There exists a common misconception that having a playful and colourful formal wardrobe is more difficult for plus-sized ladies.  This is not only untrue, but it also leads into the suggestion that only certain female body shapes can look beautiful.

Our bespoke tailors disagree with this.  We are here to assist you with alterations for your formal wardrobe.

Formal Fashion

The occasion to dress up – a ball, a wedding, an Executive Conference – is something we always look forward to.  At Exclusive Alterations, we embrace elegance, where form exudes beauty.

Your attire can be made bespoke or altered to fit your body perfectly.

It does not start and end in only one meeting, it is a counselling process that can go on for however long you want it to – resulting in a garment that nobody else could pull off successfully. It would be you, your body radiating beauty, in a place where you can use formality to embrace sophistication.

Dress Alterations

Altering a garment or turning it into something new for different events and seasons to suit your body and style is the perfect way to get your confidence back.  It is also a more affordable option for you, not to mention environmentally friendly.

If you need a consultation, or a few consultations, to get your look right for you, it is possible with the experts at Exclusive Alterations.

If you are in need of bridal gown alterations, or a custom suit, contact Exclusive Alterations today.

It is possible for brides to lose or gain weight before the big day, and stress can be a factor that contributes to weight gain.  It’s very normal for this to happen, and there are solutions to a bride’s dress not fitting her anymore.

We can make alterations to your wedding dress in time for your wedding day if it has become too tight. Make sure you arrange your fitting at least two weeks before your wedding and not to wait until the last minute.

  1. Release the Seams

On both side of the majority of wedding dresses, a seam allowance is around 1 inch.  The seams can be removed and re-stitched for a better-fitting dress.

Bridal gowns can be released by one dress size.  If your need is for your dress to be sized up only one size, this would the quickest and easiest way.

  • Lacing up a Zippered Corset 

Lacing up a zippered corset is one of the most reliable resolutions for you if you are concerned about your weight fluctuating before your wedding day. When we do this, we remove the zipper from your dress and replace it with loops that can be linked together with lace or ribbons.

If you gain a few pounds before the wedding ceremony, you are still able wear a lace-up corset dress since the ribbon length can be changed.

  • Using an Extra Piece of Fabric

At Exclusive Alterations, we can also an extra piece of fabric to the seam of the wedding gown to make it bigger. If you choose to do this strategy, the only challenge you’ll have is picking a material that suits your wedding dress perfectly.

How Can You Tell whether a Dress Can Be Sized Up?

A quick way to test if your wedding dress can be sized up, is to turn it inside out. A tape measure can determine how much fabric you have left after sewing a seam.

Many wedding dresses and formal garments have a large seam allowance, and it is entirely impossible to let out the seams if your seam allowance is smaller than 1/4′′. The decision is ultimately up to you, and you will have to weigh the alternatives.

To determine whether or not your dress has to be let out, think about how the dress should fit first, especially if you have opted for a sleeveless dress, you need to make sure that it fits tight enough so it doesn’t fall down.

Brides are often dissatisfied with the fit of their gown when they first put it on, but after a few hours, they no longer pay attention to it. Having never worn a wedding dress before, you may feel a bit uncomfortable at first.

So, you have found the wedding gown of your dreams, you have invited all of your friends to the dress fitting, only to find that the dress you have been daydreaming about is too tight around your rib cage and that the bust is too tight. You can’t breathe, and all hope you had of a fairytale wedding is now out the window.

Not so fast!  We have good news – you can make the dress a bit larger to fit your body perfectly.

The experts at Exclusive Alterations are here to guide you and give you some advice.  Whether your dress isn’t fitting due to unexpected weight gain, or simply because you are bloated, we have some recommendations.

How to Let Out a Wedding Dress

Most wedding dresses have a seam allowance of about 1 inch on each side. That is why it is possible to undo and reattach the seams to expand the dress.

Do not try to alter your dress yourself, as this will only cause more stress and embarrassment to you, something that a bride definitely does not need. You have to make sure to measure the dress first, then take it to a tailor or seamstress.

