Wedding Dress Alteration, Restyling and Remodelling is our specialty 

We make to your design - No Pattern Required

Our Services 


Wedding Dress Alterations are our speciality!!!!

How long will it take to do my Alteration and how much will it be? Now that's a tricky one- " How long is a piece of string!"   It can sometimes be very difficult to "guesstimate" how long it will take to alter something. Once you start unpicking and get inside a garment it can be either much easier or way more difficult than we expected. It is also impossible to guess from a picture. We really do need to see you in the dress/outfit to see what needs doing. We charge an hourly rate and do our best to give you an idea of how long we think it will take. A consultation is free and without obligation. I can say however there is not much we cant do- only problem is generally how long.


Wedding Dresses, Bridesmaids, Ball Dresses 

How much will it cost? Email us a picture of what you want and we will get back to you with an estimate of what it will be for Pattern making and Sewing

How long does it take? We allow 4-6 weeks for a Ball Gown/ Bridesmaids and 6-8 weeks to make a Wedding Dress from the Calico fitting. These times can be flexible and it does depend on how much work we have booked in at the time.

What do I need to do if I want you to make my dress? First of all , email us a picture of what you are wanting and the date required, then if you are happy with the cost make an appointment to come and see us. At the consultation we can discuss your design ideas and changes and talk fabric etc. After that you can decide if we are the Dressmaker for you and fill out the contract so you are all booked in.

How long before my date do I need to book? It is never to early to book, some of our bookings are for up to 18 months in advance. In 'Wedding' and "School Ball" season it is a good idea to book in early. There is only two of us here at I Sew 4 U and we only take on a certain amount every month. If your date is sooner than later, just ask if we are available- you never know we may have space.

What is the process of making my dress? After you have filled out the Booking Form/Contract you are booked in. Depending on how long it is before your date we will either take you measurements straight away or make a time for you to come back . After we have taken your measurements we make a Calico Toile  ( "Toile" is a version of garment made by a fashion designer or dressmaker to test a pattern). You would then have your 'first' fitting in the Calico Toile. This is where we make the design decisions and where the fit is worked out. We need your fabric at this fitting. Your 2nd fitting would be in approx. 2-3 weeks after the Calico Toile and this is where you would see dress come to life. There may be another 1 or 2 fittings after that. We like to have your dress ready at least a week before the date required.

Payments? You need to pay a deposit at the first "Calico Fitting" with the remainder to be paid when the dress is finished and before it is picked up.  We accept Cash, Cheques and Internet banking. No Eftpos Available.

Fabric? We find that it easier for you the client to purchase your own fabric. We will tell you how much to get and where you can go. The extras (Notions) we can supply- this includes, Zips, Thread, Lining, Buttons, Boning, Tulle, Veiling, Combs. The 'Notions' are charged extra on top of what you are quoted for patternmaking and sewing.

What do I need to bring to the fittings? Number 1- you need to bring or wear the undergarments/ bra that you are planning to wear on the day. YES it does make a difference to the fit if you change the Bra during the making of your dress! Also make sure you bring them to all of the fittings! You wont need your shoes at the Calico fitting but you will definitely need them by the 2nd/3rd fittings. An idea of how high your shoes are going to be at the Calico Fitting is handy.