“Thanks again for all your work on the dress and the good care you took of it, I was so happy to find you as having the dress done so well made it so special for me and the family. I will be sure to recommend your services to others”
– Laura, married 5th September 2015. Dress altered by Splendid Stitches

 

Whether you have unearthed your grandmother’s wedding dress in the loft or chosen your dress in a boutique, if your dress is vintage, or vintage inspired, you can rely on our unrivalled knowledge of vintage to alter, repair and dryclean your dress to get it perfect for your big day.

We have worked on every era of wedding dress, from delicate 1920s pieces to 1980s power dresses, and a wide selection of contemporary vintage inspired dresses. These are just a few of the happy brides (and bridesmaids!) we have had the pleasure of lending our expertise to.

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Why choose us?

As vintage experts, we truly understand the anatomy of the many eras of vintage wedding dresses – which often differ greatly from contemporary garment construction – and with our wealth of experience we can resize, customise and mend your vintage wedding dress to get it exactly as you envisage for your big day.

We partner with London’s premier vintage specialist drycleaners Upstage Vintage and can get your dress drycleaned as part of the alterations process.

How does it work?

We only take on a limited number of brides for any given month to ensure the highest level of quality and care, so it is worth registering your interest early as we do get booked up, especially during the popular summer months.

We offer a consultation service up to a year before your wedding day. We discuss your dress and requirements in detail before carrying out any work. This is useful if you are unsure if your alterations are viable and want time to explore alternatives.

We usually do the first fitting 5-3 months prior to your wedding, but if you require extensive remodelling or repairs it is prudent to allow at least 6 months. However, if you just need some minor tweaks to ensure a perfect fit, we may be able to fit you in last minute.

We aim to get your dress back to you approximately 2 weeks before your wedding day as we know your last weeks will be hectic and want your dress to be the last thing to worry about!

The initial consultation is £25, which will be offset against any alterations and repairs we subsequently carry out for you.

Post-wedding, we offer a complete repair/clean/packaging service where we repair any damage to your vintage wedding dress, get it professionally cleaned at the vintage experts and package the dress in the most appropriate manner for the style and age of dress, usually boxed in acid-free tissue paper, or hanging on a suitable hanger in an unbleached garment bag. Our post-wedding service starts at £100, depending on the style of dress.

Our bridal services also include alterations for bridesmaid dresses and mother of the bride or groom.

How do I book?

Get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ section on this website, telling us a bit about what kind of alterations or repairs you need and when your wedding date is. If you would like a rough estimate, it is also helpful to attach a photo of the dress, but this is not a necessity. We will email you back to arrange a consultation at our location inside the luxurious and relaxed Atelier Tammam, right by King’s Cross St. Pancras station, or you can book a time convenient for you in our online booking system on this website.

Atelier Tammam 360

Atelier Tammam also has a wide selection of vintage accessories available, including jewellery and veils. For more information on Tammam bespoke dresses, please visit their website http://www.tammam.co.uk

We have replaced zips, taken up hems, changed sleeve styles, moved buttons, taken dresses in and let them out, added new linings to dresses which would otherwise be see-through, and even altered dresses for pregnant brides. Almost anything is possible, so even though your perfect vintage wedding dress may not fit, get in touch with us and we will be able to advice and give you a quote on the work. In addition to some of our wonderful brides above, below is a gallery of some of the other dresses we have worked on in the past.

Vintage Bridal Gallery

1960s vintage wedding dress repairs

Angela’s 1960s dress needed cleaning and letting out at the top, especially as it has a zip which was rusted stuck. It also needed the hem straightened as it had previously been shortened quite badly.

1970s does 1940s vintage wedding dress sleeve alterations

Anna’s wedding was in the summer, but she had fallen for a long sleeved dress, so asked if we could shorten the sleeves. We suggested keeping the design in keeping with the belt sash, and used a matching satin band for edging on the new cap sleeves.

1950s vintage wedding dress let out with panels

This was a very small 1950s wedding dress with an extremely small waist and needed letting out more than the seam allowance would enable. We added panels to the sides and sleeves and let out the gathered skirt to the new waist circumference.

1950s ensemble of dress and bolero

An ensemble consisting of a sleeveless dress and matching bolero needed a few simple alterations to open up the neckline of the dress, which we did by inserting some darts. The bolero needed the sleeves tidied up and lengthened, resolved with attaching a silk band trim matching the existing trim on the jacket hem.

Vintage lace wedding dress back redesign

Arwen’s wedding dress had a back she wasn’t keen on and a elastic hem at the back she wanted to conceal. She preferred a halterneck, and we managed to reuse the existing straps for a halterneck, and the lace back pieces to create a detachable ‘flounce’ for the low back seam concealment.

1950s lace wedding dress alterations and restorations

This wedding dress came to us needing some shape and a refresh: the neckline was straight and we rounded it for a more feminine finish. The shoulder straps and back ties were stiff and too short, so were replaced with blush satin band. The skirt shape was very straight and we altered it to […]

1950s vintage wedding dress shortening

Often wedding dresses come to us needing a lot of things doing: this was no exception with side alterations, re-stitching on of the rose, and a new zip all on the list of necessities. However, shortening the 4 skirt layers were what made the biggest impact. We shortened each layer seperately to increase the […]

1930s sequin blush wedding dress alterations

This beautiful dress was to be a wedding dress but needed careful letting out around the waist, and the hem tidied up as it was very uneven.