Everything You Need to Know About Our Alterations Department


You Won't Believe How Many Hours Goes into Altering a Wedding Dress

Walking into Kleinfeld can feel like a fairytale— a grand lobby both welcomes you and leads you to an even bigger and brighter main salon with over 1,000 dresses to drool over and try on. 

But the real magic lies just a floor below the main salon.  Take a trip down the stairs and you’ll find 100+ expert fitters, sewers, beaders and pressers in Kleinfeld’s alterations department, working meticulously on hundreds of gowns each week, so that they are custom fitted to each and every bride’s shape.

Learn about some of the behind-the-seams magic that goes on in our alterations department, below.

The Kleinfeld Alterations Department in Numbers:

6: months in our busy season, from May 1st to October 31st

110: employees in the alterations department

19: artisan fitters

205: years of experience amongst all 19 fitters

53: professional sewers

20: beading specialists

8: quality control specialists and pressers

10: supervisors & managers

134: average number of brides the alterations department sees each day during the busy season

3: average number of times a bride comes in for alterations

5,000:  gowns altered every year

Fitting

When your dress arrives at Kleinfeld, you’ll come in for your alterations first fitting appointment. Your fitter will work with you to discuss any changes you’d like to make, pin your dress to your shape and pin your hemline based on the wedding shoes you bring. Over the course of 3-5 fittings, your fitter will show you how to bustle your gown, get in and out of your dress, as well as simultaneously pin and sculpt your gown to your shape. In between your fittings, the magic really happens—on average, a total of 30 hours is spent on each and every wedding dress that comes through our alterations department!

Beading

Kleinfeld Alterations

Bead work at Kleinfeld is done by hand, and only by our division of expert beaders. This time-consuming skill takes delicate hands and a good deal of patience! When you order a dress with beading, our beaders will remove the beading, hand over your dress to our sewers to be altered, and finally our beaders re-bead the dress where the work was done, so it looks like your dress was never changed!

Sewing

Kleinfeld Alterations

Kleinfeld Alterations

In addition to regular sewing, any work done on lace is taken care of by our seamstresses who specialize in the delicate fabric. Adding more lace, moving appliqués around, you name it! Seamstresses will remove lace appliqués before sewing the gown and add them back on after, or add appliqués to an area a bride would like covered or changed.

Quality Control & Pressing

Kleinfeld Alterations

Kleinfeld Alterations

After your final fitting is done and all details of your dress are to your exact liking, the Kleinfeld team checks the dress for quality assurance and perfection. This includes removing any stray strings, adding a few extra beads or buttons, and adding the signature Kleinfeld tag on the inside of your gown. Your dress is then moved to the pressing station where we hand steam the entire garment and pack it with tissue paper so it maintains its shape.

Ready for Pickup

Kleinfeld Alterations

Stored in a white garment bag sealed with the Kleinfeld name, your dress is ready for pickup! A dress that is 100% unique, 100% fitted perfectly to you, and 100% ready for the big day.

 

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