High-End Alterations

Your dress is not really yours until it has been tailored to your body and style. Shortening a hem, taking in the sides, shaping the waist – there are many things that we can do to enhance your dress and have it feeling just right.

We can make your dress your own by creating the perfect fit.

Our alteration services include bridal wear, luxury gowns, bridesmaids & mother of the bride, prom dresses and more!

The fitting and adjustments process usually takes a number of sessions, typically over a 6-8 week period. It is quite common for our clients to feel unsure or nervous about getting started, but most people start to relax quickly after the first consultation together. We really do everything we can to maintain a calm, friendly environment and have a large, private fitting room where you can get changed and get excited as you see things start to take shape in the mirror!

Our final prices will all depend on a few different factors, particularly with Bridal and Occasion wear which can vary substantially. We can typically give you an exact price following a successful fitting, and we have a good idea of how much work will be required.

Each of the girls looked and felt amazing and beautiful. We had some nervous bridesmaids but you made them feel wonderful.

Alteration Services

Below you will find a starting price guide for our most frequent alteration services.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or have something that needs doing not on this list!

Bridal Dresses

Take in/out through zipfrom £95.00
Take in/out on bodice (plain)from £85.00
Take in/out on bodice (detailed)from £95.00
Take in/out skirtfrom £55.00
Shorten straps/sleevesfrom £25.00
Shorten hem (plain)from £95.00
Shorten hem (detailed)from £150.00
Reshape neckline and underarmsfrom £35.00
Bustle ribbons (1 set/ 3 sets)£15.00 – £45.00
Narrow sleevesfrom £30.00
Make cap sleevesfrom £95.00
Add bust cupsfrom £35.00
Change zip to lacing upfrom £95.00
Make a bolero/jacketfrom £175.00
Make a sashfrom £45.00
Hoop underskirtsfrom £35.00
Wedding dress bagfrom £20.00

Formal Dresses

Sides in/outfrom £30.00
Take in/out back through zipfrom £45.00
Hemfrom £35.00
Strapsfrom £20.00
Taperskirtfrom £30.00
Lift shouldersfrom £25.00
Sleeves shortenfrom £15.00

Skirts & Dresses

Waist alteredfrom £20.00
Take in side seamsfrom £25.00
Hem – shortenfrom £25.00

Olivia, thank you for your first class service and putting in all the time & effort in sorting out our uniforms, wedding dress & outfits for us, plus putting up with all our last minute wardrobe malfunctions! I would thoroughly recommend your services.

Why Choose Olivia Van Der Horst?

  • Make the time to deliver a high level customer experience
  • A relaxed environment (incl. LGBT friendly), and will happily answer all of your questions
  • Thousands of previous alterations and adjustments
  • Honest pricing and pick-up estimate
Bride and bridesmaids with altered, fitting dresses


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Located inside H@ME & EAT,
Unit 3 4b,
Birchanger Industrial Estate,
Stansted Road,
Bishop’s Stortford
CM23 2TH

By appointment only.

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