ribbon loops attached to the train that make it possible to lift it (to bustle up a wedding dress) is the solution we recommend.
There are two types of train loops:
- A long train loop that a bride hold on her finger or wrist.
- A short train loop that either tie in a ribbon or buttons under the bum.
While the finger/wrist loop gives a dainty princess look, you will need to carry it all night and might get tired of it. Some other brides opt for both options as the wrist loop is useful when taking photos and the bustling the dress is handy to move and dance freely.
Evelie Alterations Pricelist
Our fitting consultations are priced at £36.50, reflecting our commitment to expert care and attention to detail.
Transparent pricing ensures you remain informed at every step, eliminating any unforeseen surprises. This dedication to clarity and our unmatched expertise position us as London's trusted choice for wedding dress alterations.
Take in Bodice, Waist and Hips
Bust Seams / Darts
Take in with Zip Detail, Buttons or Loops
Restyling Back Bodice and Necklines
Straps, Shoulders and Armholes
The Most Common Questions About Alterations
Taking in the dress to make sure it stays up and flatter your silhouette.
Shortening the dress to make sure the front and the side of the skirt are not too long.
Add a bustle to train to temporary reduce the length of the train, useful if you want to move at ease and dance without changing dress.
In addition to the most common alterations the following alterations can be done to a dress:
Adding and shortening sleeves or straps
Reshaping the neckline
Add lace appliqué, mesh or beading on the bodice and/or on the skirt.
Add bra cups
If you are planning to lose weight and need more time please let us know as we can start altering your wedding dress 1 month before your wedding date. Typically we will book you in for your alterations appointments few days after your wedding dress has been ordered.
Shortening the dress (Hem front only )
Taking in the dress (bust only)
Add a bustle to the train
2x alteration appointments
Steaming the dress