Jill Bates Fashion

Jill Bates We are Rochester’s top destination for sewing and clothing alteration for any formal occasion. Jill Bates Fashion specializes in wedding gown alterations, refashioning, and wedding gown preservation, as well as bridesmaid dresses and prom dresses. Jill Bates Fashion not only delivers high quality workmanship, but also executes in being meticulous, ensuring that you look ravishing no matter the event. It is important to us that both wedding gowns and special occasion gowns receive a creative touch. With over 30 years of wedding and formal wear alterations, fashion design, and tailoring we understand the nuances of high quality fabric and styles. Jill Bates Fashion studio is an intimate setting exhibiting a calm and relaxed atmosphere. We know how important it is for women to feel beautiful on their special day and you are our highest priority–Looking beautiful is one thing, but feeling beautiful is another, and we pride ourselves in administering both. Preparing for a wedding or any special event can be overwhelming and at Jill Bates Fashion we enjoy consulting with women to understand the desired look for their special event. This is why we also design custom accessories that will accent the individuals’ unique fashion style for the day. Jill Bates Fashion: KNOW YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL

About Jill

As a wife and mother of two, Jill Bates has been a business owner and professional seamstress specializing in custom alterations and design for over 30 years. Jill’s alterations include wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, and all formal wear, as well as wedding gown refashioning and preservation. Jill is currently a member of Women TIES, The East Rochester Chamber of Commerce, The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals, Rochester Women’s Network, and co-founder of Women of Focus: A Trade Show of Elegance. Jill is actively involved in her community as a volunteer, donating her time and service to local and charitable organizations. Past Community Service events:

  • Hannah’s Hope
  • RIT Alumni Network
  • Casa Larga’s Fashion Show
  • 98 PXY “Cold Feet Wedding”
  • “Welcome Home Wedding”  (Military Couples)
  • “Charity Nuptials” (Couples with Down Syndrome)
  • Warm 101.3 Bridal Contest
  • Miss Greater Rochester Contestants

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Jill Bates Fashion to provide women with the best custom fit possible and the highest quality workmanship on their wedding gown or special occasion gown alterations.


Jill Bates Fashion offers an ongoing internship program for school and college credit, and provides a great experience for fashion design and merchandising majors. Requirements: Must be able to use Microsoft Office, graphic design and photography skills are a plus. Duties: Updating website and blog, answering phones, office work, display work, helping with various charity events including fashion shows and more. You’ll learn: Buying from wholesale suppliers, how to create line sheets and look books, differences in man-made and natural fibers, advanced sewing and design methods, the role of technology in small business, running a fashion design business, and more.