Mobile alterations service in Seattle, WA.
Where high end tailoring meets a one on one personal experience.
This website is to serve as an informative page for future clients. Please feel free to call or email at any time with further questions or appointment requests. You can also send me an email using the form at the bottom of this page.
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(308)380-1232 | email@example.com | @andra.bose.bridal.tailoring
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As of May 1st, 2018, my books are currently closed for any bride with a wedding date in June, July, or August of 2018. September and after is still open. Contact me with any questions or requests. I do want you to have your gown altered with someone you are excited about and trust and if I am that person, you may still be able to get on my books with an extra fee. Please just ask!
Where do fittings take place?
Right now I am a mobile service -- which means I come to you! Within 10 miles of downtown Seattle, I will travel to your home for the fittings for free. If you live outside of that area, you can come to my apartment in downtown Seattle or pay a travel fee.
I do fittings at Brides for a Cause in Seattle for brides that purchased their gowns there every Tuesday during their normal business hours of 10am-6pm.
Travel fee prices: (subject to change at any point)
0-10 miles of downtown Seattle: Free
11-20 miles: $25
21-30 miles: $50
over 30: subject to approval
How much do alterations cost?
I charged based on the combination of two things: 1.) The complexity of your gown. Unfortunately, not all gowns are put together with the alterations specialist in mind. Some are very easy to take apart while others are not. 2.) Each "task" that needs to be performed. For example, I will charge for taking it in, for the hem, for the bustle, for shortening straps, etc.
You will not be charged based on how many times we meet, but by each task that needs completed.
If you have questions, or would like a general estimate, you can email me a photo of you in your gown and I can give you an approximate price. If you'd like a consultation in person, I ask for a non-refundable $50 deposit that will be used toward your alteration fees.
When and how do I pay?
Payment is due once your gown is sewn and finished. I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Paying cash will save you 10%.
How do I get a price quote? / I want to set up a consultation before we do a fitting, how does this work?
Since I am a mobile service, I charge a $50 deposit for an in person consultation. This deposit goes towards your alteration fees, but is not refundable if you chose to go elsewhere. If you would like to avoid this fee you can email me a photo of your gown and a brief list of what you think you need done to it (taken in, hem, bustle, straps tightened, etc.) and I will give you a price range. We can also chat over the phone at any time about your gown and what the possible prices would be.
Most people opt to email me a photo but I am more than happy to do an in person consultation.
What do I need for my fittings?
To ensure your gown is sewn properly, you will need to have any undergarments or shoes you plan to wear with your gown. This may include a strapless bra, an adhesive bra (for backless or low back dresses), a crinoline slip, shape-wear, or it may mean nothing at all. If you are unsure, I'm happy to advise you at the first fitting.
I was told I could have bra cups sewn into my gown. How do those work?
I bring bra cups to every fitting for you to try on if you would like. They are wonderful things that help fill out and round the bust seams of a dress and are the best option for most, though not all, women. If you are someone that needs more lift, or would like more cleavage definition, then you will need a separate bra. Since bra cups are sewn into the dress and they aren't attached to your body (like a bra is), they don't support you in the same way. If you are unsure, we can try them at your first fitting to see if you like them. If they don't do what you are hoping, then you can find a bra by the time of your second appointment.
How many fittings will I have?
Usually there are 2-3 fittings, although there could be more. We will discuss a timeline for your fittings during your first appointment.
How soon do I need to start the alterations process?
I suggest doing your first fitting 2 months before your wedding, but don’t wait until 2 months to make your appointment—call early and get an appointment set up as soon as you can. By starting 2 months before your wedding we will have your second fitting 4-6 weeks later (2-4 weeks before your wedding) and this is typically when everything will be done. If any minor things need done at the second fitting, there will still be plenty of time to do them.
If you are wanting to start sooner that is absolutely fine, but still plan on getting your dress back within 2 months as I will not typically store a dress longer than that.
If you are losing weight or are pregnant, I understand that you will need your alterations started closer to your wedding date. I ask that you call ahead and get on my schedule so I don't get overbooked. It is never too early to call to get on my appointment book.
