Couture ALTERATIONS & MORE!

Based in michigan

You’re looking for the perfect seamstress for your bridal alterations. Let’s get started!

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Bridal gown

client love

"My bustle that she created was flawless and allowed me to dance all night long. Could not recommend her enough!"

VICTORIA, 2021

ready to book?

three things to expect:

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Schedule your first and second fittings online. Get your gown and shoes ready!

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Sarah will pin your dress at the first fitting!

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At the second fitting, you will try it on again and take it home!!

Book a fitting

Bought your dress? Ready for that perfect fit? You are in the right place!

Choosing your wedding dress is such a personal decision. You want to make sure it is perfectly designed and fit, just for you! Our process is very personalized and you can be assured you’ll be getting the very best because we believe every bride deserves a perfectly fitting gown!

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When should I schedule my bridal alterations fitting?

Ideal timing is about 6 weeks before the wedding (Sarah works on the dress for 3-4 weeks). Keep in mind Sarah opens up her calendar consistently 4 months out (just so she can finalize her personal calendar is all!)

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How much does Bridal Alterations cost?

As every dress and body is so different, Sarah charges per individual service and will communicates that pricing at the 1st fitting (which is no obligation). Payment is not due until the 2nd fitting! Most brides' alterations begin at $500+ in alterations, with lace/beading costing higher than non-embellished gowns.

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Can I do an alterations consultation?

Absolutely! You may book at sarahkolis.com. As this is in addition to the included 2 fittings for bridal alterations, there is a $75 charge for this additional appointment. All alterations services and a price quote will be discussed at this fitting! Keep in mind, this is optional!

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Can you steam my dress?

At your first fitting appointment, mention to Sarah that you would like the dress steamed! Veils may be steamed too and Sarah will package them up nicely for travel. If this is a destination event, it is best to package the dress nicely and steam it at the final location.

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Can I bring people with me to my fitting?

Of course! This is a special moment and Sarah encourages any family/friends to attend with you! However, try to keep it to a 2-car maximum if possible!

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Do you do modesty Build-ups?

Yes! These are for those brides wanting the high neck, added sleeves, and collar style for full modesty. These custom projects run at $800+ for the build-up.

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Do you do custom sleeves?

Yes! These begin at $350 for fully custom sleeves. Or for a less expensive option, purchase pre-made sleeves from your bridal boutique, David's Bridal, or Etsy! From there, Sarah can just sew them in!

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What do I need to bring with me to my fitting?

Dress and shoes are most important! Also bring any particular undergarments and accessories you wish to try on, and the veil too if you would like to have that steamed!

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How do I write a review?

Sarah would love a review! My page on The Knot, Wedding Wire, and/or Facebook would be fabulous!

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Can I bring my bridesmaid/mother/friend to have her dress altered too?

Of course, no prior notice needed if she is coming at the same time as you! Make sure she also has the dress and shoes!

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How long is the appointment?

Typically, 45 minutes for wedding gowns and 15 minutes for all other dresses.

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Can I tag @SarahKolisdesigns in my wedding photos on social media? 

Yes, please! You may tag @SarahKolisDesigns for any custom or alterations service, Sarah would love to re-post!

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I am pregnant, when should I schedule my alterations fitting?

Please mention this in the comments when booking your appointment. Three weeks before the event is safe but feel free to reach out to Sarah Kolis with any other concerns! 

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Can you do a rush job?

Of course! Schedule your fitting as soon as possible, or email hello@sarahkolis.com immediately! Sarah will do her best to fit you in as soon as possible!

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I live outside of Michigan, are there travel options?

Of course, Sarah would be happy to accommodate! Please reach out to discuss the options!

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I want to wear my mother’s wedding gown, can you alter it?

Of course, Sarah loves vintage restorations! She can alter to fit and/or change the style.

i get it...

Fitting your gown is exciting, but can also be stressful!

Don’t worry! Our process ensures you will feel confident in the choices you make when getting your gown altered. We’ll work with you by fitting suggestions while also listening to your personal concerns so you feel comfortable with the changes being made!

