Evening Dress
Hemming & Alteration

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Gown Remodelling Specialists

You’ve spent hours, days and perhaps even weeks to find the perfect dress. It is the colour and the style you were looking for, and the price you can afford. The only problem is that it is not fit perfectly so you will have 2 choices, to order a custom-made dress or you’ll have to hem your dress skirt or make some dress adjustments.

So where do you start?

Nadia Lef is here to make sure your dress is super comfortable and fits perfectly. We are experienced working with all the kind of dresses and provide remodelling & dress hemming on Maid of Honour Gowns, Homecoming Party Prom Dresses, Formal & Evening Gowns. 

To make sure the experience is clear and simple, please book an appointment with our dress expert. We provide a free consultation for our clients in Toronto (Etobicoke, North York), Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Woodbridge, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and other GTA regions.

Our store located at 5146 Dundas Street West Etobicoke, ON and we provide our clients with the highest quality evening dress hemming & remodelling services. Do not hesitate to contact us whether you’ve any questions.

Evening, Prom & Cocktail Dress Skirt Hemming

No matter how perfect the dress you’ve fallen in love with seems, evening & prom dress adjustments are almost a given. Whether your gown needs just simple dress hemming, a bustle added, or a whole remodelling. We are here and we will make sure it’s perfectly fitted, super comfortable, and party-ready. 

The ready-made formal, cocktail or prom dresses come in standard sizes and you will need straps or skirt hem. These 2 parts have extra length to accommodate a variety of height and shapes.

Even when the gown seems to fit close, there’s always a few things that you might need to fix in order to have a prom dress with a perfect fit.

Your dress hem should grazing the floor and give you the freedom to walk, dance, and mingle with other students without worrying.

When it comes to dress adjustments, a lot will depend on the time of year, the complexity of the dress and your requirements. During the summer season (May-August) it may take 3-6 weeks. On the other hand, during fall or winter, it can take anywhere from 3-5 days to a week.

For prom dresses, during the prom Season (May-June) it may take 1-3 weeks. If you start earlier, it will take anywhere from 2 to 7 days.

It is always good to have some extra time, so we can have a least 1 fitting in case something needs to be fixed.

The ideal drop-off time is at least one month before the special occasion, so you don’t have to wait until the last minute to take it to the tailor. This will help our alterations specialist to offer you the best fit, result and of course, experience.

When you come into your initial fitting appointment, there are several things you should bring with you. First of all, the shoes are essential in properly marking the hem.

Hair accessories, jewelry and undergarments you plan to wear (bra, slip, shapewear) on your special day, can also greatly impact the fit of your gown and will help you have a better idea of how everything looks together.

Our Tailor will do everything to make sure your gown fits perfectly. You should also take a close look at the fit and how the fabric falls and if something doesn’t feel right, speak up.

Be direct about how you envision your gown looking and feeling. If there are any significant changes you want to make, such as adding illusion lace sleeves or altering the neckline, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Whether your gown needs just simple hemming, shortening and lengthening, letting in and taking out, converting an older style into something more contemporary, a bustle & sleeves added, or a whole remodelling. The most common dress adjustment services are hemming, take in the bust or waist and shorten shoulder straps.

Hemming Dress Skirt

We provide this service to almost every customer that comes to visit us. Dresses come in different lengths and styles, so we need to hem them to achieve an ideal length. Especially the bridal gown hem is usually extra-long so it will also fit the taller customers.

Taking in/out on the hips and waist.

Sides are taken in when the gown needs to be adjusted to fit your body shape. In this case, we suggest you pick a dress that is a little bit bigger, as it is much easier and less expensive to take it in, rather than let it out. As everybody is unique so it is almost impossible to find a gown that would fit everyone. Take the gown in or out on the side seams is another common adjustment in order to achieve the perfect silhouette.


Shortening the Gown Straps

Usually, the straps are slightly longer, so they can fit more figures. In order to make it comfortable, we recommend adjusting the straps to ensure a perfect fit.