I need something sewn immediately, can you help with that?
Depending on how full my schedule is, sometimes I can take on a rush job. Please ask! The rush fees below are priced based on how quickly I need to sew your gown, not on how long you have until your wedding. For example, if your wedding is 6 weeks away, but you need it back 2 weeks before your wedding that will most likely incur a rush fee. Also I might not be able to get you in right away and that might incur a rush fee as well.
Rush fees: (subject to change at any point)
Sewn in less than 4 weeks: $100
Less than 2 weeks: $150+
I bought a sample (or preowned) dress and need a few things fixed. What is the charge?
I do minor fixes for free (with a minimum alterations fee of $100). This includes replacing a hook/eye, resewing a few tack points, tacking down lace that has come unstitched, repairing a small hole or rip (when it is repairable), resewing a button, trimming loose threads, and minor beadwork.
If something needs fixed that would necessitate me buying fabric, buttons, beads, etc. then there will be a fee. For example, several buttons are missing on the back of a gown and need replacing. Sometimes I can find matches to buttons, but most of the time designers use custom buttons that can be impossible to find so the best thing to do is to replace all of them so they match. This would be incur a fee. The same thing can be true if a lot of beads need replaced.
I bought a used wedding dress. Should I have it dry cleaned before or after alterations?
I usually recommend having a gown dry cleaned (when necessary) before starting your alterations. Although it is not common, sometimes dry cleaning can cause problems to a dress and having this happen BEFORE alterations means that I can fix them. For example, sometimes a lace overlay can shrink up and you don’t want to have already hemmed your dress then have it end up too short!
I attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Textiles and Apparel Design in 2011.
During college, I started working in the alterations room at David's Bridal. After four years there, I spent the next three years doing bridal alterations out of my house in Lincoln, Nebraska. In August, 2017, I moved my business to Seattle, WA.
To get to know me better, check out my Instagram page, @andra.bose.bridal.tailoring.
(For more reviews, please see my Facebook page. The reviews below were copy/pasted from an old Facebook page under a different business name.)
"Andra did an incredible job altering my dress. I had my dress custom made, but due to distance, I was not able to have any fittings with the seamstress. The dress came in almost perfect. I just needed a bit taken in at the hips, a slight hem, and a bustle added. Andra has a great eye for detail and didn’t hesitate to tackle my dress that had a lot of hand embroidery, sequins, and beading. Not only is she extremely talented, but her pricing is very reasonable and she has a beautiful studio! I highly recommend working with her." by Danielle, July 2016
"Andra did an awesome job altering my daughter's wedding dress! She is so professional and helpful and does a great job! Thanks for helping make my daughter's dress perfect for her wedding day!" by Theresa, Jan. 2016
"Andra has now altered both my daughter's wedding dresses and they were perfection. We love her! Her skills are exceptional, her manner is kind and caring. She is so accommodating, everything was easy and smooth. Never failed at any appointment, she also did the bridesmaid dresses and MOB dresses, all were as wonderful as she." by Deborah, Nov. 2015
"Great service by a professional and friendly individual." by Heather, June 2015
"Andra is absolutely amazing. She made my wedding day that much better and made me feel like a million bucks. Throughout the entire alteration process she knew and did the very best for me and my dress. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience. Andra truly cares about you as a bride and your dress. I didn't stress about my dress going down at least 10 sizes because Andra knows what she's doing and does it so well!" by Sandy, May 2014
"Andra is seriously so wonderful. She altered the dresses of all of my bridesmaids. One of them didn't need much, but the other 5 all needed major fixes. I cannot get over how amazing all of the girls looked. The dresses fitted like gloves! My ladies felt confident and great, and it helped them have an even better day by my side, which was so very important to me. Besides having done amazing work, she is an amazing person. She was available to meet up with my ladies, and even offered to come on the day of my wedding to make sure it was all perfect. She was so accommodating and obviously cared about my big day and how everyone looked." by Meghan, Sept. 2014
More reviews can be found on the Andra Bose Bridal Tailoring Facebook page. (Link below.)
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