Frequently Asked Questions

How long before my wedding should I book my appointment?

Please book your appointment 6-12 weeks before your wedding date. As soon as you have the delivery date for your dress, you should schedule your first fitting (since appointments book up quickly). The minimum amount of time needed for alterations is 4 weeks.  We do charge a $150 rush fee for dresses needed in three weeks, and a $200 rush fee for dresses needed in two weeks if we are able to fit the alterations into our schedule. It is important that you have the exact shoes you plan to wear with your dress at your first fitting along with any undergarments you plan to wear.

How do I get started?

Begin by booking an appointment online for a day and time that is convenient for you. Make sure to bring the exact shoes and bra you plan on wearing with your gown to your first appointment. On the day of your fitting, our master seamstress will pin your dress to show you the alterations necessary to provide an ideal fit. Once we have a clear timeframe for the alterations your dress requires, we will schedule your follow-up fittings in store. Following your appointment you will be given a price estimate for the alterations. Tailor Maid San Francisco takes tremendous pride in the quality of our work, and we strive to make sure that you are absolutely delighted with the way you look on your special day.

What are your hours and location?

Tailor Maid is open for fittings Tuesday – Saturday. Please see our appointment page for available hours. We are located in downtown San Francisco, 755 Sutter Street (between Taylor and Jones).

What are typical alteration costs?

The cost of gown alterations can vary significantly depending upon many factors including the number of layers in the dress and lining, the understructure/boning, lace, beading, fabric, cut, hem, finish, buttons, zippers, belt, corset, bustle and train, etc.

To Request a quote:

Please email a photo or link to your dress (front and back), along with your wedding date and a list of your anticipated alterations to

What forms of payment can I use?

We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

Do you steam/press dresses?

We recommend making arrangements for a final steaming/pressing on the big day as your dress will likely become wrinkled once it’s placed in a garment bag for transportation. Many hotels and venues have steamers available for your use, so it is a good idea to check with them first.

Do you recommend a specific steamer?

This handheld steamer is great for traveling and on-site steaming.

What tape do you recommend?

Hair extension tape works well in place of fashion tape to keep borders and shoulders secure. Kinesiology tape works well for lifting the bust.