First, you have measure your bust area. If it is too tight in the bust area, then you will need to take two measurements – one around the bust and one around the waist. Note down the difference between the two measurements and subtract the first measurement from the second.

Once the measurements are done, you may start with the alterations.  

If it is the seams on your wedding gown that are too tight, you can consider releasing them. Your seamstress will need to remove the stitching on both lateral seams (that is the seams under the arms) to make your dress wider.  The larger the alteration, the more time it will take to do, and this is something to

Zipper Extender or Corset Back Wedding Dress Alteration 

Furthermore, your seamstress or tailor can opt to add a zipper extension to the back of your dress.

A corset back might be the best idea if you don’t have enough seam allowance to make the dress bigger. A panel of material and a few corset loops can effortlessly be added by your tailor once the zipper has been removed.

For the finishing touch, your seamstress may add an additional piece of material taken from the bottom of your gown to the inner seams below your arms.

A gusset is a rectangular piece of material that is put into a seam to give width or lessen the tension of tight dresses. 

Your bridal gown is one of the most important pieces of apparel that you will ever buy.  It signifies the day that you are joining your life with someone else’s, which is pretty big thing.

However, many brides often do not consider their lingerie for their wedding day. 

Improper underwear might detract from your dress and your look on your big day, and whilst it isn’t as fun as finding and fitting your perfect wedding dress, it should still be on your list of to do’s.  The last thing that you want to see are noticeable straps, wrinkles, or bumps.

Here are some tips to consider when shopping for your bridal lingerie.

Purchase your Dress First

At Excusive Alterations we recommend choosing your perfect gown first and then finding the perfect undergarments. Take a selection of underwear with you while fitting wedding dresses so that you can have a good idea of what would work best.

Use your fitting appointment to decide what sort of lingerie suits you and your body best, and make sure that you are comfortable in it. When you see the gown on your body and know what alterations need to be made, you will understand more about what sort of base undergarments you need.

After this, schedule a meeting with the lingerie retailer. Remember to snap a few pictures of your wedding gown to show them. In most cases, you won’t need to bring your actual gown.

Bridal Underwear

The type of lingerie that you should purchase is always dependent on the type of wedding gown tha t you choose. Consider your bridal underwear alternatives in three main categories: shapewear, classic, and seamless.

Shapewear

Dresses that draw attention to specific body parts may require appropriate shapewear. Bridal underwear should only fit your body like a glove as well as fit with your style. As a result, the Exclusive Alterations experts recommend a nude colour that complements your skin tone.

Fortunately, there are more attractive alternatives for shapewear, so there is no need for you to settle for nude-coloured cycling shorts.

Classic

Brides-to-be can experiment with their wedding lingerie by wearing larger or thicker-fabric dresses. If the bride has room under her gown, we advise her to express herself and opt for something that makes her feel fantastic.

Seamless

Slim-fitting dresses or dresses made from a single piece of fabric often require underwear that is flat and smooth against your skin.  A nude-coloured thong is appropriate, but brides should not feel limited to one option. 

In most cases, a bride-to-be can opt to wear a plain lace thong without issue, just make sure it’s made of seamless flat lace.

Slimming Lingerie 

Waist contour undergarments are a popular item amongst brides searching for bridal lingerie that match their gown. It is the perfect solution if you feel confident about other areas of your body, but want something that will allow you to eat your meals while still remaining relaxed. You may choose to wear your slimming underwear with a corset or waist-cinching undergarments.

Corset Shapewear

It is hard to hide a corset under most textiles, but shapewear with waist control gives the same effect without the effort of attempting to conceal your underwear. Instead of a bra, consider donning a bodysuit. A bodysuit under your wedding gown will give full coverage and, depending on the level of control provided, can tighten your waist similarly to a corset.  

Finding the Right Bra

We recommend that our brides wear their dresses braless. It is better to have cups stitched in, or go fully cup-free.

Experts at Exclusive Alterations will assist you in choosing the right accessories and underwear for your bridal dress.

