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How to ensure your wedding dress is just right

For many brides to be, the dress is one of the most important things about their big day. Whether it’s going to be a small intimate wedding, a big elaborate affair or a quirky occasion, the look and fit of the dress will determine how confident, and how beautiful, the bride feels on her wedding day.

However, with so many things to think about, it’s not uncommon for brides to put off dress shopping till the last minute. Even if they do find the perfect dress well before their wedding, many brides still run out of time to arrange fittings and alterations, leaving them with a dress that isn’t quite right on the big day.

Changing shapes

As most brides shop for their dress months before their wedding day, it’s inevitable that many will find their body changes shape in the intervening period. Whether it’s because they’re losing weight in preparation or they’re comfort eating in apprehension, brides’ bodies are very likely to change shape in the run up to their wedding.

In most cases, these changes are relatively minor and some basic wedding dress alterations will be enough to ensure the gown fits perfectly come the big day. However, if the bride has lost or gained a large amount of weight, or if they’ve become pregnant, they may find that their original dress is no longer flattering. In these cases, some brides may find they need to start their dress search again, looking for a design that’s a more flattering for their new body shape.

Leave time for a final fitting

However manic the run up to the wedding is, it’s crucial that brides leave plenty of time for a final fitting at least a few days before the big day. If they leave the fitting too late, there won’t be time for any adjustments and brides will have no choice but to walk down the aisle in a dress that’s not perfect.

At this fitting, it’s important that you wear the underwear you’re planning to use on the day itself. That way, your tailor will be able to see exactly where adjustments need to be made. If you’re going to be wearing a coat on the big day, bring it along too. If it doesn’t fit properly, your tailor will be able to make the necessary coat alterations to ensure every element of your outfit is just right.

If you want to share the love and make sure every member of the bridal party is feeling their best, have your bridesmaids come along to this final fitting and invest in some bridesmaid dress alterations as a special treat.

To find out more about wedding dress alterations, have a look around our site or get in touch with a member of our team.

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Give your wedding suit a new lease of life with some simple alterations

Give your wedding suit a new lease of life with some simple alterations

With countless brides around the country working hard to lose weight before their wedding, it’s not uncommon for women to need dress alterations in the run up to their big day. Helping to ensure that their dress fits perfectly, alterations will make every bride feel beautiful when they walk down the aisle.

However, far fewer men understand the potential benefits of suit alterations. Not only can well made alterations help to perfect the fit of a suit, a few adjustments to trousers, coats and shirts can transform them from wedding clothes into high end business clothes.

Pre wedding alterations

Like brides, grooms often try to get fit and tone up before their wedding day. Whether they’ve lost weight or bulked up, most men will benefit from having their suit altered to fit their new and improved body.

Whether it’s trouser, shirt or coat alterations that are required, the work can be done quickly and efficiently, ensuring that every groom has the perfect outfit for their perfect day.

Even if the groom’s dress size hasn’t changed, the wedding suit may still need alterations to help it fit in the most flattering way. As we have extensive experience altering all types of suits to fit all kinds of bodies, we’ll be able to give your suit the nips and tucks it needs to fit you perfectly.

Post wedding alterations

Unlike wedding dresses, which are often packed away never to be worn again, wedding suits can have a second lease of life as a high quality addition to the office wardrobe.

As most of the suits that men invest in for their weddings are made of good quality materials and are tailored to fit, it’s well worth upcycling these outfits. Alterations can dramatically change the way a suit looks, transforming it from an outfit for a special occasion into something that wouldn’t look out of place in the office.

Altering a suit is much more affordable than buying a new one. And as most grooms go to great lengths to find that perfect outfit, it makes sense to get the most of the purchase and enjoy the suit for as long as possible.

If you’d like to find out more about altering your suit ready for your big day, or you have a wedding suit that you’d like to update for everyday use, get in touch with a member of our expert team today. 

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Alterations Can Make A Big Difference to Your Big Day

Beautifully designed and made from high quality materials, your wedding dress is likely to be one of the most important, and expensive, outfits you’ll ever buy. Pictures of you and your partner in your finery will adorn walls, mantle pieces and photo albums for evermore, so ensuring you’re completely happy with your dress is essential for every bride-to-be.

Wedding Dress Alterations

Finding the perfect dress takes time, energy and money. If you’ve put your heart and soul into hunting down that dream gown, the last thing you’ll want is for it not to fit properly come the big day. Luckily, altering the fit of an outfit, even one as important as a wedding dress, is relatively straightforward if you know what you’re doing. A few stitches, snips and pinches and patches in the right places can work miracles, helping to transform a beautiful dress into a truly captivating one.

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Dress Alterations

One of the main reasons that brides need their dresses altered prior to their wedding is that they’re trying to slim down ready for the big day. A lot of women begin looking for their dress months before their wedding, so when the event itself rolls around, they’re often a size or two smaller than they were when they purchased the outfit. In other cases, some brides simply can’t find the right dress in the right size and so alter their favourite gown to fit their frame.

