When my daughter and her best friend received their band performance gowns the night before the concert, the only choice this non-sewing mom had was to use Stitch Witchery to take up the hem. (Stitch Witchery is a bonding tape that melts when ironed, effectively gluing the fabric together.) The gowns – long, black, polyester numbers – each had about a foot of excess length, but the Stitch Witchery did a good enough job until I could get it to Spirit Alterations a week later.
The lady that helped me was very nice and patiently accommodated two giggling teenage girls. Thankfully the girls managed to hold still while the lady pinned the hem, however, even if they had been squirmy (think little kids), her hands were steady and I think she would have pulled it off with aplomb.
We didn’t need them right away, and even though she could have had them done within a day, we opted to pick them up about two weeks later. When I picked them up, the hems were perfectly straight and exactly the right length. The dresses were ironed and hanging neatly on their hangers, ready to go to the next concert. (And God bless her, she managed to get the Stitch Witchery residue out, too.)
I absolutely recommend Spirit Alterations, and will definitely use them again. They are located at 1660 S Dairy Ashford Street, Houston, TX, 77077, on the northwest corner of Dairy Ashford and Westmere Streets.
Note: They are listed in the phone book as Spirit Cleaners, however, the signage clearly identifies them as Spirit Alterations.