Your choice of sleeves for your wedding dress is one that determines the style of your big day. It is also determined by the season in which you are getting married, as no bride wants to be freezing on the day where she demands all the attention.

There are four different types of sleeves: long, quarter, cap, and short. Each type brings a certain flair to the day. Take a look at the options below before you finalise your choice.

1) Cap Sleeves Wedding Dress

Regardless of your dress’ length or design, cap sleeves are easily recognisable by the manner in which they cover your shoulders’ natural contours. The common style is small, rounded sleeves that are attached to the top of your dress, but do not go past your elbows.

These types of sleeves are ideal for brides who want to lend an air of femininity to their look without their arms looking bare or exposed, especially during the winter months, and also fabricates a slimming effect on the upper body.

Dresses with cap sleeves are normally made from chiffon, which is a lightweight fabric that allows for airflow, keeping the bride cool throughout the day. It’s also very flattering; your curves are highlighted without leaving too much skin exposed.

Cap sleeves look good with more informal styled wedding dresses, but they also look stylish with more traditionally styled wedding gowns.

2) Short Sleeves Wedding Dress

Seeing short sleeves is more common than cap sleeves due to their length. Short sleeves are longer than cap sleeves and end at the elbow. This type of sleeve provides the bride extra coverage and some modesty.

Short sleeves do come in various styles, but are more often than not flat and form-fitting.

Short sleeves look the best with dresses that flow straight down.

3) Three Quarter Sleeve Wedding Gown

These sleeves normally extend past your wrist and elbow, giving your wedding gown an elegant and traditional style.

This style of sleeve is a popular choice for modern brides. It can be worn with a V-neck sleeveless dress, or a strapless mermaid dress.

4) Long Sleeve Wedding Gown

This is a classic and timeless choice, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t be modernised. Long sleeves are ideal for winter weddings, as they will keep you warm, but it also gives the dress a flirty touch of flesh below. Long sleeves look great with a floating dress.

Numerous brides opt for long sleeves over short and sleeveless styles, due to the fact that they offer more coverage as well as options for adornment.

The ultimate choice of sleeve is up the bride’s personal taste.

The expert team at Exclusive Alterations will work with you to create a wedding gown that showcases your style and preferences. We will also give recommendations on details like embellishments, patterns, fabrics, and colours to make your wedding dress stand out.

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After the bride has chosen the wedding dress of her dreams, the next choice is the wedding veil. It is the final touch, the one that will complete the look.

Here are the five most popular types of long wedding veils for traditional church wedding ceremonies.

1. The Church Veil

Also known as the chapel or the congregational veil, this classic piece simply oozes with elegance. They are a bit shorter than cathedral veils, so they are normally worn by ladies who want to have the appearance of a trail without really having one. It’s popular amongst boho brides.

2. Fingertip Veil

This type of veil looks good with almost every kind of dress, which is why it is a popular option for brides. It isn’t as long as the church veil, and only reaches the end of your fingertips, hence the name.

It also looks stylish when paired with floral dresses or crystal hairpins.

3. The Cathedral Veil

This type of veil is the longest option available, giving the bride wearing this a regal look.

A cathedral veil can be embellished with lace around the edges for depth and density in order to preserve its shape when one walks down the aisle.

4. Waltz Veil

Also known as the ballerina veil or the ankle-length veil, a waltz veil is shorter than a cathedral veil. It is referred to as the ballerina and waltz veil, because it comes from a period where the brides’ dance was a very important element of the wedding.

Due to this veil being lighter than the others, a bride may wear it from the ceremony to the banquet without fear of tripping.

5. Mantilla Veil

Also known as a Spanish veil, this veil is a one-tiered veil that loans a traditional touch to your perfect wedding dress. Made from either lace or lace-edged Organza, the veil has a thick border and embellishments running down the front.

At Exclusive Alterations we offer a broad variety of bridal veil alterations, from reducing the length to increasing volume and adjusting the veil to the design of your dress.

