Post # 1
Sooo…I’ve decided on my dress!! Hurray! Casablanca 1900. =D
It’s $900 retail, but I’ve found a woman selling hers for $600. I’m going to try it on later this month. It’s probably going to be one size larger than I need, and it’s not altered at all.
So the question is: should I buy the gown from a store and have it ordered to fit, and then pay for alterations…or should I buy the never-worn, never-altered gown this girl has and pay for alterations from there? I don’t know which would end up costing more. Thoughts?
Post # 3
I think you’ll pay enough in alterations that the gown will end up being slightly cheaper, but not by much. I think I’d go ahead and order the new one.
If you can negotiate down to $500 or less, it might be worth it, but as it is, I don’t think you’ll save much.
Post # 4
At this point I am just guessing that the gown will be big. If I try it on and it is just long, do you think it makes sense to buy it?
The store where I tried it on said it was $100 to order the gown shorter. WHY????
Post # 5
Do you have someone in mind to do the alterations? If so, I’d see if you could arrange to have the seamstress see you in the dress unaltered to give you an idea of the cost and potentially if it even can be altered to fit you. I saw another post recently in which the bride was freaking out because the dress was not going to be able to be altered enough to fit. Take lots of pictures when you try it on so you could show potential seamstresses if you don’t already have a person in mind.
Good luck! And hurray for good deals!
Post # 6
@peachacid: Casablanca is one of the company’s that does hollow-to-hem as an option, ie. will make the gown to your specific height. Depending on the style of dress (I’m not familiar with 1900), shortening the hem after the fact may be substantially more than $100. Eg. if they have to remove a lace trim, shorten the dress and then reattach the trim. So….depends on the style of dress as to whether this dress would come out cheaper than just ordering it. Also….one size bigger may or may not be much bigger. My dress was ordered in a 10 even though 2 of my measurements were an 8 because they always order for your biggest part. As the above PP said, perhaps the best thing is to arrange a seamstress to go with you to give you a more accurate idea of alterations costs.
Post # 7
Okay so for example, there is this dress:
It would be too long, but it is only $500…! Would alterations cost more than $500?