Frequently Asked Questions
Ana Mier, owner and manager of Ana’s Pro Gown Alterations is the daughter of a master tailor. At the age of eight years old, with her father’s guidance created her first piece – a pair of jeans.
Over her high-school years, Ana created suits and dresses for herself inspired by browsing through catalogs. This passion evolved into tailoring existing gowns, re-designing bridal gowns and creating custom designs. Since 2011, Ana’s Pro Gowns has been helping create lifelong memories.
Please make sure to bring your shoes with you at the time to your fitting. If you’re altering the hem of your dress, it can be basted (held with loose stitches) temporarily, but the sooner you decide on your shoes and bring them to a fitting, the better—especially if your dress has a train and therefore requires a bustle to raise it off the floor after the ceremony.
You might also need to bring the undergarments you plan to wear because they will affect your measurements and you want to make sure the finished gown conceals everything properly.
We highly recommend bringing in your dress as soon as you have it. Most bridal dresses must be taken in by a tailor over THREE fitting sessions, and each of these sessions will be scheduled 2-3 weeks apart. We also do RUSH alterations for an additional fee.
At Ana’s Pro Gown Alterations, we do everything alterations. This means we can also help with the mother-of-the-bride alterations, bridesmaids, and other special occasion dresses.
A bridal gown is likely to be far more complicated than any other garment you’ve altered in the past. For example, downsizing a princess bodice might require taking in several seams, essentially disassembling and rebuilding the bodice. Gowns with trim or design along the lower skirt cannot be hemmed, and instead, have to be shortened at the waist. Sometimes lace, beading, draping, and embroidery will have to be removed and reapplied. Fees reflect the time and skill required for such work. On average, most brides will spend $300-$650 on alterations.