FAQ's - Bridal Alterations

 

What is Studio ILKA? 

At Studio ILKA is a fashion and alterations studio. Our team of seamstresses are experts in bridal alterations on new wedding dresses, preloved bridal dresses, sale or sample dresses and vintage pieces. We have a design background and are able to problem solve to achieve the look you require with your outfit.

We are dedicated to achieving that bespoke fit that you desire. Whether you want your wedding dress taken in or let out, the hems taken up or a split added, we will make sure your bridal alterations flatter your shape and fit you beautifully. 

 

What alterations can be completed?

Bridal alterations, suit alterations and general alterations can be completed on plain, silk, lace, beaded embellishment, pleated or gathered fabric gowns, suits and clothing.

 

How many alteration fittings do I need?

Most clients attend 2-3 fittings are for bridal gowns. Each fitting goes for the duration of 30 - 45mins. 

 

How to book your fitting

Our online booking system allows you to book your 1st bridal alterations appointment with ease, by choosing the date and time that works for you. We advise you to book at least 8 weeks prior to your wedding to give our tailors plenty of time to complete the alterations. Our team will book you in for your next appointment when we see you in the studio. Click here to book your 1st fitting today

 

How much do bridal alterations cost?

The cost for bridal and wedding dress alterations depends on the style of dress, how it is made and the fit required. Many stores advise their brides to budget $1000 for alterations, and we find most alterations are between $700-1000+gst. 

 

Bridal alterations Quotes

We can provide rough quotes by emailing through photos of your wedding dress. Due to the wide variety of wedding dresses available, confirmed quotes can only be provided after seeing the dress in person and the fit required.  Fittings booked for quotes only are charged at $75+gst for the appointment, with the fee redeemable on your alterations within a 4 week period. 

 

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and cash.
No Amex or Diners.

 

Do you make veils and accessories?

Yes we make veils, belts, gloves and bridal accessories to order. We have samples available in store to try on, or feel free to email us with your inspiration. 

 

TERMINOLOGY

Bodice Reconstruction 

This is where our team of experts reconstruct the bodice of your wedding gown to create a bespoke fit for you. This may include, but is not limited to: taking in or letting out the bust and/or waist, contouring the neckline, re-shaping armholes, adjusting or altering bra cup inserts, and shaping the bust area.

 

Skirt Reconstruction

This is where our team of experts tailor the skirt of your wedding gown. This may include, but is not limited to: taking in the waist, both the high hip measurement and the hip measurement, tailoring the back of the dress to accentuate the bottom, or adding darts into the skirt waistline to create shape. 

 

Wedding Dress Hem adjustments

Our team will adjust straight hems, scalloped lace hems, hand rolled hems, beaded hems and tulle hems, to name a few. All adjusted hems are completed in the desired length and to the original design, so that the hem looks untouched. 

 

Neckline modifications 

This can include neckline reshaping, contouring to your bust, and neckline redesign, eg. lowering the back to the waist. 

 

Bustling 

A bustle is a functional alteration which keeps the train off the floor for you to dance the night away, free from having guests accidentally step on your wedding gown. We can create two types of bustles or a hand loop. An under-bustle and an over-bustle. Please note: depending on the style of dress, a bustle might not be achievable, but we are happy to discuss this at your fitting. 

 

Converting back bodice into a lace-up 

Is your dress too tight? Or do you love the look of a lace-up? Either way, our tailors can convert the back of your wedding dress into a lace-up. 

 

Straps and Sleeves 

We lengthen, shorten and offer custom straps or sleeves that can be created upon request. We also can create detachable sleeves to suit your dress.

 

Customisations

If you wish to change an element of your bridal gown, or you have a customisation in mind, we invite you to contact us via email with imagery of your gown and additional information about the customisation request. One of our team members will get in touch with you. 

 

Redesign 

We offer full gown redesign services. For this service, please email us at booking@weareilka.com.au  with imagery for your gown and what areas you want to be redesigned. For this process more time is ideal  for your wedding dress redesign, however short time frames can be accommodated.