Just about any garment can be altered to fit you like a glove, whether it’s adjusting the bust, letting out the waist, or simply shortening the hem. You can also make a more dramatic change, like taking a formal floor-length dress with a train, and turning it into a sassy little knee-length number. I call this garment restyling, and frankly, I love doing it!
Please allow 6-8 weeks for bridal and other major alterations, and 3-6 weeks for all other alterations. If you need an alteration completed in less time, it is usually possible – see Rush Alterations for details.
Process & Pricing
If you’ve never had an alteration done before, you’re probably wondering how it works and what it costs. So here is the deal:
At our first meeting, you’ll try on the garment and we’ll asses what you’d like to change and how much time it’ll take to make those alterations. You’ll get a quote, which serves as a basic estimate of the hours, and if you decide to proceed, you’ll pay a 50% deposit to get started. Checks are preferred, but all major credit cards are also accepted.
- Alterations & Fitting(s)
Depending on the alterations you need, you may have more than one fitting at different stages of completion. (For example, if you need a dress taken in and you need a hem shortened, it’s taken in first and then we have a second fitting to mark the hem, because it will hang differently on you when it fits you properly.)
- Final Fitting & Pickup
When it’s done, you’ll have a final fitting to make sure everything looks good. Then you’ll pay the remaining balance and take it home with you.
It’s important at One Crafty Broad to not have any flat fees for alterations because every alteration is different. At your consultation, we will assess your needs together and give you a quote for the work. The price is based on two things – labor and materials:
- Labor ($40 per hour) – You will be charged for the actual hours worked, which may be higher or lower than the estimate quoted at your consultation. I try to estimate on the high side, so that if the estimate is wrong, it’s less expensive than predicted, though it doesn’t always work out that way.
- Materials – Some alterations require the purchase of materials, such as buttons, zippers, or bra cups in order to be completed. These are usually minimal (< $10) and will be included in your quote.
What does that mean to you? Since you probably don’t know how long an alteration will take, here are some general ideas about the most common alterations:
- Most bridal alterations cost between $250-$800
- Most garment restyling cost between $750-$1,500, including materials
- Garments with appliqués, lace, or beading take significantly longer, since these things have to be removed and replaced by hand in addition to the alteration itself; a good estimate is double the amount of time
- Dress Hems take about 1-2 hours per layer (most wedding and bridesmaid dresses have 2-4 layers which require hems)
- Zipper replacement takes about 4 hours
- Taking in the bust on a dress takes about 4 hours
- Pants hems (men’s or women’s) take about 1.5 hours per pair of pants
- Taking in or letting out a pair of men’s pants takes about 2 hours
- Tailoring a man’s suit jacket around the waist takes about 3-6 hours