How much did your dress alterations cost?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Bri1o:  are you having the alterations done at the shop you got the dress? I know they always charge more than a seamstress. I paid $562 for my alterations… I needed about a foot cut off, the bustle (which was hard bc of all the layers) I got my sash made into a belt.. And the most expensive part was having to get my corset taken in (down side to losing weight so the corset is too big and choosing a lace dress. Oops)

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I bought my dress as a sample so it was only around $500, and I think I paid close to $350 for alterations. I had a thick sash sewn on and attached (so it didn’t go over the corset), thin straps added, a bustle and a hem. My hem alone was at least $150 because I had a multi-layered skirt.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

$130 to have it taken in about 4 sizes, hemmed, 13 point bustle, and have cups added. I went to a private seamstress who just works out of her house.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I had a fully lace dress altered by a private seamstress (not a bridal shop) for just over $300, which included taking in the top half about 2 sizes, sewing in bra cups, adding a bustle (just one button though – a VERY basic bustle), and hemming about eight inches off the front (not all the way around because we just left the train as is). She wanted full payment up front but we negotiated 60% upfront, 40% when I picked it up.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Bri1o:  $500. They originall quoted $400 when I had my first fitting but then I needed cups etc put in. I don’t begrudge the cost as it took 3 more fittings and she had to pretty take apart and remake the top half of the dress which was very intricate work. (I am a size smaller on top so the dress was far too big). But yeah, it was a good chunk of money!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mine was $450. Lace —- private seamstress. Hemming was the worst because she had to detach the whole bottom layer of the dress and than re-attach it. I also had a 9-point bustle put in. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My alterations are costing me about 180 on top of a 600$ dress. I can’t wait to see what it will look like!

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

£140 which is roughly $240 for a bustle, shortening the skirt, and a couple of stitches at the sides of the bust. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My alterations are $350 which includes dress being taken in around the hips, a bustle, extra length being added to my underskirt, steaming, and removal of back zip/exchanging for buttons.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

alterations were included in the price of the dress. I paid 2500 for everything

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My dress alterations were around the same, however, the shop did tell me that my alterations where going to be expensive, but they have never seen alterations over 500 unless they were making significant changes.  My dress was in the price range, so I respected that.  Mine was lace (the most expensive to alter) with a keyhole, and I had to order a couple sizes too big for my hips.  The dress fit at the hips perfectly, but needed to be taken in a lot everywhere else, plus the hem and bustle, and I reworked the straps to make them thinner.  The sticker price of my dress was 1900, but after taxes and alterations (granted I bought it in the highest tax rate in the country) was closer to 3k… insane!  However the only store in the area that includes alterations charges an automatic 450 for them, and knowing someone who bought their dress there- that doesn’t include the bustle (which they don’t tell you that costs an ext 200).  I guess I got an ok deal compared to others, but it is still insane!   

You shouldn’t have gotten taxed for alterations- alterations is a service and services are not taxed.  

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