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Wedding Dress Alterations Toronto ☑️ Bridal Alterations

Book your free bridal consultation today and ensure a perfect fit for your special day with our expert wedding dress alteration services in Toronto.

Top Rated Bridal Alterations Shop in Toronto

Congratulations! You’ve found your dream bridal gown. Now it’s time to schedule your wedding dress alterations to ensure it perfectly fits your body and style.

We strive to make every bride look and feel beautiful and our primary goal is to ensure that your wedding dress fits flawlessly. Our in-house bridal tailors pay close attention to each bride’s unique body shape, ensuring your gown fits perfectly, enhances your appearance, and boosts your confidence.

Our Wedding Dress Alteration Services

From the moment you step into our shop, you’ll receive personalized attention and expert advice. We take the time to understand your vision and address every detail, from adjusting the hem to perfecting the bodice. Below are the services we provide to make sure your dress fits perfectly:

Wedding sleeves alterations  

Wedding dress bust alteration 

Adding & shorten straps

Bridal skirt Alterations

Wedding darts

Sew in bra cups and inserts

Wedding zipper replacement

Bodice sides alteration

Side seam alteration

Gown waist alteration

Wedding Dress Hemming

Gown neckline alterations

Wedding dress buttons

Wedding dress bustle 

Bridal Gown remodeling

Bridal Alterations Cost

How much do wedding dress alterations cost in Toronto?

NLefashion’s wedding dress alterations in Toronto typically cost between $150 and $700+ and the price can vary depending on the complexity of the alterations. Simple alterations like hemming or adjusting straps are on the lower end, while significant customizations can be more expensive.

Below you can find the list of our starting prices for each service.

Wedding Dress Alterations Cost in Toronto
ServicePrice Range
Attach bra cups to wedding dress$50-75
Resize bridal gown bust line$100-175+
Adjust wedding gown bodice darts$50-95+
Alter bridal bodice sides$130-195+
Change the center back zipper on a wedding dress $95-175+
ServicePrice Range
Add wrist loops for the wedding dress train$40-75+
Add 1-10 bustle attachments to the bridal gown$85-130+
Add 11 or more bustle attachments to the bridal gown$145-175+
ServicePrice Range
Adjust/Create bridal spaghetti straps$35-95+
Raise shoulders on sleeveless wedding dress$60-145+
Hem bridal gown sleeves$35-95+
Taper wedding gown sleeves$45-75+
Shorten wedding gown sleeves from the top$95-195+
ServicePrice Range
Remove the wedding dress train$110-150+
Straighten & shorten bridal skirt$175-330+
Shorten the full bridal skirt$285-435+
Adjust wedding dress seams (in/out)$85-185+
Shorten the bridal skirt in two areas (waist & bottom)$495+
ServicePrice Range
Remove or alter bridal crinoline$35-50+
Open/close slits on wedding dress$45-75+
Shorten/attach/detach bridal belt$45-65+
Add non-functional buttons to the zipper (up to 25)$75+

***Please note: These are the starting prices and the final price will depend on the complexity of the bridal gown. Wedding Gowns have special fabrics or adornments such as beads, lace, tulle or crystals and may require more extensive tailoring.

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

Everything You Need To Know About Your Wedding Dress Alterations in Toronto

As a general rule, it usually takes 3-6 weeks to alter a bridal gown, but it can vary depending on the service and how many dresses we have in our queue. For more complicated projects we might need more time, so you should aim to have your bridal alteration appointment at least six weeks before your wedding date.

Timing is key when it comes to wedding dress alterations and this timeframe gives us enough time for multiple fittings and any necessary adjustments.

Your wedding dress shouldn’t be a source of stress, so it is always better to allow plenty of time for your wedding dress alterations!

Every fitting session takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour and ideally, 2-3 wedding fittings are enough to achieve the desired fit of your wedding dress and .

Of course, the number of fittings depends on the dress and whether you require basic tweaks or major remodeling. For plain wedding dresses, we usually need 2 fittings and for more complex gowns 3 fittings

The standard flow of wedding dress fittings is as follows:

Initial Consultation: The alteration process begins with an initial consultation. During this appointment, we discuss your vision, take precise measurements, and assess the necessary alterations. You will try on the dress, and our seamstress will pin and mark the areas that need alteration. 