Every bride has a vague idea of what her ideal wedding dress hem looks like.  It’s ultimately up to personal taste, but there are some styles and ideas that are popular.  The perfect hem should be only slightly touching the floor; this ensure that you do not trip or stumble when in your gown.

Here are some frequently asked questions on wedding dress hems.

Will my shoes be visible once my dress has been hemmed?

This depends on the shape of your wedding dress.  In the majority of case, you will not be able to see your shoes when standing erect.  You should only see them when you take a step.

Will my train be cut off when my dress is hemmed?

There is no need to trim any fabric from your train unless that is what you want. The front hem will have a small amount of material cut off when it is tailored in order to finish the front hem.

What if I go from high heels to flats for my wedding reception?

Flat shoes are increasingly popular in the modern times.  However, you need to remember that hemming will here be the most difficult part.  It is advised that the bride wears shoes with the same heel heigh during her big day.  You can choose whether or not to wear flats or heels all day.  Going from heels to flat will mean that your dress will be too long during the ceremony and the festivities.

Going from flats to heels will have the opposite effect – switching to heels for the banquet will give you more freedom to dance, but your shoes will be visible.

The front border of the longest side should be one inch off the floor, to give the bride enough room to walk without fear of falling or stumbling.

How do tailors at Scorpio Atelier hem a dress with lace or beaded hem?

Our professional team knows how to uplift beading and lace trim on the bottom of the dress.  After lace and beading are remove, the dress is hemmed and fabric is replaced. It is time-consuming aspect of altering a wedding gown. 

Nearly every wedding gown can be hemmed, but it is vital to consult your tailor first, as some alterations might be more costly than others.

Donning your dream wedding gown only to find that it is too big for you, might be frustrating and disappointing.  However, there are options on what you can do to make sure you not only wear the dress of your dreams, but also look like a dream.

Bust Alterations 

Safety pins usually do the trick when it comes to bust alterations.  A little cutting here and there might also be necessary.  Experts at Exclusive Alterations are careful with the dimensions, making sure that your dress doesn’t end up being too small.

We first measure the desired width for your bust, then subtract it from the current size, divide it by four, and remove the extra fabric from all four sides, and leave a little margin to attach the pieces.  Once the pieces are reattached, your dress will fit you nicely.

It is also possible to get a bust custom-made, cut and sewed to your liking.  This implied that the bust cannot be modified, and requires a seamstress with a higher level of experience.  The breast is a sensitive area, and even small mistakes could ruin the garment.

Waistline Alterations

The waist is an important feature of your wedding dress despite its simplicity, since it is there to highlight the silhouette, and there are a few customisation options.

The Excusive Alterations experts use needles and thread or safety pins to hold the waist in place, and a needle and thread to mark the fabric and sew it in.

The waistline is a place where a bulge might be visible, despite how it is to have altered.  We measure your current waist circumference to determine if that is where the problem lies.  If it is the case, we remove the extra fabric from each of the four areas and put them back together.

Belts are also a viable option for waistline alterations, being one of the more cost-effects ways to hide a larger waistline.  If you get a belt that matches the garment, you can wrap it over for a perfect fit!

If you think that your measurements might change after your first fitting, you can request, as an alternative, a zipper for a corset back.  Even though this service does come with an extra fee, the money will be well spent.

Our experts advise taking two sets of measurements six months apart for tailored wedding gowns.  

Be aware that the probability of you fitting perfectly into your sample wedding dress is limited.  

Ensure that your fitting goes well by taking the undergarment that you intend to wear to the fitting, as well as your shoes.

Contact experts at Exclusive Alterations for more information about the wedding dress alteration costs and timelines.

Buying an off-the-rack suit may be frowned upon by the fashion-forward, but the truth is that it can be a great way to find a quick get-up for a formal event.

Buying a suit off-the-rack may not be recommended by the fashion-forward, but it is a good option when you are in need of a suit but short on both time and money.

You wouldn’t fare well if you simply picked a random jacket and wore it straight to your event. Wearing an ill-fitting suit is only slightly better than arriving naked.

