Post # 1
So I found my dress! I had an appointment at David’s Bridal yesterday and fell in love with the first dress I tried on. The consultant had me in a size 4, but it felt a little too snug around my ribs so I ordered the dress in a size 6. I fall somewhere in between the two sizes, so I’ll have to get it taken in.
When I asked about their prices for alterations, my consultant quoted me an estimate of around $250 to hem, take in, and add a bustle to the dress. From what I’ve read about dress alterations, this is a pretty good price, but I’m wondering if there’s any place out there that could do it for less than $250.
Do any of you have recommendations for a seamstress – or heck, even a dry cleaner! – who would charge less than David’s Bridal for alterations? Any recommendations are welcome.
Thanks so much!
P.S. I live right near the Art Museum, so some place really local would be ideal, though I’m willing to drive for a good and affordable seamstress.
Post # 3
look up Priscilla Costa, im using her and she is great.
Post # 4
@Averne: Did you find a seamstress you liked? I’m looking for one in the Philly area as well for a hem job and bustle. Thanks!
Post # 5
did you guys find a good seamstress in Philly? How much for the hemming and bustle?
Post # 6
@nancyphilly: I just ended up going with Nilah. I’m sure she’s not the cheapest option, but she did come recommended to me by two of my friends and their dresses were great. For the hem, bustle, and cups sewn in it cost $300. I know my friend that got her ruffled dress hem and bustled also cost the same. I would think the ruffles would cost more, but apparently not.
She was really great and flexible with appointment times. I’m an out of town bride that resides in San Diego and she was able to get me in for an appointment when I was in town and gave me a lot of options as far as when I could go back for a second fitting.
It looks like your wedding’s not until April so you’ve got some time. I’d do a bit of shopping, but if you don’t feel like looking around and can spare the $300 I would feel confident going with her.
Post # 7
@linglu and @nancyphilly,
Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to this thread. I took my dress to Fashion Stitch yesterday on Church Rd in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Yan came highly recommended on Yelp, and she’s charging $100 for a hem and bustle, which is all my dress needs. That’s a $200 savings over what David’s Bridal quoted me for the same exact job!
My next/final fitting in on September 8th, so I’ll report back then on how it turned out. 🙂
Post # 8
I used Irina Sigal and she did an AMAZING job. She wasn’t super cheap, but she really did a fantastic job and I’d absolutely recommend her to everyone!