Subsequent Fittings: Each fitting allows us to make fine adjustments and ensure the dress is shaping up as desired. We pay close attention to every detail, ensuring that each modification enhances the dress’s fit and style.

Final Fitting and Pick Up: The final fitting is where you see the transformed dress in its full glory. You will try your bridal gown on to make sure you’re 100% happy and if there aren’t any adjustments needed, you will take your wedding gown home!

In general, it is always better to have a wedding dress that is a few sizes bigger than a smaller one. Wedding dresses can usually be altered up to 2-3 sizes smaller or one size larger.

This range will allow us to make the necessary adjustments to make it fit perfectly, while still ensuring that the dress retains its original look and quality.

However, it’s important to note that the extent of alterations may also depend on factors such as the dress’s original construction, design details, and the type of fabric used. Therefore, it is crucial to consult our skilled bridal tailors in Etobicoke, who can assess the dress and provide expert guidance on the feasible alterations to achieve the perfect fit for your wedding day.

When you come to your initial fitting, there are several things you should bring with you such as shoes to properly mark the hem and anything else that you plan to wear on your special day and that can greatly impact the fit of your dress, such as the undergarments (bra, cups, slip, corsets).

Our wedding tailor will do everything to make sure your gown fits perfectly, but you should also take a close look at the fit and how the fabric falls.

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, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Finally, if you feel more comfortable bringing a member of the bridal party or your mother with you, then you are more than welcome to do so.

Hem Adjustments

One of the most common alterations is adjusting the hem of the wedding dress. Since wedding dresses come in standard lengths that rarely match a bride’s height perfectly, hemming is essential. This alteration ensures the dress doesn’t drag on the ground, preventing potential damage and allowing the bride to walk comfortably.

Types of Hemming:

Straight Hem: Suitable for simpler dresses without intricate lace or beadwork at the bottom.

Layered Hem: Required for dresses with multiple layers, such as tulle or organza.

Decorative Hem: For gowns with lace or embellishments at the hemline, the tailor must carefully remove and reattach these details after adjusting the length.

 

Taking In or Letting Out the Sides

Another frequent alteration involves taking in or letting out the sides of the dress to ensure a perfect fit around the bust, waist, and hips. This alteration is crucial for achieving the desired silhouette and comfort.

Seam Allowance: The amount of extra fabric inside the seams determines how much the dress can be let out.

Fabric Type: Some fabrics, like satin or silk, are easier to alter than others, such as lace or heavily beaded materials.

 

Adjusting the Bust

Perfecting the fit around the bust area is essential for both comfort and aesthetics. Bust adjustments can include taking in the sides, adding or removing padding, or adjusting the cup size.

Common Adjustments:

Taking In the Bust: For a more snug fit.

Adding Cups or Padding: To enhance shape and support.

Adjusting Straps or Neckline: To ensure everything stays in place.

 

 Strap and Sleeve Adjustments

For dresses with straps or sleeves, alterations might be needed to ensure they fit well and stay in place without digging into the skin or slipping off.

Types of Adjustments:

Shortening or Lengthening Straps: To prevent them from slipping off the shoulders.

Altering Sleeve Length: Adjustments might be necessary to properly fit long sleeves.

 

Adding a Bustle

Adding a bustle allows the train to be lifted off the ground and secured, making it easier for the bride to move around and dance.

Bustle Types:

Over-Bustle (American Bustle): The train is lifted over the skirt and attached at several points.

Under-Bustle (French Bustle): The train is tucked under the skirt and secured from underneath.

 

Waistline Alterations

The waistline is a critical area for achieving a flattering fit. Alterations here can significantly affect how the dress looks and feels.

Techniques:

Taking In or Letting Out: Adjust the dress at the waist for a more tailored fit.

Adding Boning: For extra structure and support, especially in strapless dresses.

