"Before" photos are on the left, "after"  photos are on the right. 

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This is a great example of how you can improve upon a so-so fit and take it to the next level.  Many would be satisfied with the fit of the dress in the before picture, (left side).  It's really not that bad.  But when you look at the picture on the right, it's clear that having your dress customized to your form can produce fantastic results.   

This is a great example of how you can improve upon a so-so fit and take it to the next level.  Many would be satisfied with the fit of the dress in the before picture, (left side).  It's really not that bad.  But when you look at the picture on the right, it's clear that having your dress customized to your form can produce fantastic results.   

Is there a gap in the bust of your gown?  We can fix that! 

Is there a gap in the bust of your gown?  We can fix that! 

Sometimes the bust angle is too pointed. We can reduce that for you. 

Sometimes the bust angle is too pointed. We can reduce that for you. 

When you let out a gown, there is no bead work in the seam allowance.  This means you need a seamster who can do intricate beading. 

When you let out a gown, there is no bead work in the seam allowance.  This means you need a seamster who can do intricate beading. 

Wow!!! What a change!

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This is called a gusset.  Sometimes, when a gown is too small, we have to add a patch of fabric to fill the gap.  The picture on the left is after we have put in the gusset, but before we have beaded it to make it blend in.   The picture on the right, is after our work is complete and the dress is aisle ready.     

We took this dress down 6 sizes!

We took this dress down 6 sizes!

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We let this dress out 2 sizes.  

We let this dress out 2 sizes.  

What a change!

What a change!

We took this dress down a size, reshaped the busts, and added the sash. 

We took this dress down a size, reshaped the busts, and added the sash. 

Say "no" to square waists!

Say "no" to square waists!

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This is an example of what a lace-overlay dress looks like, mid-alteration.  We have to peel the lace back, take up the gown, and then hand stitch the lace back down according to the curvature of the bride's body.  The "Gilded Fit" doesn't happen by accident! 

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This dress had to be taken up everywhere!

This dress had to be taken up everywhere!

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We know the dress is too tight in the after pic, but she had a weight loss goal and we honored that by altering a little too tight.  

We know the dress is too tight in the after pic, but she had a weight loss goal and we honored that by altering a little too tight.  

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See the triangle of fabric in the side seam of the first picture?  That's a gusset that we custom matched to the gown.  It gives more room for the hips.   It still needed to be worked into the gown, design wise, so we added lots of embellishment to it.  Now, it not only blends in, but has improved the look of the gown.  

Caution:  The following pictures are so startling that they may cause you to fall from your chair!  These alterations are considered extreme.  They are not advised.  Technically, you should only alter up or down a size or two.  We are breaking rules.  But, hey, we are making dreams come true.  Whattaya gonna do if you happen to fall in love with a gown that is too big or too small?  Call The Thimble.  We're game if you are.  What do you have to lose?  You can't wear it as it is, right? ;) 

Also note, in addition to the sizing down, we added modesty features to the bodice.  The extra beadwork and sheer fabric raised the bustline to make it much more modest.  

We still had some tacking to do on the ruching under one arm of this one, but you get the point, my dear.  ;) :) 

Typically we would have beaded the gusset strip down the side to match the rest of the gown, but we had time restraints.  She was getting married that weekend and had traveled down from Jersey for us to fit her gown to her.