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Bridesmaid Dress Alterations

To make sure your bridesmaids look and feel a million dollars too, it’s important to have their bridesmaid dresses altered to fit perfectly. Like brides, bridesmaids often slim down before a wedding so they’ll feel more confident in front of the crowds and in front of the camera. What’s more, as it’s difficult to find a single outfit to fit a variety of body shapes, a lot of bridesmaids find that they need alterations to make the chosen dress feel just right.

As wedding dresses are expensive and high in sentimental value, it’s important to choose a tailor that has experience in wedding dress alterations and are good at what they do. As all of the expert staff at the Alterations Boutique have been working in the industry for years, we know exactly how to get the most out of your dress.

Contact the Alterations Boutique today to find out more about our services or to arrange a fitting of your own.

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Tweaks, nips and tucks can change your bridal party’s look from average to amazing

Being a bridesmaid or a groomsman isn’t always easy. Dealing with bridal meltdowns, planning, organising and delegating can be challenging, with most brides and grooms relying heavily on their bridal party to make the day run smoothly.

If you’re about to tie the knot, you’ll want to repay your bridal party for all the help and support by making sure they look good and feel great on the big day. Investing in dresses and suits that fit perfectly will help your nearest and dearest feel truly valued and appreciated.

However, with body shapes varying dramatically between individuals, finding one dress or one suit that’s perfect for everyone can be all but impossible. Even if your friends wear the same size, variations in body length, arm length and chest size can significantly alter the look and feel of their outfit.

Bridesmaids dresses

The chances of your chosen dress perfectly fitting all of your bridesmaids are unfortunately low. Even small differences in height, weight and body size can change the way that a dress hangs, resulting in outfits that don’t make the most of their wearer’s figure.

Luckily, if you know what you’re doing, bridesmaid dress alterations to suit each individual body shape is easy. A few strategically placed stitches hear and a few clever cuts there will transform the way the outfit sits, giving your bridesmaids a dress to be proud of and ensuring that they’ll feel like a million dollars on the big day.

Groomsmen’s suits

If you thought that every suit and every cut worked on every man, think again. There is a huge difference between the way a well fitting suit and a poorly fitting suit look on a man, and your groomsmen and guests will be able to tell the difference straight away.

On men, the main offenders are generally arm length, leg length and shoulder width. Even if your friends look roughly the same size, an extra inch here or there will transform the way the suit sits on their frame.

Though groomsmen may pretend not to mind how they look, all men feel more confident in a well fitting suit. Most minor suit alterations can be done very quickly and can transform the entire look for an affordable fee.

As well as helping your bridal party to look as good as possible, altering your bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s suits will show your friends just how much you value their participation in your big day. Small touches like this will help to make your wedding a truly special event and ensure everyone remembers it for the right reasons.

To find out more, get in touch with a member of our team today.

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Are you Alter ready?

Based in London, Alterations Boutique delight in welcoming families and celebrities looking for the perfect wedding attire.

Our award-winning Bridal Alterations services cater to all roles of a wedding party starting with the Bride right through to Mother of the Bride, Groom’s Men and Flower Girls.

With over 20 years of experience, our services include the tweaking or complete re-design of dresses, suits, veils, jackets or matching accessories. We are at your service!

The importance of a tailored piece means your garment will contour and compliment your body better than any other, so whether you’re looking for simplistic or intricate attention to detail, our team of visionaries can bring your ideas to life.

 

The Dress!

When it comes to the Wedding Dress Alterations we encourage any new bride to factor time and budget into their wedding plans. On your first consultation we will supply you with this information and introduce you to your own dedicated seamstress to craft and care of your gorgeous gown.

From laces to fabrics with a satin finish, we work with all types of materials so you can ensure your finished outfit portrays your personality and complements your body perfectly.

The skill and vision we dedicate to each garment allows our clients to sleep well at night as the big day grows ever nearer.

 

Chilly?

Now the cold has set in, we find ourselves, pulling old coats out from the cupboard under the stairs and dropping it off to the dry cleaners. A yearly tradition we yield to year in year out. Well not any more...in the name of style, out with the old and in with the new!

Long or short winter warmers, waterproofs and wondrous wedding wraps, you name it we can create or re work it to you Coat Alteration needs.

Guided by your ideas we make that perfect piece for you to parade around in, in all its tailored and unique glory! Enjoy being the envy of onlookers once again. No more dusty duffels!

 

Contact our team of super seamstresses today and tell us how we can help you!

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Tailoring Dresses, Veils and Memories

 

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Here at Alterations Boutique our experienced team of seamstresses have been styling, pinning and stitching Bridal alterations and Bridesmaid dress alterations for over 20 years.   


Located in the West End of London with award-winning customer service, we specialise in working with all different type of luxury fabrics, embroidery and beading so whether you require minor re-sizing, a complete dress re-construction or re-creation, we are the team of experts for you!

 

The planning of a wedding can be a busy and stressful time so give yourself peace-of-mind and entrust us with the tailoring and safe keeping of your gowns. 