 

Lengthening or Shortening the Bodice

The bodice length should complement the bride’s torso. An ill-fitting bodice can lead to discomfort and an unflattering appearance.

Adjustments:

Shortening the Bodice: For brides with shorter torsos, to avoid bunching fabric.

Lengthening the Bodice: For taller brides or those with longer torsos, to ensure a smooth fit.

 

Neckline Alterations

Altering the neckline can dramatically change the look of the dress, making it more personalized to the bride’s style and comfort level.

Types of Alterations:

Raising or Lowering: Adjusting the height of the neckline for modesty or a more dramatic look.

Reshaping: Changing the shape of the neckline (e.g., from a square to a sweetheart neckline).

 

Adding or Removing Details

Sometimes, brides wish to customize their dresses further by adding or removing certain details.

Customizations:

Adding Sleeves or Straps: For more coverage or style.

Removing Embellishments: Simplify the dress by removing beads, sequins, or lace.

Adding Appliques: Enhancing the dress with additional decorative elements.

 

Fixing Zippers and Closures

Ensuring that zippers, buttons, or other closures are functioning correctly is a vital part of the alteration process.

Types of Fixes:

Replacing Zippers: If the original zipper is faulty or doesn’t align properly.

Adjusting Button Placement: Ensuring buttons are securely attached and properly spaced.

 

Our goal is to achieve the perfect result, and our dress tailor will help you decide which adjustments will work best without compromising the style of your dress.

To make the bridal alterations process easier, we provide a FREE consultation with our wedding dress tailor in Toronto.

Our free consultation takes 15-20 minutes and we will have the chance to see the dress on you and provide you with an estimate. If you require pinning of the apparel, there is an additional fee that is waived if you decide to proceed with us.

  • Ball gown wedding dress
  • Mermaid dress
  • Trumpet dress
  • Sheath dress
  • A-line dress
  • Tea-length dress
  • Fit-and-flare dress
  • Column dress
  • Boho dress
  • Vintage dress
  • Maternity Wedding Dresses
 

As for the fabrics, we had the chance to work with:

  • Stretch Silk Satin
  • Grace Satin
  • Hail Spot Tulle
  • Charmeuse
  • Silk Chiffon
  • Organza
  • Tulle
  • Lace
  • Stretch Crepe
  • Pure Silk Crepe
  • Silk Georgette
  • Silk Satin Back Crepe
  • Silk Faille
  • Velvet
  • Silk Mikado
  • Silk Duchess Satin
  • Silk Zibeline
  • Neo-preen Scuba Fabrics
  • and more
 

Through the years, we have had the chance to alter wedding gowns from many different designers and from many bridal stores across Toronto such as:

  • Alex Perry
  • Alexandra Grecco
  • Alyne
  • Berta
  • Dan Jones
  • Elavonza
  • Enzoani
  • Essense Of Australia
  • Eva Lendel
  • Galia Lahav
  • Hayley Paige
  • Inbal Dror
  • Ines Di Santo
  • La Perle
  • Madi Lane
  • Madison James
  • Martina Liana
  • Mon Cheri
  • Monique Lhuillier
  • Mori Lee
  • Paloma Blanca
  • Pnina Tornai
  • Pronovias
  • Rime Arodaky
  • Romona Keveza
  • Rosa Clara
  • Rue De Seine
  • Savannah Miller
  • Sophia Tolli
  • Stella York
  • Theia
  • Vera Wang
  • Zac Posen
  • and more

Wedding alterations can be a complex process, especially when it comes to bridal gowns. Bridal gown alterations require a different approach than regular alterations due to the delicate fabrics, intricate beadwork or lace, and the importance of achieving the perfect fit for the bride.

Specialized Skills: Altering a wedding dress requires a high level of expertise. Seamstresses who specialize in bridal wear are skilled in handling delicate fabrics, intricate beading, and complex designs.

Time-Consuming Process: Wedding dress alterations are time-intensive and each adjustment, from hemming to restructuring bodices, takes hours of careful work to ensure the dress fits perfectly.

Multiple Fittings: Brides typically need several fittings to achieve the perfect fit. Each fitting involves adjustments and refinements, contributing to the overall cost.