Other Gown Services we can provide

  • Taking in around the chest, so that the neckline won’t make a gutter when you look down.
  • Adding a waist to stay inside your gown and fits snug on your waist.
  • Open or close the neckline is a common dress remodelling that can make a big impact.
  • Restyling the back make the difference. It requires a fashion designing experience and eye to remodel the back. This is a bit more expensive service.
  • Altering the closure is another service that we can provide you. Just ask our Tailor what is possible!
    Adding sleeves or doing other special dress adjustments, will transform your gown to achieve the perfect fit and suit your individual preferences!

How much does it cost to have a Dress Hemmed or Restyled?

Below you can find all the dress adjustment services we provide whether you have a gown that you want to restyle, remodel or alter. Simply choose the part you want to adjust and find the detailed pricing. 

***Please note:
These are the starting prices and the total price will depend on how much work needs to be done and the complexity of the Prom, Evening or Formal dress. 
2) For dresses, such as gown for weddings, that have special fabrics or adornments such as beads, lace, tulle or crystals there are additional charge as the gown may require more extensive tailoring.

Close Vents in Skirt$20
Shorten Lining$20
Chiffon/Sheer Fabric (each Layer)$38
Plain (Shorten/Lengthen)$40
Reattach Original Hem on Skirt$45
By Hand or Bias (Shorten/Lengthen)$50
Velvet by Hand (Shorten/Lengthen)$50
Horse Hair (each layer)$58
Sequin (hand or machine)$60
Knit Hem Hand Crochet (Shorten/Lengthen)$70


Close Vents in Skirts$25
Shorten Lining$30
Shorten One Layer (Cut Only)$46
Encore full, A-line hem (Shorten/Lengthen)$65
Horse Hair (each layer)$68
Knit Hem Hand Crochet (Shorten/Lengthen)$90
Sequin (hand or machine)$118
Formal 3+ Layers/Horse hair/Crinoline$160
Close Vents in Skirts$30
Shorten Lining$35
Formal 3+ Layers/Crinoline/Horse hair$220
Shorten Lining$10
Close Vents in Skirts$18
Reshape Regular Fabric 1-2 Panels$56
Reshape Chiffon/Shear 1-2 Panels $65
Reshape 5-11 Panels$134
Spaghetti Straps- Shorten$20
Shorten Wide Straps$24
Raise Shoulders (Sleeveless) with Details$42
Narrow Shoulders Plain (Reset Sleeve)$57
Raise Shoulders (Adjust Sleeve & Neckline)$76
Add or Take In Darts$16
Center Seam w/o Zipper- In/Out$27
Sides Plain w/o pockets w/o thru armhole- In/Out$30
Bodice Seams (includes princess seams)$34
Sides with Waist Seam (Dress)- In/Out$36
Center Seam with Zipper- In/Out$37
Sides w/o Pockets- In/Out$42
Add Boning $47
Zipper with Shirring, Gathers or Pleats $51
Sides Seam Thru Armholes- In/Out$54
Sides with Boning$60
Sides with Zipper- In/Out$62
Sides Reset Beaded- In/Out$80
Sides Partial Beaded- In/Out$86
Replace/Reset Beaded Center Seam with Zipper$114
Sides Full Beaded- In/Out$120
Sleeves Taper$25
Plain (Shorten/Lengthen)$30
Vented (Shorten/Lengthen)$40
Move Plackets (Shorten/Lengthen)$45
Shorten From Top (Reset Sleeves)$50
Beaded Replace (Up to 3 rows of beads)- Shorten$70
Elastic- Replace$18
Split Seam- In/Out$20
Darts at Waist or Waistband$26
Waist Add Fabric- Out$28
Waistband Cut & Create Center Seam$30
Thru Sides w/o Waistband- In/Out$32
Lower Half Waist$40
Remove Waistband- In/Out$46
Lower Full Waist$60
Add Padding/Bra Cups/Bra$20
Lingerie Straps$20
Bra Cups$20
Bustle for Train (1-3 Loops)$30
Re-Attach Piping $34
Replace Zipper$34
Reline Skirt$49
Reversible Hem $64
Double Faced Fabric$107

Free consultation 

Our goal is to achieve the perfect result for your special day, so everything has to be perfect.

Our Tailor will help you decide which adjustments will work best without compromising the style of your dress. Pricing varies based on how much work needs to be done and the complexity of the Evening, Formal or prom dress alterations.

All the Gowns are constructed differently, and some styles and materials are just naturally easier to alter than others.