Perfect fit is more than just sewing, it is making your dream dress come true.

the Process

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step one: Book your fittings

Book your 1st and 2nd fittings here online. Bring your gown and shoes to your first fitting!

For alterations

our process

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step two: First fitting

Sarah will pin your dress and discuss all the alterations services necessary. Pricing will be discussed and finalized, but the payment is not due until the second fitting.

our process

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step three: final Fitting

You will try your gown on to make sure all alterations done are 100% perfect, then you will take your gown home!! Further alterations needed? Those will be done in 1 weeks time.

Ready for alterations?
Do you...

Have your gown and shoes ready?

Feel ready for that expert opinion?

Want your gown fit and customized just for YOU?!

if yes...then let’s get started!

client love

"Sarah is so great to work with. She’s talented, professional, very knowledgeable and her prices are great. She did my alterations for me and did them very quickly. If you have the chance to work with her, you will love it. Highly recommend."

sarah, 2020

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Term: bra cups

Women love these! These are nice and soft beige bra cups that are sewn directly on the inside of your dress for great shape and are also very comfortable.

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Term: bustier bra

Love these! Remember when people wore corsets in the old fashion days? I sell bustier bras that are the modern take on the old style corsets. The really lift the girls up and also define the waist. These are really great with strapless dresses, and often I even suggest having this bra sewn into your dress so it REALLY holds itself in place. You will never have to ‘pull up’ your dress throughout the night! Great posture is an added bonus!

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Term: bustline

the body circumference at the fullest level of your bust.

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Term: bustle

In modern-day terms, a bustle is a series of loops/ties/buttons that hook up the train of your dress after the ceremony so you can move about the reception easily. Your bridal party, mother, or close friend will need to be responsible for this and (ideally) even come with you to your last dress fitting appointment to learn how to attach it. A common misconception is that your wedding dress already came with a bustle, which is not the norm. You will be shown all the different styles that work with your gown at your fitting appointment!

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Term: hem

A hem is the activity of shortening the length of your dress. For most floor-length dresses, I hem so the dress just sweeps the floor. However, I will go shorter if you aspire more ease of movement. Keep in mind I will need you in your correct shoes to pin the dress properly so I suggest you bring them to every fitting appointment

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Term: hipline

The hipline is the body circumference at the fullest level of your hips.

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Term: hook and eye

These are VERY important and often overlooked. They are tiny metal products, one piece is a metal hook, and one piece is a metal loop that attach to each other. They are sewn on either side of the top of the zipper on every dress, it ensures the zipper will not unzip throughout the day!

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Term: "let-out"

This term I use to describe making your dress ‘larger’ at either the bustline, waistline, or hips, or all three! Hopefully, your dress has room in there for me to do so easily. Or, worst case, we add a little fabric strip in there. This is especially possible with dresses that have lace details as I can use the lace to overlap onto this fabric strip, ultimately making this alteration completely un-noticeable.

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Term: muslin

Cotton material often used in mock-ups for custom dresses. Muslin garment bags are also a great alternative if you are not having your dress professionally stored right away.

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Term: slip / crinoline

These words are often used interchangeably in the bridal industry. Some dresses come with a little netting or crinoline within the skirt of your dress itself. Sometimes, if we want to enlarge the skirt of your dress, we add a separate slip/crinoline. Often, designers create these dresses with the expectation that you add a separate slip/crinoline. Don’t be sorry for having to wear this separately, it is actually more comfortable that way!

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Term: take-in

This term I use to describe making your dress ‘smaller’ at either the bustline, waistline, or hips, or all three! This is something we do when your dress is too big and I do so at the side seams, evenly on both sides of your dress.
Tulle: The material your veil is made of! Can also be found in illusion tops and elsewhere on dresses. It is like a netting material made of either cotton, nylon, or even silk.

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Term: waistline

Separates the upper and lower parts of a garment. It is the smallest part of body circumference between the bustline and hip line.

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