Delicate Materials: Wedding dresses are often made from luxurious and delicate fabrics like silk, lace, and tulle. These materials require careful handling and precise work, which increases the cost of alterations.

Customization: Many brides request custom changes to their dresses, such as adding sleeves, changing necklines, or incorporating intricate details. These customizations require additional time and expertise.

Urgency: Brides who need last-minute alterations may face higher costs due to the rush and prioritization of their orders.

What Toronto Brides Say About Our Expertise and Their Experience

NLefashion, located at 5146 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON, is your go-to local tailor shop for expert wedding dress alterations.

 Our commitment to excellence in wedding dress alterations has earned us glowing reviews from countless satisfied brides. Don’t just take our word for it – see what brides from Toronto and the GTA who have worked with us have to say about their experiences!

Toronto Wedding Dress Alterations
Words cannot say how thankful I am to Nadia for all the alterations she's done for me and made it happen before the wedding day, especially during the high wedding season. I came to her last year to alter my wedding dress in so many ways and also alter the original engagement dress to wear for the wedding day as well. Thank you so much, Nadia.
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Victoria T
There are no words to describe how Nadia has made me feel. My wedding dress was not easy, it was beaded and she had to take it from size 10 to 00. She did an amazing job but not only that, she was so kind and wonderful. Highly recommend. She went above and beyond and I could not be more thankful.
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Joan
If you need someone to make you feel confident in what I would consider significant alterations/ design changes, I would look no further than NLefashion. I found Nadia based on Google reviews and for me, she exceeded every incredible word written. My wedding dress was purchased in a size 10 and she managed to take it down to a 4-6 without losing any design features from the original size. The entire bodice of the dress was basically reconstructed, and from each visit, my confidence grew. She does incredible work and I would recommend her highly to anyone who values expertise skill, superlative craftsmanship and professionalism.
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Alexandria
I had a very good experience with Nlefashion! I came with my wedding dress from another seamstress who put in the wrong size cups, didn’t finish the dress and left me to find a solution on my own. Nadia welcomed me with understanding and compassion about my wedding dress and just a week before the wedding, reassured me that my dress could be fixed and be functional for the wedding. The stress I had experienced elsewhere was gone within seconds of meeting Nadia and her gentle way of helping clients. The dress looked fantastic and was further fixed so that it was finally functional for the wedding. And of course, it was ready when I needed it with few days to spare. I’m extremely happy I found Nadia. Thank you for all your help and professionalism.
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Nina M
I visited Nadia in July after ordering a bridal dress online for my civil ceremony that needed last-minute alterations. Nadia took me in as a walk-in, at the last minute on a Friday afternoon. My dress needed the sides taken in and a shortened hem. Nadia also made other lovely suggestions such as adding cups to my dress for comfort. Nadia advised that even though she was already so busy altering other customer’s dresses in the peak of a very busy summer wedding season, she would also do mine for me as well. Not only did she alter my dress, she also altered it within my deadline of 2.5 weeks! When I picked up my dress and tried it on, I was extremely happy with the alterations and the dress fit like a glove. My experience with Nadia was 5 stars. I highly recommend Nadia to anyone who is looking for wedding dress alterations.
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Kirsty M
Nadia saved my wedding dress! I purchased an off-the-rack wedding dress from a local dress shop and had the alterations booked with their in-house seamstress. The dress was a few sizes too large but I was assured that it could be altered to my body. Unfortunately the result was nightmarish and left me in tears and panicking as I needed my dress finished in two weeks!

Nadia and her team were able to perform a miracle on my gown in less than the two weeks I had during the busy summer season. They fixed the previous seamstress’ mistakes and made the dress fit me like a glove. Everything that I was told “couldn’t be done” WAS done and looked even better than I could have imagined.

Nadia did the alterations on my mom’s dress for my wedding as well, and it was also perfect.

