Calling all bees who had to have their dress taken in

posted 3 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did It cost to take in your dress? Were you happy with the fit?
    Under 100 : (3 votes)
    9 %
    100-200 : (8 votes)
    25 %
    200-300 : (8 votes)
    25 %
    300-400 : (3 votes)
    9 %
    400+ : (7 votes)
    22 %
    Yes : (1 votes)
    3 %
    No : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory

    my dress was lace and beading all over, and it cost me only 140ish to have the top taken in 2 sizes, hemmed, and my bustle put in. the cost will very from place to place.

    Post # 4
    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    My dress was fitted dupioni silk with lace applique. I have a super long torso so the proportions were all wrong. My tailor had to practically remake the dress. I think I had 5+ fittings. But in the end, it was TOTALLY worth it. It fit so much better on the big day. Plus, it only cost $250, which for how much work they put in felt like a STEAL!


    So my advice would be to find a good seamstress and go for it! You’ll be so glad you did when you see how you look in your dream dress that fits you like a glove!

    Post # 5
    5248 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Luckily I bought my dress at a place where the alterations were included. I lost 15 pounds before my wedding so my dress had to be taken in 2 sizes! I was soooo glad I didnt have to pay for the alterations seperatley or I would be scared and how much they would have charged for that! I only had to pay to have cups sewn into my dress

    Post # 6
    957 posts
    Busy bee

    My dress had lace all over and I think the alteration costs were close to $400. Maybe $3-something. I also needed it hemmed a bit though and because of the bottom of the dress, they had to take apart the whole thing.

    Post # 7
    6273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Commenting to follow.

    My dress has so many layers, and the top will need to be altered, along with adding a bustle. I’ve budgeted $500, but it would be great if it was less than that!

    Post # 8
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m not even going to say how much my alterations are, but its above 400 that’s for sure. Part of that is the seamstress (she’s AMAZING) and part of that is I had to order the dress big to get it to fit my super long waist. It’s coming down from an 8 to a 2. HOLY COW. It has to come in everywhere, especially in the boobs. Haha.

    Post # 10
    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Carmabelle:  I have had to get a lot of work done on my dress.  Like you, I’m 5’2 (so right there she had to cut half of the length away lol) and I lost weight so my corset top dress wouldn’t stay up.  The bustle cost more than expected because some of the fabrics weren’t cut at the same lengths (I paid how much for a dress and stuff wasn’t even…what?!) so she had to figure out a way to get the bustle done…and I had her add fuchsia tulle to my petticoat.  Taking in my corset cost more than expected since she had to remove the lace in order to take it in…so as of right now I”m looking at about $400.

    Post # 11
    1606 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My dress was taken in from a 12 to a 6 or 8 (not sure the actual size it is now!). I got it done by a lady who does alterations out of her house and it only cost me $150. She took it in, put in a bustle and shortened the strap and overall length.


    Post # 12
    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Also commenting to follow! Heavily looking at buying preowned but some of the potential options are sample sizes so I would need it to be taken from an 8 to a 2ish so I’m scared!

    Post # 13
    2358 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My alterations included taking in the waist, taking in the hips, adding a bustle, adding 72 buttons down the back, and nipping here and there for symmetry in the knee flare. Also shortening boning on one side to fix a wrinkle in the waist. All total I paid about $250 but I think the taking in at the waist was like 35 by itself.

    Post # 14
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Carmabelle:  Hmmm.

    It was $130 to take it in AND create the bustle.  So I’m not sure how much it would have cost to just take it in

    Post # 15
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I had my dress taken in 4 sizes, bra cups sewn in, a bustle added, hem and a belt sewn on and it cost $750. But it was a ton of work since it was a lace gown and the skirt had 5 layers. The dress essentially had to be deconstructed so I am sure yours will cost much much less. 

    Post # 16
    1013 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Carmabelle:  I paid $430 total for inseam taken in, bust cups sewn in, plus a 21 point bustle…my dress was an all lace (head to toe) dropped waist ball gown 


    I think I got ripped off, I was not happy with alterations at all, …they initially quoted me $250 then on my first alteration appt they jacked the price up because I wanted a specific bustle.  The bustle turned out ok (my dress has no less than 13-15 layers of lace, netting, tulle etc) considering, but I was not happy with the inseam measurement.  They didn’t take my measurements she eye balled it…it was off.  It worked for the day but you can tell in the pics it wasn’t perfect.


    Hopefully yours turns out better <3


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