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Seamstress Recommendations

At Memories and The Prom Shop, we do not offer in house alteration services.  You are free to use any seamstress of your choosing to alter your gown.  Since alterations typically require multiple fittings, it is often best to use a seamstress close to your home town.  For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of seamstresses in our area referred to us by our customers.  We encourage you to shop around for your alterations to find a seamstress that best fits your needs and budget.  (Please note, Memories cannot guarantee nor be held responsible for work done by your chosen seamstress.)

Kalamazoo Area
Diane Myers-Bond (bridal only, Kalamazoo) 269-668-3584
Lecia Lamphere (Schoolcraft) 517-937-6165                                                        
Ellen Stanko (Paw Paw) 269-657-1931   
Karen Sopjes (NW Kalamazoo) 269-330-2310
Todd DeLooff (Portage) 269-217-8922
Barbara Moelaart, Kalamazoo 269-599-6341
Su Alterations (Crossroads Mall, Portage) 269-321-0192                                                    

Grand Rapids Area
Lee Tailors (RiverTown Crossings Mall, Grandville) 616-249-9253
Ha Alterations (Walker) 616-735-0561
European Custom Tailors (NE Grand Rapids) 616-364-4457
Elegant Accessories (NE Grand Rapids) 616-365-1951

Benton Harbor Area
Kathy Main (Stevensville) 269-465-4626
Judy Deam (Stevensville) 269-369-2317


How do alterations work?
Formal gowns come in stock sizes only and are not custom made to your measurements.  They are intended to be tailored to your figure for a perfect fit. Alterations should be expected for the majority of gowns (the most common alterations include hemming, adjusting straps, and taking in the bodice). We do not have a seamstress on staff, but we do offer a list of local professional seamstresses who have great expertise with formal gowns.

When should I schedule my first fitting?
We suggest starting your alterations about 8 weeks before your wear date for bridal gowns and at about 4-6 weeks before your wear date for all other dresses.  While you may not want to start your alterations until closer to your wear date, it is advisable to contact your seamstress once you’ve purchased your gown. Many popular seamstresses will become booked solid during peak seasons, so it’s best to call far in advance when possible.  All appointments must be scheduled directly with your seamstress.

What should I bring to my first fitting?
You will need to bring the shoes and undergarments that you will be wearing with your gown to all your fittings. At Memories we carry a full line of SPANX, crinolines, long-line bras, waist shapers, and shoes to help improve the fit and comfort of your gown.

How many fittings will I need?
Usually alterations will require 2-3 fittings (if more elaborate alterations are requested additional fittings may be necessary).

Are alterations included in the price of the gowns?
No. Alterations are not included in the price of our gowns, and all alteration costs must be paid to your seamstress directly.

What do alterations typically cost?
Each seamstress sets their own prices, and alteration costs will vary based on the extent of alterations needed. Since you are free to choose your own seamstress, you are encouraged to choose a seamstress that fits within your budget. Always request a price quote before you begin alterations with a given seamstress.

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