Wedding Dress Restyle | Sun Valley, Idaho

Vintage wedding dress redesign

We loved working on this sweet vintage wedding dress. This wedding gown had a full V neck top with sleeves. We removed the sleeves to make it strapless and sweetheart. For the back of this vintage wedding dress, we added a corset back. We can’t say enough about how fun this vintage wedding dress redesign was!

This just goes to show that you can have a full length vintage wedding dress and have it shortened as well! We love this new style with every new little simple detail.

Top 5 Pro Tips for Designing your own Wedding Dress

We are beyond excited for all the creative wedding dress designs we are working on this year! See below our top five professional wedding dress designing tips for designing your own wedding dress with us!

Shana Bailey Photography

1. Narrow down your complete bridal look before your first design meeting.

Be sure to have your complete look in mind prior to your first meeting. Utilize Pinterest, wedding magazines, or Google images for inspiration. When you pin or print your inspirational photos write a caption with description of which feature you loved about your dress.

2. Have a budget in mind for both your dress and alterations.

While we include alterations in custom dresses for our local clients, if you are long distance you will need a separate budget for alterations local to you.

3. Trust the process!

Once you’ve booked your custom wedding dress, trust the process! It’s so hard to wait, but just like in the shop, all good things take time. Gown production can take 6-9 months.

4. Select shoes of the same height before your try on.

While you might not have the right vision for your accessories, shoes are the most important for a first fitting. Be sure to check return policies with the boutique you order from.

5. Have a selection of undergarment options ready for try on.

We have a selection undergarments we can special order for you. Be sure to inquire this at your time of measurements and fabric selection. Most cases dresses are created with enough support to avoid the need for undergarments. However, it is important to keep this option in mind.

We hope this helps you with your custom wedding dress design process! As always, feel free to reach out via text if you have any questions: 208-696-1155

Best,

Brittanie

-The Bridal Tailor

Wedding Dress Alterations: Tips & Timeline

Hello! You deserve to have a dress that fits perfectly, and I’m here to tell you it’s totally possible. Here is your wedding dress timeline, if you are not in alignment with this timeline, shoot me a message and I’d love to help you make a new game plan to ensure the perfect fit!

Custom Wedding Dress Timeline

  • 12-8 Months: Sketches and fabric samples.
  • 8-6 Months: Order your custom wedding dress.
  • 6-4 Months: Draping, sample pattern fittings.
  • 4-2 Months: Dress is made and ready for regular alteration fittings.
  • 4-6 weeks: At this time you should have your accessories & be planning you second or final fitting.
  • 2-3 weeks: Your final fitting will be scheduled during this time as it insures the best fit for your wedding day.
  • Your wedding week: If you have requested your dress be steamed, you will have a scheduled pick up during this week.
  • Keep in mind the number of fittings is dependent upon the style of dress you choose.
  • We accept bookings all across the Pacific Northwest, specifically serving Walla Walla, Boise, and La Grande. Dresses are made to the closest fit and our seamstresses are available to travel to you.

Wedding Dress Alterations Timeline

  • 12-8 weeks: Dress has arrived and is ready for regular alteration fittings.
  • 4-6 weeks: At this time you should have your accessories & be planning you second or final fitting.
  • 2-3 weeks: Your final fitting will be scheduled during this time as it insures the best fit for your wedding day.
  • Your wedding week: If you have requested your dress be steamed, you will have a scheduled pick up during this week.
  • Keep in mind the number of fittings is dependent upon the style of dress you choose.

Wedding Dress Alterations: Tips

  • Always go the next size up! Your consultant might try to convince you to go the size that’s barely too small, but they may not know the structure of the dress.  It can’t hurt to go on the larger side if you are already having fit issues. This is especially true with fit n’ flare dresses.
  • Wear you shoes to your first appointment.  Be sure to bring the exact shoes you will be wearing when you walk down the isle.  Half an inch can make all the difference, so this is key.
  • Just bring you.  It’s important that your voice be heard in the way you want your dress to fit.    If you really want to show off your dress, bring someone close to you, someone who values your opinion.
  • Schedule your hair trial for the same day you have your final fitting.
  • Have someone else pick up your dress after it is steamed.  Have a bridesmaid, or family friend pick up your wedding dress.

If you have any further questions, or if you are looking for an estimate on your wedding dress alterations, please see our price list here.

-Britt