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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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.

Widespread, affordable clothing shops mean that not many people these days are likely to consider making their own clothes.  How many people these days have the sewing and dressmaking skills to be able to create their own complete, well-fitting and stylish outfits? How many have the equipment or the time to do so?

Buying ready-made clothes that fit perfectly can sometimes be difficult, however.  Very few people are the perfect size and shape and the need for well-fitting clothes, especially when it is necessary to make a good impression, have made tailoring and alterations services more important.

Job interviews are one example of a situation where first impressions and appearance count and where confidence can make a difference to a candidate’s performance.

A smart, well-fitting suit is usually the outfit of choice for interviews for both men and women and it is possible to find an appropriate outfit off the peg but it may be that getting the right fit of jacket may means that the matching trousers, or skirt, are perhaps a bit too loose or not the correct length.

Fashion experts identify several female body types. They include the apple body shape characterised by broad shoulders, often a large bust and chest for their frame, amazing legs and top sizes larger than the bottom.

Pear shaped women have shoulders narrower than their hips or top sizes smaller than bottom sizes, while the round body shape is curved all over with weight is carried on the stomach, hips and thighs. The hips and shoulders can be narrow in relation to the frame.

Men, too, can have particular body shapes such as the triangle, inverted triangle, oval and rectangle.

Getting a suit altered by a professional to fit these body shapes properly can help a person to look good and feel confident when it really matters. It means the wearer does not have their attention partly diverted by an undercurrent of worry about what they are wearing.

Having a suit professionally altered can also be a way of subtly demonstrating attention to detail, which may be something an interviewer is looking for in a job candidate.

One useful tip when going to a professional for suit alterations is to take the shoes you plan to wear, and also the shirt, if appropriate.  The height of the heels of a pair of shoes will alter the length needed for a pair of trousers or a skirt and wearing the shoes will help the tailor ensure that they can get the measurements exactly right.

It may seem like an unnecessary expense but investing in getting a smartly-tailored, professional look just right is worthwhile because it is very unlikely that the suit will be worn just once.  Job hunts and interviews can be stressful enough without having to search out the right outfit for each interview and it is possible to ring the changes with the colours of accessories, ties, blouses or shirts so that the look remains fresh.

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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.

Unfortunately, while a search of the shops has pinpointed the perfect outfit, it is not available in the correct size. This is particularly difficult if the outfit is in an antique, vintage or nearly-new shop, where the same outfit is unlikely to be available in a range of sizes.

Most people would not consider buying an outfit not in their size and would probably continue the search. However, if the outfit is in a larger size than is needed it does not necessarily mean that it should not be bought. Why give up on an outfit you have fallen in love with when there is a solution?

It is, in any case, rare to find an outfit that fits perfectly even if it is in the correct size. People’s body shape, waist length and leg length are as variable as human beings themselves and rarely conform perfectly to the manufacturers’ standard sizes. Skirt and trouser lengths are almost certain to need alteration to achieve the perfect length for an individual body.  Hips can be narrower than the norm, chest or bust measurements larger.  For a special occasion feeling confident of perfectly fitting clothes can add to the enjoyment of the event.

The expertise of an experienced dressmaker or tailor is more than equal to the task of altering an outfit so that it fits perfectly. It is not only women who come in a range of shapes. Men too, have their issues, especially as they get older.  An alterations expert will be able to remodel an outfit so that it accentuates the positive and minimises the defects.

There is very little that cannot be altered in a suit, including trouser length, waist size, jacket linings can be replaced, sleeve lengths fixed and zips and buttons can be replaced. A good alterations service done by a professional tailor will be able to handle a wide range of fabrics, from the sheerest silks, chiffons and organzas, to the heaviest of denims, tweeds and even leather and suede.

Most shops will put a garment on hold, sometimes asking for a small deposit or alternatively agreeing a time limit, to give the customer time to consult with an alterations expert about whether what they have in mind is feasible and can be done in good time for when the outfit is needed.They are usually also experienced in advising on suitable accessories to put the finishing touches to an outfit and it might even be better to consult the experts than accessorize for oneself.

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