Below is a great example of gown alterations that completely change the look and feel of the original gown.
This lovely wedding dress wasn't exactly what the bride wanted.
So it went through a few changes.
The biggest one was removing the zip and adding a lace up back.
A matching lace was found to add an asymmetrical feature to one shoulder. Then the beadwork was blended in.
(image taken before the tulle edges were trimmed away from the lace)
The end result was a stunning gown that the bride felt amazing wearing.
Peta said "Alison transformed my wedding dress into the 'gown of my dreams'. The alterations were quite substantial, so I was very careful about who was going to pass it over to! Alison is an overwhelming dressmaker who I would recommend to anyone who is extremely fussy like myself. Thank you Alison you are a Superstar ;) xx"
She also added in another message:
Sadly the gown to the left is another great example of a gown ordered online.
The images on the website made the gown look stunning. But when it arrived, the bride was very disappointed. It was too big and the skirt was missing vital ruffles. It made it look flat and lifeless.
Taking the side seams in was a standard alteration. But by adding extra ruffles in between the existing ones, the gown came alive. It had movement and definition, and looked fantastic on the bride.
Not all alterations are standard hems and side seams. Some need something extra to transform the gown into the perfect dream.