How much did your alterations cost?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would suggest looking into other seamstress. When I purchased my dress at david’s bridal, I asked how much alterations would be, they quoted me around $600.

I found a seamstress who will be doing them for $350. I need to have the bodice fitted [mainly around the armpit areas], the halter top fitted because it’s like 4″ longer than it needs to be, and a 2″ hem. My dress is a very fluffy tulle dress, though.

My alterations would have been cheaper if my dress had not been so difficult to alter. She has to take the entire bodice apart and then put it back together because everything is connected.

Post # 3
Member
284 posts
Helper bee

Mine were 317$ from David’s Bridal, I needed to have the shoulder strap things taken in, and it had to be taken in in two different seams so that cost a chunk, plus a 3 point bustle. I lucked into buying shoes the day before and I tried them on at the fitting of the dress, turned out that they were the perfect height so no hemming was required.

Otherwise, my hem was estimated at being 300$, as I have several layers of lace and appliques along the hem to give it some shape, so they would have had to remove and reapply the appliques ever so carefully and cut the skirt to fit the appliques properly. Would have been a nightmare, I guess, so glad my shoes were perfect 🙂

Post # 4
Member
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I, too, would try somewhere else. I was lucky and found someone whom worked from her home. Hemming, bustle, and cups being seen in were $150.

Post # 5
Member
2092 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

weatherbug:  Mine came to $649!! Way more than I wanted or was expecting but she did an amazing job and what was I gonna do at that point anyway?? The wedding was the next day and I damn well needed my dress so I paid.

Post # 6
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6204 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Mine was $300 even. I had it taken in, straps shortened (and backs covered with lace that they provided), and hemmed- about 6 layers (one dress under with crinoline + overlay that had to be taken up from the top, and separating tulle)

Post # 7
Member
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mine were done at the salon I got the dress from.It was $150 for taking ceremony dress in a few inches, fixing the bust and sleeves of the reception dress, and adding a bustle to that dress. 

Post # 8
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795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mine was $450. Hemming was very expensive since my dress is lace and it needed to be taken off and lifted. Boo …. I also had a bustle done and cups sewn in and a few other things. 

Post # 9
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171 posts
Blushing bee

I wish I could have paid much less, but I had a custom change that cost $150 and my alterations were nearly $900 total!  My dress was barely more than that ($1200), but I’m justifying it by thinking that if I’m spending that much on a garment, it better be altered perfectly.  The owner of the bridal shop I bought it from is doing the alterations herself, and she’s been in the business for like 30 years so I feel like I’m in good hands.  I had to have bust, sides, and hem done, but my dress has a lot of ruching and it is chiffon- so a lot of work.  No bustle because I got my train chopped off!  Had my last fitting today so I can’t wait to see the final product 🙂

Post # 10
Member
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Mine ended up being about $330, I had underestimated because I didn’t think I’d lost weight (apparently my continuing obsession with Oreos actually made me lose 3in off my waist!).

Post # 11
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1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine came in around $190.   Bustle, taken in on bodice, waist and hips,  hemmed, loose beading fixed, and minor repairs to the overlay on the skirt.   I felt that I got a good price on alterations, not too high, not too low, and my seamstress was great too.  

 

I would continue to look around for quotes from other seamstresses.  Your estimate sounds high, but it may also be because of the level of detail of work on your dress. 

Post # 12
Member
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

$250 to have a too small dress let out and a simple bustle added at an independent seamstress (I bought a preowned dress that was too small).  I asked how much it would be if I brought in the same dress brand new that would need to be taken in a bit and hemmed and she said it would be $300.  

Post # 13
Hostess
2920 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

$0. My mom is a seamstress and I’m so thankful for her. It would have cost over $1000 for the amount that had to be done. It was 2 sizes too small and 3 inches too short. She had to tear open the entire dress and resew all the delicate beadwork on the bodice…not to mention create 3 inches of fabric from thin air!

Just wanted to brag about my awesome super mom 🙂

Post # 14
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5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I had the bodice taken in a tiny bit and had it hemmed. It ended up being $355 for alterations. The bottom of my dress has a bunch of lace scalloping and details so it was a lot more work than usual which = more expensive 😉

Post # 15
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2763 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

$180 total….I had a bustle & the waist taken in.

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