+ What is the alteration process like?
A: I begin with a consultation fitting where I see the garment on you with your shape wear and shoes, or something close to what you intend to wear. I list the alterations needed and provide you with a quote including materials/notions cost.
If you are ready to start, half of the quote is paid up front for labor costs and we set up your second appointment date. At this point, I will keep your dress and make the necessary alterations for our next fitting.
Generally alterations can be 2-4 fittings, depending on the amount of work needed. At the last fitting/pick up, the second half of labor is paid, plus any additional material/notions cost.
Fittings tend to take 20-45 minutes.
Payment options are cash, check and credit card via Square.
+ What is Upcycling/Reworking?
Upcycling - To process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original.
Reworking - To work or form again, to process again or anew for reuse.
Let's rework it together! Say you found a great dress, but:
You want to add something special, an heirloom perhaps. Maybe it’s just too darn long and you want that train to disappear? Done and Done, lets get that hem right! If only the back were a little lower I just don't like the zipper, and my dress is too big
Share your inspiration with me! Technology is pretty awesome, lets use it! Add an image or link on the contact form. Follow me on Pinterest – send me a pic or add me to your board, just hit the paper airplane icon, add your name and comment in the comment section, and if you follow me, you should be able to type in my name and when it pops up, select it and off it goes. You can do this with secret boards too. Just click on the 3 dots box, and hit send. If you follow me my name should pop up. Text me! Please provide your name and the due date too, please. Last but not least if you have a crumpled up old picture or magazine page, that will do too!
+ When should I schedule an appointment for alterations for my wedding or special event?
A: I can schedule up to 6 months in advance. At the latest, 1-2 months in advance can usually work.
Sometimes I can squeeze in a quick turnaround of minor alterations, so if you are desperate – give me a call with your wedding date information and a brief description of what you need, and I will try to fit you in.
+ Can you add cups to a dress? I am not even sure if I need them.
A: Yes, I have a variety of cups here to choose from. I also have many tricks to make gowns fit like a glove ;) Feel free to ask me any questions and share your thoughts on how the dress is or is not fitting the way you like.
+ What if I plan to lose weight to better fit my wedding or special event gown?
A: Typically, we have a consultation for the fitting up to 3 months before the wedding date just to get acquainted. Then, a second fitting – where alterations are noted to begin – is done 2-3 weeks prior to the wedding date.
See above "FAQ: What is the alteration process like?" for more information.
+ Can I bring family and friends to fittings?
A: Of course, the more the merrier! Do they need alterations, too? Just ask, I may be able to fit them in as well!
+ What is the best way to contact you?
A: My contact page has a form that sends me an email. This is the best way to get in touch.
+ What do you need from me to get started?
A: I need your wedding date, if you are leaving town for a ceremony destination, and when you are leaving. My goal is to always have gowns/projects done at least 1 week prior to a due date.
What kind of dress/project do you have? Designer and gown name, links with pictures are great to add here.
Where is your dress from? If it is vintage or any other type of dress or women’s suit, a quick description will suffice. For example: the fabric type, age, etc.
A basic rundown of what you need, taken in, hem, bustle, repairs, etc.
Is there beading? Intricate lace? Ruffles? Shirring? Zipper? The more information the better!
Do you have an inspiration picture that you would like to share for alteration/re-working? (link to what is upcycling/reworking) Feel free to add an image to the contact sheet, or send it to me on Pinterest (link to my pinterest).
Is this a custom project? I have a custom project policy. This form is usually filled out during our first consultation.
+ What are studio appointment hours?
A: My studio is open from Mon - Thu: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. However, I try to make exceptions for hospital workers or those who have very difficult schedules.
+ Can you make a veil or a shawl to go with my wedding gown?
A: Yes, please have inspiration pictures ready for discussion. I have tons of fabrics and lace here. I can also shop for what you need.
Also feel free to add an “Heirloom” in (i.e. Great Grandma’s brooch or bit of Mom’s lace from her gown). If you want any heirloom added in, I will do my best to make it shine!
For more information about heirlooms, please refer below to "FAQ: What is Upcycling/Reworking?"
+ Do you do alterations for those outside of Pittsburgh?
A: Yes, ONLY if you are able to come in at least 2-3 times for fittings. Typically. those who have family members here will come in for visits and swing by my studio for fittings up until the week of their wedding. I store the gowns at my studio.
+ What kinds of special occasion alterations do you do?
- Taking in a bodice
- Taking up straps
- Adding cups, elastic, or boning for bust support, etc.
- Adding specialty beading, lace, etc.
- Reworking/Upcycling for a specific look
+ How do we get started on a custom project?
Disclaimer: Just to be clear we do not knock off current designer works, rather we use them as inspiration to fit a chosen aesthetic. We are glad to help create an inspired look and make your dream come true, but very strongly disagree with fully copying another designer’s work. Besides who wants to be a copycat anyway ;)
How does the process work?
Once the general design has been discussed, a ballpark quote of labor and materials/notions needed that make up the cost of the project is given.
We share inspiration pictures and sketches to finalize the design. Sketches included!
Next, we schedule a consultation to determine the final design, materials/notions and timeline. At this consultation, half of the estimated labor cost is charged. Sometimes half of the materials are paid up front too, depending on the project.
At the end of the project the other half of the labor cost plus materials are paid in full at pick up.
+ What are the payment options?
A: I accept cash, check, and credit card via Square.
Here is a link to my custom project policy.
This form is usually filled out during our first consultation.
Share your inspiration! What are you looking for to be made?
Add an image or link via the contact form.
Follow me on Pinterest. Send me a pic or add me to your board, just hit the paper airplane icon, add your name and comment in the comment section, and if you follow me, you should be able to type in my name and when it pops up, select it and off it goes. You can do this with secret boards too. Just click on the 3 dots box, and hit send. If you follow me my name should pop up. Last but not least if you have a crumpled up old picture or magazine page, that will do too!
+ When would you like to have your completed project?
A: At least 1-2 months in advance at the latest depending on complexity of the project. If it is a wedding gown 3-4 months is great!
+ How do I share my ideas and inspiration?
A: Technology is pretty awesome, let's use it!
Add an image or link via the contact form. Follow me on Pinterest. Send me a pic or add me to your board, just hit the paper airplane icon, add your name and comment in the comment section, and if you follow me, you should be able to type in my name and when it pops up, select it and off it goes. You can do this with secret boards too. Just click on the 3 dots box, and hit send. If you follow me my name should pop up. Text me! Please provide your name and the due date too, please. Last but not least if you have a crumpled up old picture or magazine page, that will do too!
+ Did I miss anything?
A: If you still have questions, ask me via the contact form.