Prom dress alterations

Looking for Prom dress alterations in the Bridgend area? Don’t want to pay sky high shop overhead prices but want an experienced professional seamstress to alter it perfectly? You’ve found the right place!

With over 25 years experience of performing general alterations together with our experience of performing Wedding dress, Bridesmaid dress and Prom dress alterations, you’re in safe hands.

Please don’t leave your Prom dress alterations to the last minute as we get extremely busy in the run up to Prom season and sometimes have to turn young ladies away as they leave it too late, generally two to three weeks is ample time but if you need it sooner, contact us first.

We offer a FREE personal fitting and pinning service by appointment ONLY.

Remember: if you’re buying a dress online. ALWAYS order at least one size bigger than you need. All dresses can be made slightly smaller to fit your body shape but very few dresses have enough material left inside to let out.

The Perfect Fit

Although the women in magazines and catalogs look beautiful, very few of us are actually the perfect size, including models. Teens come in all shapes and sizes, so finding the perfect fit for you may be completely different than the perfect fit for your best friend.

There are a couple of rules of thumb that will help when choosing a prom dress to make alterations easier.

A Size Bigger or Smaller

In general, when altering a dress, it is much easier to take fabric away than to add fabric. To add fabric, you have to be certain of matching color, material and figure out how to hide the seams. If you fall between two sizes, always opt for the larger of the two as it will be easier, and probably less expensive, to have it taken in. Also, it is usually the same price to have one inch or five inches taken in, so if you’re uncertain, it might even be better to order two sizes up.


Dresses are generally made for girls less than 5 feet 9 inches tall. If you are shorter than this, you will probably have to get the dress hemmed. If you are taller, you may want to shop for a specialty tall dress to make sure you have enough material to create the length you want. Make sure the seamstress measures you with the shoes on that you’ll be wearing on prom night. You don’t want to trip on your hem as you’re dancing because you wore high heels when being measured and then switched to flat shoes.


Some styles and materials are just naturally easier to alter than others. A dress with many layers may be more difficult for a seamstress to alter and may cost you more money to have changed. Silk and taffeta can also be difficult to work with and may cost more to have altered.