It is hard to give you an estimated price, only by looking at the photos. There are many parts on the dress, so altering one may affect another part.

To provide you with an accurate price, we offer a free consultation. After you try the dress, we can see exactly the alterations that should be done and recommend to you how we can transform your piece.

Are you ready to Restyle, Remodel or Hem your Dress?

Our store located in Etobicoke and we serve our customers in Toronto, Mississauga, Woodbridge and North York

Do not hesitate to contact us whether you have any questions about our alteration services, whether you want to alter your Prom, Formal or Evening Gown. You can also learn more about our men’s clothing alterations services.

If you are still not sure, you can check our reviews below and see what our customers saying about our dress repair services quality, pricing and the final result.

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You can book a FREE in-person consultation. This way, we can better advise you and make sure the final result fits you perfectly. 

Elena R.

I had bought a formal dress that needed to be hemmed and needed it fast! I was unsure about asking Nadia to do this for me with such short notice. However, she was more than willing to do so! I cannot express how grateful I am to her for doing this for me. She is extremely talented at what she does. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to get their clothes tailored. Will be coming back with any future needs.
Formal Dress Restyling

Michelle L.

Super happy about how my long formal dress turned out. I needed to get a dress ordered online altered and Nadia knew exactly what to do with it. She even transformed the back of the dress into a more flattering mermaid style dress which was probably difficult given the entire outer layer is lace. The dress looks great and I’ll definitely be going back

Kimberly W.

...was so great fixing my daughters prom dress with such short notice. A true professional
dress neckline restyling

Sandra M.

Nadia is amazing. Professional, highly skilled, pleasant, warm and friendly, responsive, upbeat and just an all around pleasure to deal with. Don't waste your time elsewhere. (*Dress neckline alteration)
Dress Top Remodelling

Annette T.

I found Nadia via a google search as I live in Etobicoke. I bought an outfit and wanted the top part (an attached blouse) completely taken off and a new top designed. It was a very expensive dress and I was naturally very worried to let someone recreate it. A big ask! Nadia took time & patience and created this beautiful lined off the shoulder top which has a body to it and is completely lined and fits superbly. She took the skirt up and created a waistband too....immaculate work. I had three appointments and am pleased to say I am delighted with her professionalism and perfection ....she certainly knows what she is doing and I intend taking other work to her. I am just thrilled with the end result. She understood my needs straight away and nothing was too much trouble for her ....she’s a great listener. A rare quality. Her prices are super reasonable and she is such a lovely person to work with. I am mire than happy to recommend her for your special outfit. I have total confidence in her skills and work. Thank you Nadia. You are a wonder. Looking forward to working with you again. The last picture is the original dress ....I just thought the blouse was too informal for what I wanted. This was big ask! Again .....well done Nadia.
Evening Gown Remodelling


...the dress turned out beautiful and exactly how I wanted it to be. I will definitely be coming back for anything I need to be made or altered!

Dress Repair Frequently Asked Questions

I have several dresses that need to be hemmed. I am hoping to get your professional opinion on if it’s actually possible/will look good.

Dress Hemming is our specialty and all the dresses will look great, so you don’t have to worry about that.

I am looking for a tailor to make a few adjustments on a dress that I am wearing to a formal event that I will be attending. Can you help me?

Of course, you can book a free consultation online and choose the day and time that works best for you. Our store is located in Etobicoke and the consultation session is free of charge.

I have a gala next Thursday evening but my dress won’t arrive until Monday evening. Is there any way to do a 24-hour alteration?

We will do our best in order to finish it on time. Of course, it depends on the design and the alterations we need to do.

I’m looking to have my prom dress hemmed to a shorter length and taken in on the bottom for a better fitting silhouette shape. It’s a simple tight-fitting dress with one layer of fabric. How long would you need to complete the alterations?

In order to provide you with an accurate timeline, we need to see the prom dress on you. On average, it gonna take 1-2 weeks to complete it.

I am attending a gala and have to adjust my dress. I need to take it in so it is fitted more. Could you let me know the price range based on the photos I sent you?

In order to provide you with a price, we have to see the dress on you and see exactly the alterations that should be done. There are many details, such as body shape and fabric, that unfortunately, we can’t see by the photos. As for prices and quality in general, you can check our previous reviews.