Our goal is to have you feeling comfortable, confident, and beautiful on your wedding day, and to make the fitting and alteration process easy, fun, and effective.

Beautiful fit for your big day!

Bridal Alterations

Process

Schedule your first bridal appointment by clicking the fuchsia button above, or by calling us at 208-685-9410. There is a $25 appointment/consultation charge that will be credited back to you on your alterations invoice (it's mostly to protect our time against no-shows and repeated last-minute rescheduling).


When you come to your first fitting, we'll have you try on your dress (please bring any undergarments, shoes, and accessories you plan to wear on the big day), and you'll talk with one of our bridal experts about the changes that will optimize the look and comfort of your dress. She'll give you her recommendations and your options, we'll give you a firm cost estimate of the work to be done, and we will set your subsequent appointments. Most bridal gowns will have 2-3 total fittings before the pick-up fitting. 


We welcome you to bring a close friend or family member (or 2) with you to your fitting(s) if you like, but please avoid bringing a large group with you. The fitting room, though spacious, gets too loud and crowded for us to do our work effectively when there are half a dozen people, phones, and opinions inside.  


Timeline

For standard bridal alterations, we'd like to meet you and your dress about 6 weeks before your wedding date. If the work you need done is more involved - such as adding (sleeves/fill-in), reworking a vintage dress into a modern style, or adding/subtracting major elements of the dress, we'll need more time. Call us if you think your situation might be more complicated than the average bride's.


Example timeline

  • 5-6 weeks out.          25-30 business days before the wedding - first fitting
  • 3-4 weeks out.          14-20 business days before the wedding - "fit fitting" - fit adjustments in the bodice of the dress have been made, beads and lace are still loose
  • Another "fit fitting", if needed
  • About 2 weeks out.   7-11 business days before the wedding - "frosting fitting" - length has been adjusted, lace and beads are impeccably in place, and bustle is in. This is almost always the pick-up fitting.
  • Pick-up fitting - A couple of days after the "frosting fitting", if the dress wasn't picked up then.


 Rush service on a tighter timeline is usually available, but rush fees will apply to most alterations.


Pricing

Because of the very diverse range of wedding gown styles and construction, bridal alteration prices vary widely and can't be estimated by phone or e-mail. We're sensitive to your need to budget and plan, so you'll get a firm estimate at your first fitting. Also, we credit your $25 bridal consultation fee back to you on your alterations invoice...It's like getting your first bustle-point free! 


Most bridal alterations fall in the $150-$350 range, though there are certainly outliers every single year on either end. If your dress has lace or beading in the areas to be altered, it will cost more to alter than a dress without those elements.


When it comes to bridal gowns and the brides who wear them, there's no such thing as "standard". We do have a short list of a few prices that may give you a better idea. You can find that HERE.


Bridal Party, Parents, and Guests

Bridesmaids, grooms, parents, and attendants do not need an appointment for alterations fittings. Please feel free to drop in whenever sewBoise is open for your fitting. To save yourself and us undue stress, allow at least a couple of weeks before the wedding for us to do the work. 


If your wedding will have 2 brides, we can handle your fittings together or separately. Please call us so we can set aside enough time to fit you both, or schedule back-to-back appointments for you.

Custom Sewing, Alterations, Sewing Classes & Lessons

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Mon. Wed. Thurs. 10am-5:30pm, Tues. noon-7:30, Fri. 9am-1:00pm   (208) 685-9410