Couture by
Pearl
made in
America
Expert Alterations

Whether it's a complicated bodice alteration, or a simple hem I can do almost
anything.  If you think it can't be done call me before you give up.  I offer fast,  
professional service and welcome "emergencies".  
Email:
pearl@couturebypearl.com
Phone: 609-889-2088
Common Alteration fees:  Updated March 2017

Hem:
Dress or gown .........................................................................................................  
If trim, lace, beads  or scalloped edge must be removed and put back on......
Cut net petticoat........................................................................................................
Slacks unlined............................................................................................................
Slacks lined................................................................................................................

Hem by hand (add to other hem prices)
**Hand hem fee will be waived for police, fire and military uniforms

Sleeves unlined-Shorten without cuff, lace, trim, beads or buttons..................
Sleeves unlined- Shorten with cuff, lace, trim, or buttons..................................
Lined sleeves............................................................................................................
Sleeves Unlined-Take in without beading.............................................................
Sleeves Unlined-Take in with beading...................................................................
Sleeves Lined-Take in..............................................................................................
Sleeves:  Add............................................................................................................

Shoulder Unlined:  Raise without beading.............................................................
Shoulder Unlined:  Raise with beading..................................................................
Shoulder Lined:  Raise..............................................................................................
Shoulder Straps:  Shorten without beading...........................................................
Shoulder Straps:  Shorten with beading................................................................
Shoulder Straps:  Add...............................................................................................
Add Yoke....................................................................................................................

Zipper Unlined Garment:  Add or replace broken zipper.....................................
Zipper Lined Garment:  Add or replace broken zipper.........................................
If zipper area is beaded............................................................................................
Add hook and eye at top of zipper..........................................................................

Remove zipper, put in corset back with
loops, modesty panel and sash tie...
Remove zipper, put in corset back with
eyelets, modesty panel and sash tie

Side Seams:  Take in or let out without  boning or beading...............................
If boned.......................................................................................................................
If beaded.....................................................................................................................

Bustles (a point is each place the bustle is tacked up) see picture below.......

Darts: Take in or add without beading unlined bodice........................................
Darts:  Take in or add with beading unlined bodice............................................
Darts:  Take in or add fully lined bodice.................................................................
Shorten waist  ...........................................................................................................

Add inside Belt...........................................................................................................

Patches and rank......................................................................................................

Additional fees apply when alteration area is heavily beaded.  These beads
must be taken off and sewn back on by hand.  

Suit Tailoring:

Jacket:  Take in at sides...........................................................................................
Jacket Sleeves:  Shorten.........................................................................................
Jacket Shorten..........................................................................................................

Pants:  Take in or let out at waist.............................................................................
Pants:  Hem new or alter hem (raw edge over locked with hand sewn hem)....

Coat Linings:  Do you have a favorite old winter coat that you just love, but
the lining in it is shredded.   Don't throw it out.  I can replace that coat lining
with luxurious flannel backed satin for $100 including materials.  It will feel
like a brand new coat.

Pressings:

All garments will be returned steam pressed and in ready to wear condition
whether or not they came in the door that way.   Steam pressing is done at
no additional charge.

Loose buttons and beads:

I personally inspect all garments before they leave the studio.  Any loose
beads, buttons, button holes, hooks or eyes I find will be tightened at no
additional charge.  

Please bring garments in a garment bag or a plastic bag from the dry
cleaners.  Your garments will be returned in this bag.  Plastic garment bags
with a zipper can be purchased at Walmart for under $4.00 in their closet
organizing department.   
Before:  This dress needed to
be shortened so mom could
wear it to a family wedding.  I
thought it was nice, but
needed a little zing.
After:  I found this lovely
beaded appliqué at my favorite
fabric store.  This was the
perfect touch
Mom looked beautiful for this
Call for a fitting in my private studio.  609-889-2088

THE CEREMONY:  Your train adds so much
dramatic flare to your gown.  Stretched out wide
behind you for your walk down the aisle, and utterly
beautiful pooled around your feet in your photos.  

THE RECEPTION:  When it is time to mingle with
your guests, have that all important dance with your
dad, and enjoy your reception the train needs to be
out of the way.  

A well done bustle blends into the dress and adds
it's own beauty.  Bustle points are attached
inconspicuously yet easily accessible to gracefully
sweep  your train off the floor.   

No two bustles are the same as each gown has
it's own unique design and highlights.  

Consider a detachable train when ordering a
custom gown.
Devin's gown presented a
challenge because of the
intricate lace and layers on
the back of the dress.  We
did not want to hide the
details by covering it up with
the train.
Buttons were covered with the fabric cut from the
hem then invisibly sewn to the underskirt of the
dress.  Loops made of crochet thread were
attached at opposite ends.  By bustling this gown
with 3 points underneath I was able to present the
layers and lace without the gown looking bunched
up.  

$20 per layer
$20 additional
$15 per layer
$10 per pair
$20 per pair

$20.00


$10.00
$10.00 additional
$10.00 additional
$30.00
$40.00
$10.00 additional
$40.00 + cost of fabric

$15.00
$30.00
$10.00 additional
$10.00
$20.00
$15.00
$30.00

$25.00 includes zipper
$35.00 includes zipper
$10.00 additional
$10.00

$95.00+fabric
$45,00+fabric

$40.00
$10.00 additional
$10.00 additional

$15.00 per point (includes materials)

$10.00 per pair
$5.00 additional per pair
$10.00 additional per pair
$50.00

$20.00

$3.50 per patch






$40.00
$30.00
$40.00

$20.00
$20.00