We couldn’t be more pleased and thankful that we had Nadia in our corner. She is talented and a real professional when it comes to what she does. I won’t be entrusting anyone else with my future alteration needs!!!!
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Sofia
My wedding planner recommended Nadia and she’s absolutely magical! My wedding dress does not fit me really well and she proposed several options and really listened to my concerns, and the result is phenomenal! Really good experience and she definitely smoothed the stressful wedding planning process. Highly recommended to brides who want to get their alterations done perfectly.
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Mengge Margot C.
My wedding dress had a very complicated train with multiple different layers and materials and Nadia created a very neat bustle! She's extremely talented and efficient with her work and does her best to complete it within a timeframe that works best for her client. I would 100% recommend her for bridal as well as other tailoring needs.
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Sheena B.
Such a wonderful experience, Nadia was absolutely amazing! She tailored my wedding dress so perfectly, better than I could imagine! Her eye for the little details is exactly what you need to bring it all together! Highly recommend!!!! Thanks for making my wedding dress even more perfect and feeling beautiful
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Courtney S.
Nadia has done a few alterations for me so when my wedding date came around, I decided for her to be the one making my wedding dress. Best decision ever! My dress fit me perfectly! The entire process was so easy and she made me feel very comfortable. I can’t recommend her service enough especially for those who have a specific vision but know they won’t be able to find the dress at a wedding dress boutique. Thank you again Nadia for making my dream wedding dress.
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Sandra B
I bought my wedding dress a year early and it was off the rack. I got pregnant and gave birth so the fitting of the gown went off. I brought it to NLefashion to have it altered and shortened and she fixed it. I went for the first fitting and I saw a big difference, the gown fitted perfectly and you cannot tell that it had been altered! And she even made me detachable sleeves. She is very professional and talented and a very nice person. I am very happy and thankful. I would and will recommend NLefashion Bridal Tailor Shop for all tailoring needs.
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Clarissa
Nadia was lovely to work with. She communicated what needed to be done clearly and helped my dress become the best possible fit. She was very responsive and answered all my questions in a timely manner. I would highly recommend her to any brides looking to achieve their dream look.
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Lisa C.
I had an absolutely amazing experience at NLefashion. Altering a wedding dress can be terrifying but myself and my dress were treated with the utmost care. The dress fits better than I could have imagined. If you need any fittings, you can trust these ladies 100000000 percent!
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Brittany P.
Found Nadia online through reviews and very happy with working with her. She was just as excited as I was to make some small modifications to my wedding dress. It was a seamless visits with her, all timed out perfectly! Great working with crepe and lace dress.
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Cassidy
I brought my wedding dress to Nadia and she was phenomenal. My dress had been altered at another bridal store, and they pretty much told me I couldn't do what I wanted to the dress. I came home, ready to accept that this was what my wedding dress would look like. My sister told me not to settle, and to go to her seamstress - Nadia. She fixed my sister's MOH dress! Right away, Nadia could tell the dress did not fit me properly! She not only made it fit to perfection, she added a stunning slit into my dress (something my former bridal shop told me I couldn't have). I was close to tears with happiness! I 100% recommend her - true talent and professional!
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Ashley
When I came to Nadia, I had small hopes for the dress to be fixed. It was delivered to me with the wrong cup size and was massive and angular. The dress has a very unique lace design too so that would require a lot of work to fix. I wouldn’t lie if I said I cried when I received the dress originally. Nadia and her helpers are wizards, I swear! Not only did they manage to make it perfect, and fix all the issues with the dress but they made great suggestions on how to improve the dress too. All that is also in a fairly strict timeline. I’m fully ready for my wedding now and I cannot be thankful enough to them!
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Margarita
Found Nadia on Google. Needed my wife's wedding dresses altered. It was, in my eyes, an impossible task… So many flowers and lace designs on it. She smashed it out of the park… Her alterations were absolutely perfect and my wife is extremely happy, so I am extremely happy. Very competitive pricing, polite, nice, experienced (she pointed out a couple of things we had no idea we were looking at), fast, professional, and flawless. Her space is cute, clean, and comfortable. Honestly… What else could you ask for? Need an alteration? Do not hesitate to contact Nadia. She is the one!
