Dress Alterations 101: Hacks for the Perfect Fit

So, you have found your perfect ensemble for a formal, wedding event, prom, or homecoming… now what? Well, if you are asking the dress gurus, then we foresee dress alterations in your future! Read below to get some cool tips and tricks on how to get a tailor-made dress that will fit like a glove on your celebratory night! Now, let’s get to it…

  • Get a Tailor Guru! 🧵

Whether you are supporting local or a brand-new tailor, start your hunt as soon as possible. This is going to be your dress BFF when you go in for your appointment! Whether you are asking family or friends or recommendations, always make sure to check out their work online or through Instagram. Don’t be shy, they are altering YOUR dress after all – DM the tailor asking if they’ve ever worked on a dress like yours.

  • Get your appointment early ⏰

Do not wait to make your appointment! There are events going on all the time and people who need dress alterations ASAP – so make your appointment with your local seamstress or tailor. Unfortunately, Camille La Vie does not offer tailoring at our stores. However, our dress consultants are here to help you find a formal evening gown that fits you just right! Trust us; the magic of finding a beautiful garment and having a seamstress cast her sewing spells on your formal dress will make for a stress-free process.

  • The key to success is COMFORT! 🧸

You are going to be wearing this dress for HOURS, so make sure you are comfortable every step of the way bestie! Make sure to be transparent and open about what makes you feel cozy. Whether that is adjusting the straps or even altering the sweetheart neckline just a bit, your feelings matter. Don’t forget your shoes to make sure that hemline is not dragging at your feet when you are shaking those hips on the dance floor!

  • The Double Take 👀

Now hold on, wait a minute! You may want to schedule one more fitting before the night unfolds. Scheduling one last fitting will only help your case! Bring some accessories to complete the look and give yourself a chefs kiss in the mirror. 💋

Now get out there, enjoy your night – and absolutely slay the day with your impeccable style.

Red Sequin Dress

Dress Alteration Questions:

How much does it cost to get a dress alteration?

Cost is on your radar for dress alterations? Don’t sweat, it’s on all of ours! Not only did you have to pay for the dress, but now you must get it altered so it fits perfectly. Hey, it happens; budgeting is a part of the fashion game. Dress alterations usually cost somewhere in between $50 through $200. However, if you know a friend with a trick or two up their sleeve with sewing, that will help get the cost down! Or reach out to your local tailor for your alterations and support local businesses along the way.

How long do dress alterations usually take?

You never want to wait last minute for your dress alterations. This is because garment alterations take about 1 – 2 weeks to execute. You want to make sure everything is perfect before the special night. Additionally, you will have to pencil in at least a 3 hour-long fitting to make sure all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted for the sewing process.