Post # 1
Were you guys able to go and try on your dress for the seamstress first and receive a no-obligation quote? NYC can be so expensive AND I have no real recommendations from friends, so I was hoping to shop around a bit. I’ll need a hem and bustle possibly take in the waist a little and I’ve been batting around the idea of altering the neckline to a sweetheart (so they would need to check out the dress’s integrity in person anyway). I got such a great price on the dress, I’d hate to lose the savings in alterations.
Post # 5
Yes you should be able to get an estimate for the work on your gown. Take it to the seamstresses and explain what you want done. They should be able to give you an estimate after looking at how the dress is made.
If you are shopping around at multiple places I would suggest you ask for estimates for all the work you might want done. To get the high level estimates you probably don’t need to try on the dress until you are ready for the actual fitting.
Post # 6
i would highly recommend getting estimates, and in writing if possible. i went to 2 places to get estimates for similar work as you have mentioned, and let them know that i’d be coming in for a trial fitting and i wanted an estimate. the first place was incredibly nice about it, and gave me a hand written estimate.
the second place acted shocked when i said ‘thank you very much’ and got ready to leave, they apparently didn’t understand or the appointment taker hadn’t told them it was a trial. they also refused to write down the prices they told me for all the work. guess who got the job? get it in writing, you don’t want them doubling the cost when you go to pick it up.
Post # 7
Yes, get estimates in writting.
Post # 8
Yes, get the estimate in writing. And shop around.