However, finding a suit jacket that fits your body well is not impossible. Here is our guide to purchasing an off-the-rack suit jacket that looks and feels nice.

1) Shoulders to Shoulders

An important factor to consider when looking at a suit jacket is the shoulder span. Tailors agree that the shoulders of any jacket should end at your shoulders; anything longer will take away from the definition of your frame, and anything too short will be uncomfortable to wear.

2) Hand to Chest

The next thing to look for would be the chest fit of your suit jacket. A simple way to check would be to slip your flat hand into the suit, under the lapels, with the top button fastened. If you ball your hand up into a fist, then the suit should pull at the fastened button.

3) Sleeve to Wrist

Another obvious checkpoint in your quest for an off-the-rack suit is the sleeve length. A short sleeve will look awkward when worn over a dress shirt, whilst a a long sleeve would cover your dress shirt entirely.

Your jacket sleeves should fall to the point where the base of your thumb connects with your wrist. Some tailors would fashion it a bit shorter as well in case you would like to wear a watch to show off.

4) Button to Navel

 A less popular known styling detail when wearing a suit jacket is where the buttons are positioned. The top button of a two-button suit or the middle button of a three-button suit should never reach below the navel.

5) Knuckles to Bottom

 The final size factor to look at would be the full length of your jacket. It might variate depending on style, but you would commonly aim for a length where the bottom of your suit jackets is level with your knuckles.

6) Patterned to Finish 

Once you are satisfied that the size fits your body nicely, taking a look at your overall outfit would finish the look. The colour and thread pattern of your pants should match your jacket, and your dress shirt should either contrast with the rest of your outfit or blend into it. Your shoes should also be the same colour and style as your belt, as well as colour-matched with the rest of your suit.

Conclusion

These six simple tailoring tips can make choosing your off-the-rack suit a highly fashionable style choice.

Looking for the best affordable custom tailor in London? Get in touch with us to see how we can help.

Throughout fashion history, no other piece of clothing has played a more significant role in defining men’s style than the tailored suit.

As opposed to the off-the-rack counterparts, bespoke suits gather a different level of style and provide the wearer with more opportunities to fashion-forward individuals to enhance their professional image. With a tailored suit jacket on your frame, a pair of nicely-fitted trousers, and a stylish pair of dress shoes, you are assured to make a desirable first impression on anyone you meet.

Particularly for business meetings, tailored suits are a fashion staple that can effortlessly turn the tides in your favour right from the start.

Even with this, you might still wonder: “Why should I invest only in custom-tailored suits?”

If you want to close more deals, make more noteworthy connections, and rise up the ranks in your industry, here is why you should invest in a tailored suit.

1) They help you look the part

The top decision makers of any company are expected to meet with many other competent professionals, who not only have the right credentials, but also look like the type of people you want to deal with. Why not arrive in a fine tailored suit?

The old saying of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” apply everywhere else in life, but not when it comes to business. The way you look and the way you present yourself is vital to leaving a lasting impression. It’s important to attend meetings in proper attire, and attire that will convince anyone that you know what you are doing and worth working with.

2) The quality shows

Having a tailored suit isn’t just a privilege bought and earned by working hard, but also shows attention to detail to the minute details of your look.

With a tailored suit, you will have the ability to present yourself as an individual who puts effort into the way that they present themselves without having to say too much. Tailored suits are a cut above the rest and assist you in standing out in the eyes of any customer, business partner or investor.

3) You’ll feel your best

Having a bespoke suit not only helps to impress, but it also gives you a bump of self-confidence when you put it on. By opting for a bespoke suit and donning it for meetings and events, you will present yourself better, feel more comfortable with what you are saying, and project a confidence that will draw in clients.

Conclusion

A custom-tailored suit offers many opportunities to make your personal brand stand out and attract better business opportunities, while supplementing your personal growth and development.

If you’re looking to make an investment in a custom suit and are in need of a skilled tailor in London, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.