See the couture evening dress alterations we've been working on this year and find out how we give our clients the perfect fit.
Couture Evening Dress Alterations 2015
At London Fitting Rooms we're known for our couture alterations. A big part of this is evening dress alterations.
These involve some of our most intricate, exciting and delicate work. Whilst, our changes remain invisible.
We get to work with stunning evening dresses season after season and these are some of the best. This is how we give our clients the best fit.
Monique Lhuillier Gown
This Monique Lhuillier evening gown came into our studio to be taken in through the sides. We divided the amount to be taken in equally between each side to keep the dress in proportion.
This Marchesa tulle and beaded gown needed the shoulders lifted. This involved removing and reapplying the beads as original.
We also attached the base of the bodice to the tulle, fixed a hole and secured the layers of tulle. Now our client has more ease of movement.
This full-length double jersey dress from Balmain has a beautifully embroidered top. We lifted the waist before shortening the hem with a bagged-out finish.
A simple hem finish keeps the lining separate from the top layer. Whereas, bagged-out is a stitch from the inside to the lining. This creates a smooth finish. Now it has the best fit too.
Dolce and Gabbana Dress
We've been shortening this Dolce and Gabbana lace gown. The panels require extra attention when placing the lace detail.
Our tailors do this by moving the lace panel as pinned in the above picture. We keep the same distance between the lace strips after shortening.
It looks as if the dress was never altered and keeps the original design. This is the sign of great clothing alterations and always our goal.
We got this Dior corset dress dry cleaned and now it's ready for our client. The view from above shows the structural detail that goes into these evening gowns.
Jenny Packham Gown
Feather dresses can come in all different styles and don't always use feathers. This Jenny Packham dress skipped the usual printing and instead used beadwork.
We see here Daniela securing all the beads one by one after shortening the hem. The feather effect made over the delicate tulle makes this an evening dress to remember.
Jenny Packham Dress
This dreamy Jenny Packham beaded and sequinned dress was in for hem shortening. We removed and reapplied the beading as original.
It took six hands at the same time to secure all the beads on the hem and make sure we were on time for our client delivery. This is all part of our express work service.
Dennis Basso Gown
We took in the centre back and under-bust darts on this Dennis Basso gown. We also lowered and reshaped the armholes.
We then took in the waist belt before checking and securing loose beading. It's such a beautiful evening dress that Harrods had it on display.
Alexander McQueen Dress
We narrowed the shoulders and shortened the sleeves on this Alexander McQueen dress. The beads are made in shapes that create a patch we can remove as a whole.
This is exactly what Tanya had to do to be able to narrow the shoulders. She repositioned it when the shoulders were made smaller.
Then hem and lining were both shortened to match our client. While our changes to the beadwork remain invisible.
Dennis Basso Gown
This Dennis Basso gold evening dress needed the straps shortened at the back. We also took in the centre back.
Lastly, we'll shorten the hem and the crinoline lining accordingly. The finish will remain as original.
We lifted the shoulders and took in the side seams on this Jovani ivory dress. Jelena, our tailor, is now shortening the hem and the lining. Which, again, sees these beautiful beads secured on the hem one by one.
Roberto Cavalli Dress
We took in the centre back of this Roberto Cavalli dress through the zip. We lifted the back up through the shoulders and neckline.
We then shortened the sleeves from the cuff and moved the zip up accordingly. We are now shortening the hem. All these adjustments create the best fit for our client.