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Jeremy
I brought in my wedding dress for a handful of alterations that needed to be done (hemming, creating off-the-shoulder sleeves, closing a leg slit, etc...) and I am really pleased with the outcome. It looks like a whole new dress in the best way possible. The price is very reasonable for the quality of work done in a short period of time. Nadia's experience shows that she has a very good eye for making suggestions for the most flattering alterations. Her shop has a comfortable ambiance as well and is well worth the drive from downtown. This was my first experience with a seamstress and I'm so glad I chose Nadia.
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Rudi H.
I had to let out the waist and hip of my mermaid wedding gown. My dress had lace and patterns made with small pearl beads all over from the top to the middle of the thigh. She had to detach a lot of those around the seam area and re-install them and also had to extend the bead pattern to let out the seam. She made it flawlessly to get along with the original pattern. The adjusted size fits me just perfectly along my body while it’s comfortable enough to move in the gown. I liked that she spent enough time looking at the details of my gown and discussed with me the best way.
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Leslie C.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Nadia and her work! My wedding gown was beautiful to start, but after Nadia made it fit perfectly to my body and created bustles that were just incredible I could not be more in love with my wedding gown! She is so incredibly kind and talented! I highly recommend her to all upcoming brides. It can be very nerve-wracking to hand over your wedding gown to anyone – but with Nadia, you can trust that she will do a wonderful job at keeping to the original design and enhancing it to look perfect on your body! I will be coming back for any other alteration needs. Thank you so much Nadia
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Michelle B.
We had an emergency situation with four gowns that needed to be redesigned and tailored two weeks before a wedding! Nadia designed the perfect alterations for the dresses in order to fit our style, and then tailored them in record time, in time for the wedding. The girls were delighted with the final product, and they all looked absolutely gorgeous in their newly altered and fitted gowns; no one would even suspect that each gown had undergone major surgery to make it usable! It must be emphasized that Nadia is not just a seamstress – she is a talented designer with a deep and imaginative sense of style.
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Lev M.
Incredible communication, knowledge and just going above and beyond with suggestions how to make my wedding dress not only beautiful, but also comfortable. From the first moment you start speaking with Nadia, you realize that she is an expert. She makes suggestions that are contemporary, but her work is based on (the best) old school methods- without cutting corners. She has turned a $100 dress into a dream wedding dress for me. I am so thankful that I have run into her business while getting a massage next door.
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Eni P.
Would highly recommend her services she made my wedding gown perfect! My gown required many alterations and I emailed dozens of tailors. They all told me that what I wanted wasn’t possible to do, except Nadia! She was able to pull off every alteration that I asked for and more. Don’t bother reaching out to anyone else she is the best!
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Joanna M.
I came to NLefashion as a very stressed bride-to-be as my dress required the bodice to be reworked and the lace removed and replaced so that it would close. Luckily, she and her team were amazing and were able to reconstruct the bodice of my dress to make it fit better than I could ever have imagined. She was patient, and efficient and had a solution for anything that came up. I'm beyond grateful for all of the hard work that went into my dress and all of the others that she was working on at the time. I would definitely recommend NLefashion to anyone.
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Sarah G.

Brides across the GTA prefer our shop for their alteration needs, including:

Etobicoke

  • Alderwood
  • Clairville
  • East Mall
  • Eatonville
  • Eringate
  • Humber Bay
  • Humber Valley
  • Islington City Centre West
  • Kingsview
  • Kipling
  • Lakeshore
  • Markland Wood
  • Martin Grove
  • Mimico
  • Princess Gardens
  • Princess-Rosethorn
  • Richview
  • Royal York
  • Sherway Gardens
  • Sunnylea
  • The Kingsway
  • The Queensway
  • West Mall
  • Westmount
 

Toronto

  • Bridle Path
  • Casa Loma
  • Downtown Toronto
  • East York
  • Forest Hill
  • Lawrence Park
  • Leaside
  • Lytton Park
  • North York
  • Rosedale
  • Scarborough
  • St. Andrew
  • Summerhill
  • Toronto
  • Yonge-Eglinton
 

Greater Toronto Area

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