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Homecoming – 2019 – Around the corner! – Alterations

Formal and Semi-formal Events

Big night, fancy clothing and a nice dinner, going out with friends or a loved one. Wanting to look your best? Tailoring and alterations are the perfect way to get the right if on any garment.

One thing to keep in mind is your timeframe, give yourself plenty of time to schedule your appt to get your dress fitted, most alterations will require at least one fitting. This means you should book your appointment AT LEAST 4 weeks prior to the event, contact your local alteration shops to find out what the turnaround is for alterations.

What to Bring

After you have booked, you will want to make sure you have the following items with you for your appointment. (Ask if you are not sure).

Shoes, this is a BIGGIE, please bring the shoes you plan on wearing.  If you are not sure about your shoes at the time of the alteration, bring a pair that you might wear. Make sure the heal height is close. If in a wedding make sure to bring the shoes the bride has requested as well as the preferred length or vision.

Halter Satin Prom dress (3 layers)
Chiffon multi-layer prom dress (4 layers)

Undergarments, wear the right underwear. If you are going to be in a strapless dress, make sure to bring your correct bra with you to the fitting as this may change the finished fit. If you change the style of the bra after the fitting process has started, this may incur extra alteration charges, due to the extra work by your tailor to fix the fit.


Respect to your tailor or alterations specialist, make sure to schedule your fittings or followups. This is your responsibility and not the shop or alteration specialist. Make sure to follow up at least a few days after the first fitting, unless discussed with the tailor. You want to make sure you do this if not your garment might not be ready in time.

Alteraions and Fittings
Alterations are a great way to make your garments look fantastic!


Be sure that whoever alters your garment, you give then enough time.  Alterations are a specialty sewing skill and not everyone should do alterations unless they are comfortable and practiced, especially on formalwear. Cheap doesn’t mean bad, and good doesn’t mean expensive. All tailors do not take in the same alterations either, so make sure to check that your local alterations studio does alter formalwear.

Also, be as specific of what you might need to be done. Always schedule a little extra time with them if you are bringing more than one or two items. Be advised if you bring more than two or three pieces it might make your turnaround time long to get your alterations back.

Understanding and Patience

When working with a alterations shop please have patience and understanding, sometimes garments are not “standard” inside once the garment it’s easier to see what can realistically be done for alterations. Tailors and alteration shops are not always going to be able to do the work you would like to have done or can do it. Please be understanding and open, they will be honest with what they can do and services they can provide.


The owner of Needle, Ink and Thread, Located in Beavercreek, Ohio. I love teaching, it really is my passion. The "lightbulb" moments are my favorite! I am so excited to share my passion of sewing, design, and art with you! I was also a former co-owner of Sew Dayton.

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