 

Your own dedicated seamstress will carry out your project from start to finish. We understand that walking down the aisle with a dress that flatters your figure and reflect you as an individual is important. Each client project is carried out in a timely and stress free manner with 1-2-1 consultations and fittings.

 

Not forgetting those all-important finishing touches, we can create a selection of bespoke accessories such as boleros, stoles, veils, hair pieces and sashes which are beautifully crafted to match your gown. 

 

After the wedding you may wish to extend the use of your dress by undergoing the transformation into a Christening Gown or a versatile wardrobe piece to treasure for special occasions to come. The possibilities are endless.

 

In addition to being a first choice to designers and celebrities, our reasonable pricing and high quality service make us the number one choice for any special bride to be. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you plan for one of the most special memories of a bride-to be.

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JUL
13

The Importance of Well-fitting Clothes

It is said that first impressions count and that people make their assessment of a newly met person in the first few seconds, so it is no surprise that what we wear has become increasingly important.

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Brides Want to Feel Their Wedding Dress is Perfect for Their Special Day

Brides Want to Feel Their Wedding Dress is Perfect for Their Special Day

 

There are always a million details to be organised in preparation for a wedding and one of the most important to most brides is looking and feeling beautiful. Choosing the dress for the bride, and for bridesmaids, is influenced by many factors and can be influenced by budget, family traditions and the bride’s own wishes and style.

Part of this decision will come from the whether the wedding is to be traditional or modern, a sophisticated evening event with a civil ceremony, a simple church wedding or perhaps a beach wedding in the tropics.There may be a theme for the wedding and also the time of year when it is to be held may dictate the style and fabrics that will be used in the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses.

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Alterations Boutique - Outfits

What to do If you Find the Perfect Outfit in a Shop but Not in Your Size



There’s a special occasion coming up and it needs an outfit that is equally special, and it may be that the invitation specifies a particular dress code, especially for a formal event.

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Alterations boutique Fashion Disasters

Fashion Disasters and How to Resurrect Them


It used to be said that looking into many women’s wardrobe would be likely to reveal some outfits that have languished there unworn ever since they were bought but these days the phenomenon is not confined to women. The seasonal fashions for men and women change and the desire to grab a bargain is universal. As people have become more and more conscious of their appearance inevitably mistakes will happen.

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Alterations boutique Mens suits

Nowadays people are frequently judged on first and very quick impressions of their appearance and this applies as much to men as it does to women. If a man needs to impress, either at an important meeting or at a job interview not only will a stylish, well-fitting and cared for suit look good, it will help its wearer to feel confident.

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Alterations boutique - Ourfits with Accessories

Accessories Can Make or Break an Outfit and the Impression You Create



There are many occasions when it is important for both men and women to create the right impression and part of doing so is about having the correct outfit for the situation. Most people will choose the outfit with the occasion in mind, whether it is a wedding, a celebration or a job interview and whatever their personal style the tendency would be to choose more sober and conventional clothes for, say, an important job interview than would be appropriate for a party.

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Alterations Boutique Bridesmaid dresses

Bridesmaids Come in all Sorts of Different Ages, Sizes and Styles.  It can be difficult when your bridesmaids are all different shapes and sizes and they all have very different tastes and styles.

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Alterations boutique - Fashion Stores

Dresses Have Become More Popular in Fashion Stores in the Last Couple of Years. There is so much advice available online, on TV and in the fashion pages about what to wear, how to wear it and dressing for one’s body shape that shopping for clothes can become less of a pleasure than it should be.

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Alterations Boutique Dressmaking and Tailoring

Dresses Have Become More Popular in Fashion Stores in the Last Couple of Years. There is so much advice available online, on TV and in the fashion pages about what to wear, how to wear it and dressing for one’s body shape that shopping for clothes can become less of a pleasure than it should be.

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Choose Conservative Tailoring for Successful Job Hunting

The challenges for new graduates in finding their first job are many, especially when the economy is struggling to recover from a recession, so getting appearance right as a start is important.Competition for jobs is fierce at the moment and recent research has shown that an average of 83 graduates are applying for every available job.  Not only that but the bulk of the vacancies for graduates currently are in London and the South East.

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13

Alterations boutique Dressmaking

Owning a Specially Designed and Custom Made Dress is Every Woman’s Dream. There are many high street shops catering for a wide variety of tastes and styles of clothing but sometimes there are occasions when something extra special is needed.

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Alterations Boutique Male wedding suits

Feeling Comfortable and Stylish at His Wedding is Important for a Man Too. There is no doubt that wedding preparations have become a hugely stressful and expensive business with much of the focus on the dresses to be worn buy the bride and bridesmaids.

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Give Your Wardrobe a Style Makeover

How often do we have the experience that when getting ready for a social or business event we open the doors of a wardrobe bursting with clothes but then cannot find anything we feel is suitable?

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The History of the Men's Lounge Suit

The two piece lounge suit is a uniform for men in business almost all over the world and it is thought that its present form dates back approximately 150 years.

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