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3 Tips for Getting a Prom Dress Altered  March 18, 2020

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3 Tips for Getting a Prom Dress Altered , New York, New York

It’s rare for a gown to fit perfectly right off the rack. With strategic alterations, though, you can elevate virtually any prom dress from pretty to absolutely stunning. If your child is looking for the perfect prom dress, follow these tips to help her end up with one that makes her feel confident and special. 

A Guide to Prom Dress Alteration

1. Buy a Size Up

When altering a gown, it’s simpler to cut away excess fabric than sew on additional material.

If the dress is too small, the tailor will have to find a fabric that matches the existing material’s color, weight, texture, and sheen. By purchasing a piece that may be a tad too large, you ensure the tailor has plenty to work with.

2. Have Ideas

A seasoned professional can fix a gown to fit your child’s vision. While the tailor will be more than happy to provide some recommendations, it’s worth going into the appointment with some idea of what you and your daughter want.

alterationIf the dress is strapless, for example, she may want to have cups sewn in so she doesn’t have to wear a bra. Hemming may also be in order for a long dress, so bring the heels she intends to wear to determine the proper length during the fitting. 

3. Schedule Early

Don't leave dress alterations to the last minute. Tailors get increasingly busy as prom season nears. Spring is also the start of the wedding season.

As soon as you find the right gown, schedule a fitting so the tailor has time to make the necessary alterations before the big night. 


For custom prom dress alterations, turn to Wo’s Tailoring in New York City. Conveniently located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this trusted tailor has been serving clients for more than 40 years. They do hemming, strap shortening or lengthening, and side adjustments. To view their work, visit their website. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 988-9889. 

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