(Closed) Anybody got sticker shock from alterations

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much were your alterations?
    $0-50 : (4 votes)
    9 %
    $51-100 : (3 votes)
    7 %
    $101-$150 : (5 votes)
    12 %
    $151-200 : (7 votes)
    16 %
    $200+ : (24 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
    3689 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Mine was $150 to take in the bust and add the bustle.  The dress had a ton of beading on the bodice, so she had to take it all off by the side seams and put it back on.  I didn’t need hemming because I had the dress made in a custom length to begin with.

    Post # 4
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Mine was ‘flat rate’ of $199…i thought that was good lol guess I should of did my research!

    Post # 5
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Mine was over $300 for just a bustle (that fell out after about 3 minutes) and a hem.

    Post # 6
    214 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I have yet to get mine altered and I figured it would cost an arm and leg but seeing what you guys are paying is making me scared.. Guess what i saved on my dress i will put back into it in alterations.

    Post # 7
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    120$ and she did a ton of work, it actually never fit me until she took out some pleats, moved lace around, added straps, and shortened it just a bit.  We probably had 10 visits.  She also made me a veil.

    Eltsa Custom Sewing for anyone in the Seattle area 🙂

    Post # 8
    376 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013


    Post # 9
    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Mine is around $450.  My seamstress is well known for her couture work on high end designer dresses and she does an impeccable job.  She also does more intricate bustles than usual.  I got a quote half the price from another streamstress, but I do believe you get what you pay for and I went with someone who I could trust to do a great job.

    Post # 10
    7462 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    My alterations cost $350! My dress was only $299 to begin with. They had to do a lot of alterations though. If my dress had been a more complex material, I would have been in a world of trouble.

    First picture is before, second is during my first fitting

    It had to be taken in a lot, they changed where the dress began to flare out, it was hemmed, I had my longline bra sewn into the dress, and they added a bustle.

    Post # 11
    323 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I just brought mine in yesterday! I only needed a hem and the bustle. She is also going to press it for me. Alterations depend on quite a few things. I know just with the hem mine was affected by how many layers and that there was this band in the bottom to hold the shape. With my two-layer hem, the overbustle, and pressing, the cost was $140.

    Post # 12
    11752 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My bridal shop had a flat fee of $500 for the basics. “Custom” changes were above that. I used a private seamstress that is much more than that, however I’m also paying her to come to my wedding to dress me before and bustle me after the ceremony.

    Post # 13
    136 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I bought my dress a few weeks ago, and because i paid in full the shop gave me any and all alterations for free! In some shops i was looking at £400 though.

    Post # 14
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee

    The other day, one of my co-workers was shocked to find out that a few simple alterations would cost $150. She ended up finding a dress she liked better — that needed no alterations — and it was only $100! So she just got a second dress… she’s getting married in about two weeks so it was perfect timing!

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