Category: Wedding alterations

Recent Wedding Gown Alterations

It has been a very busy fall!  I am just getting to show off some of the beautiful gowns I have been altering!  Here are a few of my favorites:

This is the JCrew Rosabelle gown.  I love the buttons up the back and the sweet flowers on the shoulders.  The bride wanted a nice smooth back on the dress but she wanted the support of a bra so I modified a Victoria’s Secret bra and sewed it in to the front of the dress!  No bra lines!  I also hemmed the dress, took in the sides and brought up the shoulders.  Such a pretty dress!

 Photo from JCrew

This is the Rowan dress by Jenny Yoo.  It is such a beautiful silk chiffon sheath!  The dress has a very unusual train with two panels the run down the back and are open on either side.  It was a challenge to get the bustle to look right!  I did a modified French bustle to keep the nice long lines of the dress by picking up the train underneath.  The two panels wear lifted up either side and tucked in on themselves to maintain that beautiful column sillhouette.

 Photo from Jenny Yoo

Always something beautiful to work on! 
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The modest bride

Last fall I had a lovely bride, Rebecca, ask me to add sleeves to her strapless dress.  There are so many strapless dresses on the market but this style doesn’t suit everyone!  Adding sleeves or straps is a nice way to customize a strapless dress.  Then you can have the dress of your dreams without compromising on comfort or modesty!  Rebecca’s dress came with a little bolero jacket so it was fairly simple to add sleeves to her dress.  However there are lots of ways to add sleeves or straps, even if your dress doesn’t come with a jacket!  Additional lace, taffeta, or satin fabric can be purchased to match the dress.  Don’t limit your options!

 Photos by Kimber Hansen Photography

Rebecca also shared a nice thought about her alterations: “I had bought a backless, sleeveless, trained wedding dress that came with a not-so-flattering jacket for my outdoor, November wedding in hopes of finding a seamstress to change it to my liking.  Anne’s Alterations did just that.  Anne converted the jacket into a cap sleeved top sewn into the dress and removed the train.  Anne turned my bargain dress into an elegant outdoor wedding dress!”

Thanks for sharing, Rebecca!  I love seeing photos of my work in action!
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Flower girl

Ok, so this dress wasn’t for a wedding, but it could have been!  Jamelle Kelly of Cameron + Kelly Studios commissioned me to make a dress for her little girl.  She picked the cutest fabric!  I based the design of the dress on The Party Dress by The Cottage Home.  Because the pattern is only designed for up to size 5, I used measurements to resize the dress up to about a size 8.  I also added cap sleeves and removed the band of contrasting fabric at the bottom.  I think it came out great!

Now I am dreaming of making flower girl dresses…how about in silk dupioni…!

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Bridal Gown Shopping Rules

I just found this fantastic website by a seamstress in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has all kinds of helpful information for brides and bridesmaids.  I specifically want to share her Bridal Gown Shopping Rules because she really tells it like it is.  One of my favorites is Rule #4:

“Sales people will tell you that any dress can be altered. As you stand there in a dress that can not be zipped up the back because it is 6” too small a sales person will assure you that pieces can be taken off the bottom to be put in the seams to make the dress fit…

Do not let yourself be talked into buying a dress that needs more alterations than you feel comfortable with or that your budget can handle. It’s best for the structural integrity of the gown and your nerves to have the least amount of altering as possible – AND that’s coming from someone who makes a living altering.”


My Number 1 rule of altering is given enough time and money, pretty much anything can be done.  BUT, it is always better to find a dress that fits well and needs as little altering as possible.  Sometimes circumstances change (I am talking to you, pregnant brides!) and then some custom alterations are required.  However, there are thousands of dresses out there and if you can’t find the dress of your dreams, order a custom dress from yours truly. 
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Anne’s Alterations featured on K.I.S.S. Wedding Blog!

Well, I am just getting some great publicity by the always excellent Melissa Dunstan Photography!  Check out this fun blog posting featuring a dress I redesigned a few years ago.  Kristina brought in a dress from David’s Bridal that was one of the most popular designs of the year. She had dreams of a dress that was way out of her price range and I redesigned the less expensive dress into the dress of her dreams!  She wanted lots of fabric so I created a fun bubble hem at the bottom of the dress and ruched the sides of the original hem.  It was a fun project!

Click text to go to K.I.S.S blog!

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Anne’s Alterations dress featured on OneWed!

Remember that 1950s themed wedding alteration?  Katie and Jim’s wedding was featured on OneWed!  Check out the fabulous posting and Melissa Dunstan Photography’s great photos of the event!  Also check out the fun vintage inspired table settings created by KD Event Designs.  Don’t forget I also made those cute shoe clips and matching hair accessory!  This was really a fun wedding to work on!

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Kristina’s Wedding Dress

I would like to share a few photos of a wedding dress alteration I worked on in May.  Kristina had a few special requests to make her dress special.  First the dress had a little extra poof in the hips that she wanted eased out and she wanted a ribbon attached to the bottom of the dress to match the ribbon at the waist.  She also needed a bustle for dancing!

I found the perfect ribbon and I really think it made the bottom of the dress look finished and elegant.

Here is what Kristina said about her alterations

I wanted to thank you again for the wedding dress alterations you did for me back in May. The dress was so beautiful with the ribbon you added and the bustle made the dress perfect for dancing. I wanted to invite you to look at the pictures we got so you can see how well the dress fit in to our perfect day!

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Custom Cape for Bike to Work Week

So apparently the City of Flagstaff Mayor Sara Presler agreed to wear a cape for Bike to Work Week….Little did she know that the lovely folks at Flagstaff Biking Organization were going to take her up on it!  I was commissioned to make a lovely super hero cape for the Mayor to wear at the kick-off celebration last Sunday and I just had to show off some photos!

These photos came from the Arizona Daily Sun

Pretty fun!

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More Custom Dresses

Well, it has been awhile, which means I am busy!  Wedding season is in full swing and I have been altering like crazy.  Once of my favorite parts of altering wedding dresses is installing a bustle.  I create my own custom bustles that are individually tailored to each wedding dress and each fabric.  I spend a lot of time playing with ideas while the dress is on the dress form to make sure the drape is just right.

I have also had a few requests for custom dresses for fall and spring 2012 weddings!  Here are a few of the dresses that I am going to help design and create!

I love helping brides create the perfect dress for less than designer prices!  It is so rewarding!

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1950s Wedding Alteration: Part 2

I have been having a great time working on this 1950s-themed wedding alteration!  The dress is so cute and I made some great hair and shoe clips to go with the outfit.  First I will show you the progress of the dress!

Here is the dress before I made any changes.  It has such great classic lines and is made of a really nice heavy-weight textured satin.

Here it is after I cut off the top layer of fabric!  I put the dress on a pedestal so I could measure up from the floor to get the height even all around.  That was especially important around the train.

 And here it is after all the fabric has been cut!  Look at how much fabric I have left!  I love the dress short, it is so cute.  And I am glad the bride requested a matching bolero out of all the fabric!  I will post photos of the bolero later!

As I mentioned, I also made a custom hair clip and shoe clips.  The bride is using lemon yellow as her accent color and her groom and bridesmaids are wearing navy blue, so the hair and shoe clips incorporate those colors.  I couldn’t find navy grosgrain ribbon with white stitching on the edges anywhere, so I just hand sewed it myself!  I think it was worth it!

And here is a photo of the shoes with the shoe clips!
So cute!
I will be listing hair and shoe clips like these for sale on etsy!  You can contact me directly if you are interested in custom items like these and remember I can make them in any color ribbon!

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