alterations & tailoring

Formal Gown Alterations

Unlike the clothes we normally wear, much more time and detailed tailoring goes into a gown. The number of fittings depend on the alterations required.  Your dress may just need hemming, or extensive alterations involving side and bust seams, replacing a zipper or more. 

What you can expect:

  • First appointment at least 2-4 months in advance.
  • First fitting should be at least two months before your event. This first fitting is for pinning and measuring.
  • Second fitting takes place 2 to 3 weeks after the first. After temporary adjustments to the bodice are applied, more adjustments to the bodice and extra fittings may be needed (usually no fabric is cut until that time).
  • Pinning for hemming is next after the alterations to the bodice of the dress are done.
  • Final fitting when the hem is finished, the bustle is being created at that time.

Allow 2-3 weeks between each fitting.

Come prepared:

  • It’s essential to bring the shoes you plan to wear with the outfit.
  • Wear or bring your best fitting undergarments to each of your fittings, the same ones you plan to wear for your special day. Foundation garments can make a difference of up to 2 inches in the hemline or waist and also show if dress will be too revealing in any area.
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  • Our is a professional alterations expert, she may advise against certain structural changes that may compromise the integrity of your gown.
  • Any concerns that arise with the fit of the garment, pricing, or any other issues must be discussed immediately with the seamstress so that she can resolve the situation. Fleur Feroce, Inc. has the right to refuse service to any individual, under any circumstances, at any time.

The more alterations on your dress needs, and the more complex your dress is, the more fittings you will need. If your weight changes at all (beyond 3-5 pounds), there is obviously a surcharge as we will have to alter the dress accordingly.


Pinning Fees:
If you meet with the seamstress and decide not to continue with alterations, you will be charged a pinning fee. You have 3 days in which to make such decisions and alert the seamstress. There is NO cancellations for rush garments.

Wedding, Debutante, and Quinceanera Gowns                                                Pinning Fee:  $50.00
Bridesmaids, Mother-of-Bride/Groom, Evening, and other Garments  Pinning Fee:  $25.00

 
A look into the tailoring process
A look into the tailoring process
Tailors Chalk
Tailors Chalk

Pricing

  • We offer professional highest quality service and at affordable prices.
  • Estimates for alterations can only be done after the inner construction of the garment has been examined in person or via video chat.
  • The designer label doesn’t matter in quoting the price of alterations. It’s determined by multiplying the time needed for making alterations by hourly rate.
  • The price range for bridal gown alterations is $50 and up.
  • If your alterations have to be done in less than 2 months, a 40% rush fee will be applied.
  • A 50% deposit is required before any work on your gown begins.  Deposits are non-refundable. Consultations and estimates are $50 for up to 1 hour, if you choose for me to perform the alterations the consultation fee will be deducted from your final invoice.
  • If dry cleaning is required prior to your event, an additional 3 weeks should be factored into the schedule. Dry cleaning is always an additional separate charge.
  • If your alterations appointment is scheduled less than the required weeks before pickup, an additional priority fee may be applied at the first fitting, at the discretion of the seamstress.
    Wedding, Debutante, and Quinceanera Gowns

Less than 8 weeks        + $50.00
1 month turnaround     + $75.0
2 week turnaround       + $100.00
1 week turnaround       + $250.00
Overnight                     + $450.00

Bridesmaids, Mother-of-Bride/Groom, Evening, and other Garments

2 week turnaround       + $25.00
1 week turnaround       + $50.00
Overnight                     + $100.00

  • Wedding, Debutante, and Quinceanera Gowns typically require 3 appointments.
    Bridesmaids, Mother-of-Bride/Groom, Evening, and other Garments typically require-1- 3 appointments
  • Subsequent appointments will be scheduled by the seamstress at the end of your initial appointment.
  • All alterations fees are due and payable in full at the first fitting.