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.
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.