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Clothing Alterations & Tailoring FAQ

Common questions about clothing alterations:

What does being a seamstress mean?


A seamstress can design, alter, or repair clothing. Brides commonly use a seamstress’s service to get the perfect fit for their wedding dress. A seamstress can also tailor the fit of everyday clothing so you can continue wearing them even if you lose or gain weight, or even extend the life of kids’ clothing as they grow.




How long do clothing alterations take?


When you meet with the seamstress, she will let you know how long she expects your alterations to take. If you need them done by a certain date, let her know so she can factor that in. Simple alterations can be quick, but more complex alterations like a wedding dress can take longer. We do provide rush alteration services if necessary.




I’m losing weight for my wedding. When should I get my dress fitted?


Losing weight is a process, so we understand that you will likely be changing sizes between your first wedding dress fitting and your wedding day. It’s best to plan ahead and get in touch with the seamstress ASAP. That said, we do rush alterations if needed!




Do you alter men’s clothing?


Yes, we can tailor or alter men’s attire, whether formal or regular wear. A well-fitted business suit or an extra comfortable jacket can make a world of difference!




Are you supposed to tip the seamstress?


Tipping is not expected, but it is appreciated if you feel they went above and beyond for your alterations.




Can a seamstress make a dress bigger?


Yes, we can often let a dress out! Each dress is different, but there is usually enough seam allowance to allow us to let out a dress by 1 to 3 inches. So don't worry if you gained a few pounds or you just can't bear throwing out an favorite dress that doesn't fit anymore.




Can a seamstress make pants bigger?


Yes, we most likely can let out pants by a few sizes. Depending on how they were made, most pants can be tailored to be a bit larger if desired.




Can a seamstress replace or fix a zipper?


Yes, zipper replacements are very common for seamstresses. A seamstress can swap in a new zipper or even add one to where it didn't exist before.