Wedding Dress Alterations

bride on wedding day after wedding dress alterations by Modern Cottage
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If you have a designer wedding dress that needs to be altered, you’ve come to right place. Brittanie Cline, founder and master seamstress has been tailoring wedding dresses since 2007. Throughout her years of experience, she has directly worked with gowns from surrounding bridal shops such as A&BE Bridal Shop, Amy’s Bridal, Blueberry Bridal, BB Bridal, and The White Dress Bridal Boutique. Her expertise is not limited to gowns found at these shops.  Similarly, she has experience altering wedding dresses from designers such as Stella York, Maggie Sottero, Willoby by Waters, Badgley Mischka, Chic Nostalgia, and Allure. Certainly, her 13 years of experience is not limited to these wedding dress designers. Above all, we have a background in altering a variety of fit problems such as: hems that are too long, bodices too big or too small, straps, bustles, and lastly steaming. 


bride on wedding day after wedding dress alterations by Modern Cottage
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Even if you don’t have your wedding dress yet, it is important to reserve your alterations appointment early.  Chances are that your wedding dress will need some alterations. To schedule, simply schedule your appointment here. As always, if you need assistance, don’t hesitate to text us at 541-786-9784. We accept wedding dress alterations in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington, but are also available for travel. Generally, fittings are done at our little cottage just 15 minutes outside of La Grande, Oregon. 

bride wearing custom wedding dress before ceremony
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Also, we specialize in helping put your look together with additional details such as custom veils, over skirts, and detachable trains.  While we specialize in alterations, if you need something more for undergarments such as a petticoat or bustier, we can help with that too! Simply inquire those additional options if that is something you need assistance with.

bride wearing custom getting ready before ceremony
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While fittings can take anywhere from 2-4 fittings to find the perfect fit, they don’t take very long. Anticipate about 30 minutes for each alterations appointment, and 45 minutes for your final fitting to leave room for touch ups. Be sure to save yourself a trip to the tailor by bringing your shoes to your first fitting, especially if you need a hem or bustle. 

bride on wedding day after wedding dress alterations by Modern Cottage
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Finally, on your wedding day, you’ve found the perfect fit. We want to let you in on a few tips for your wedding day. Due to the shape of some trains, you might forget where all of the bustling points go on the day of.  Be sure to bring on close friend who will be there with you the day of to your final fitting. Keep in mind our little cottage is best for you to bring just you and one other friend. Also, we do day-of coordinating, so if  you need us there on the day, we can be!


bride on wedding day after wedding dress alterations by Modern Cottage
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“Brittanie is wonderful! She did all the alterations on my wedding dress. Besides altering my wedding dress, she also was the coordinator at my wedding and did a phenomenal job. She made our big day goes smoothly and according to the plan! Thank you!”


La Grande, Oregon

“I loved the work on my wedding dress! It was very well done and I loved how it fit when I put it on. Brittanie Cline’s work is amazing and anyone who is planning a wedding, who needs some alterations done, go to Modern Cottage Boutique! Thank you again, Brittanie!”


Baker City, Oregon

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“I bought my beautiful dress from Brilliant Bridal in Las Vegas so had to take my alterations elsewhere. I knew that I wanted to shop local and had heard that Brittanie/Modern Cottage Bridal was a great place to start. Without hesitation, Brittanie was compassionate and jumped right in to start altering my dress exactly how I wanted it. I had some “different” requests/alterations in mind and she was just as excited I was to see how it would turn out. She did everything she could to take care of me. I can not express how much I appreciated the thoughtfulness and professionalism she has shown me. I love that she has a laid back “work space” and is “real.” I honestly dreaded dress shopping and dress alterations because I hate trying on clothes, but she has made this process easy, simple and relaxed. I feel so confident in my dress and I love how she made it more “me.” My wedding is next month, so I am very excited to see the final outcome and post a picture of it.
If you want an experience where you know she will be there for you every step of the way until your wedding day, I would not hesitate to highly recommend Modern Cottage Bridal! Thank you Brittanie for making this process a great one and for being a big part of me looking & feeling my best when I marry my best friend next month!”


La Grande, Oregon

La Grande, Oregon


Note that all packages are optional to switch to an a la carte option if you need fewer alterations that full service. Inquire below if you are not sure which option is best for you.


Is your wedding dress free of bead work and lace applique (hand placed lace)? Is it made of simple design and simple fabric? Does it have a short train? Chances are, it’s a modern gown! Simply click below to book your wedding dress alterations fitting. We recommend scheduling your first fitting for 3 or more months before your wedding date to ensure the best fit. If have your dress early and don’t plan on changing your current size, feel free to book ahead at any time. Feeling behind? Don’t worry, there’s a rush option too! Rush fees begin when you book your first fitting less than 90 days before your event. Still not sure where to start for alterations? Message us here!



Is your bridal gown more traditional with detailed lace, possibly bead work (but not required), and more structure in the bodice (top) and skirt? If so, our classic gown alterations package is the right fit for you! Simply click below to book your wedding dress alterations fitting. We recommend scheduling your first fitting 3 months or more before your wedding date to ensure the best fit. Need to speed up the process? We have rush alterations available too! Again, rush alterations fees start when you book less than 90 days before your event date. If you have any questions about one of our services please message us here.



Does your bride tribe need help finding the perfect fit too? Keep in mind that it is just as important to schedule bridesmaid alterations in advanced as it is your bridal gown tailoring. If you’re in a pinch, more than likely we can get you in. Rush fees for bridesmaid dress alterations start when you book less than 60 days before your event date. 



Does your mom or family friend need assistance finding the right fit? We do accept more casual dresses to alter and steaming is complimentary with each general alteration for fine clothing. Rush fees start when you schedule your first fitting less than 60 days before your event date.