2021 and 2022 are already busy so we strongly recommend you enquire early in order to reserve your dress alterations or be added to our waiting list.
“I received fantastic, friendly service from Nanna who took great care when repairing and altering my Grandmother’s wedding dress this year. My mum and I felt completely confidident leaving such a sentimental garment with Nanna and are over the moon with the final result. We would both highly recommend Splendid Stitches, thankyou Nanna!”
– Julia, married October 2018

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

We have worked on every era of wedding dress, and as vintage experts, we truly understand the anatomy, fabrics and constructions of everything from 1910s Edwardian delicate lace, over 1940s satin, 1950s fit-and-flare, 1970s Ossie Clark crepe and 1980s larger-than-life fairy tale gowns.

Vintage 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.

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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Getting your dress altered by Splendid Stitches:

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. During this, we discuss your dress and requirements in detail before carrying out any work. An early consultation is especially useful if you are unsure whether your alterations are viable and want time to explore alternatives. 

The fitting process: 

Your first fitting is usually 5-3 months prior to your wedding, and this can be part of the initial consultation. If you require extensive remodelling or repairs it is prudent to allow at least 6 months. We will look at style, fit and function and usually require you to return for 2-4 further fittings depending on the complexity of works. Most of these fittings will be 8-4 weeks before your wedding date.

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!

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

As the initial consultation includes a discussion about creative and technical possibilities for your dress, we charge £150 for the appointment. This will however be offset against any alterations and repairs we subsequently carry out for you.

How do I book a consultation?

Get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ section on this website, and tell us a bit about what kind of alterations or repairs you need and when your wedding date is. If possible, please attach a photo of the dress as this will help with providing an estimate and assessing the complexity of works required.

We will email you back to arrange a consultation at our Central London studio, 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.

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.