Wedding Dress Alterations Surrey

Charmaine Mossman wears a Charlie Brier two piece with fringed skirt. I under took alterations to the waistband size, skirt length and straps on the top.

The Dress Alchemist

- Wedding Dress Alterations

Alterations for size or styling to shop bought or vintage wedding dresses are important to make a dress look like it belongs to you and give you confidence on your big day. Very few people are a standard dress size so most dresses need adjustment to the bodice, hem length and straps. Changes to the style; adding straps, changing necklines or lace applique can transform an off the peg dress into something uniquely special.

• Charmaine Mossman •and the dress fitted perfectlyShe made suggestions I hadn’t thought about Felicity Did an amazing job,

I take on a limited number of alterations per month. I am now fully booked until mid September 2024 with good availability for Autumn/Winter. I am now taking bookings for 2025.

See FAQ below for an in depth look at how your alterations will be accomplished, or download the same information as a PDF leaflet.

I have worked in bridal alterations for more than 18 years and there is very little I cannot manage. If you are unsure your dress can be altered the way you would like I can offer advice at a free fitting consultation.


Alteration ConsultaTions

At an alteration consult I can check the changes you want are possible and give a quote. I cannot give more than a ball-park price guide by email.


For alterations a pre-consult is optional. Many brides needing just straight forward sizing alterations opt to simply book in without the extra visit. If the changes you need are more than 2 dress sizes down, increasing the size or more complicated style changes, a consultation is advisable.


I take on a limited number of alterations per month. I am now fully booked until mid September 2024 with good availability for Autumn/Winter and now taking bookings for 2025.


How long do wedding dress alterations take?

I usually accomplish most alteration jobs in 1-2 days sewing, however I normally space your 1-2 weeks apart to allow me to fit your sewing around other work and commitments.


I recommend alteration work is started 3-6 weeks before your wedding day to allow for any weight change. Most good seamstresses will get very busy, especially in the summer months so pre-booking your sewing slot in advance is essential.


Check my availability for sewing slots suitable to your wedding date by submitting an enquiry here.


How many fittings will I need?

Two is usual, one to pin the changes and another to check everything is perfect before you take the dress away. Occasionally a third fitting date is scheduled, if a further tweak is needed. My suggested timeframe of starting 3-6 weeks before your wedding allows plenty of time for fittings.


Booking In

I take a limited number of alteration bookings per month and am usually fully booked 3-4 months in advance, possibly even sooner for busy summer months. Please enquire in good time to avoid disappointment.


A booking-in fee of £60 secures a sewing slot for you in my schedule. This is deductible from your final bill. Weekday fittings are free, evening and weekend appointments are charged at £30 each.


You are welcome to bring your dress in for an early assessment and firm quote, before booking-in. Or you can book your ideal sewing slot without visiting and I will see the dress for the first time at the fitting appointment. I have altered more than a thousand dresses in my time so unless your alterations are very out of the ordinary an early assessment would be for your peace of mind rather than my benefit.

How much do wedding dress alterations cost?

A typical wedding dress alteration cost is £150-£400

I charge £60/h for sewing work. Costs will differ from dress to dress depending on how each dress is constructed. Fuller skirts, multiple layers, lace edges, beading detail or delicate fabrics are all elements likely to increase the cost of your alterations. Very occasionally work might take longer than a seamstress expected at the outset. My breadth of experience at cost estimation means I very rarely have to charge more than my original quote.


Can you give me a quote by email?

No. I only give firm quotes in person. But if you send me pictures of your dress I can let you know if there is anything about your dress style that might take us outside the usual costs outlined below.

I can give a firm cost estimate/quote at a pre-fitting consultation or at your first official fitting as best suits you.


"Everything you did was absolutely perfect & I can't thank you enough! The day went perfectly & thanks to the alterations you did it made me feel super comfortable in the dress, especially having everyone's eyes on you all day"

- Lisa Duffy

Price Guide

All prices are a guide only.


Costs are as individual as each brides’ requirements.

Common Size Alterations:

Take in dress at sides
Bust only £60-£120
Bust and Waist £70-£140
Bust, waist and hip £80-£200
(may include multiple layers of skirt)


Hem length
Front only, tapered into train from sides
Prices from: £60 hemmed layers
£25 cut edge layers (tulle and net)
£90+ lace edge layers
Double the cost for hems all round, taking up the train as well


Usually free with other alterations
for simple “button and loop”, over or under bustles.
From £15 if no other work required
or for more complicated bustle arrangements


Other alterations such as reducing bodice cup size, narrowing or shortening sleeves, removing trains etc can be quoted for at a consultation.


Common Style alterations:

Add straps from £60-£180 depending on style and materials required
Add sleeves from £150 + materials


Change back fastening to:
Lace up with eyelets from £120
Lace up with loops and flat lacing from £150
Buttons and loops from £150
Add buttons next to zip from £90


Other style alterations such as adding lace applique or beaded detail, changing the neckline front or back, adding a sash or beaded belt or narrowing a skirt shape can be quoted for at a consultation​.


I am

"the dress alchemist"

I have altered more than 1000 wedding dresses during my sewing life and there is very little I cannot manage. If you are unsure whether your dress can be altered the way you would like I am happy to offer advice and help at a consultation appointment.


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"Felicity did some alterations to my wedding dress !! She was so professional and very understanding. She did an amazing Job and couldn't be happier with the outcome of my dress .Lovely person who makes you feel so comfortable !! Definitely would recommend !!! Felicity also altered my bridesmaids dresses including readjusting a dress for my pregnant sister at the time, a wonderful job done !! AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING !!"


-Nseko Salalha

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