(Closed) How much were your alterations?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I added a bustle, had them add clips to make removable straps, and cups and I paid $100.

Post # 4
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The lace could be the reason behind the hem costing so much.

As for the bustle, it depends on which type of bustle you got and how many ribbons or snaps/hooks they had to sew. My bustle was $45 for the irst 3, and 15 for each additional one (I think I had 2 more)

My alterations cost $450 for”

Bustle (5)


Taking in at top

Taking in at bottom

Placement of belt

Adding cups (two sets so I don’t have to wear a bra)

And I really think there was something else, but I can’t remember off the top of my head….

Post # 5
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had the hem altered, the bust taken in, and a bustle for $190 She did some other stuff but didn’t charge, like adding the option for straps.

Post # 6
3501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

my appt was this morning and my hem was 200! another “bodice work” was 150. BLAH. but she said because there are no side seams its more tricky to take in. and then bustle was 75 for 3 strings (to match the numbers french style) but im short so i needed more making it 95! i dont know what else is being done to it.. pressing.. but my total was 565! UGH.

Post # 7
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Bustle, take in the bodice, convert to sweetheart neckline…$304

I love my dress!…priceless

(Sorry, I just had to)

Post # 9
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I haven’t had my alterations done yet, but I was told to sew in cups and to add a bustle it should hover around $100.

Post # 10
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Dress #1 was $20.  I added an American bustle.  The seamstress charges $20/hour.  I thought I needed hours and hours of intricate lace hemming and we discovered a hoop skirt would lift it enough.


Dress #2 will need to be hemmed and some cups added. I’m guessing that will take 2-3 hours at most, so $60 maybe?


I’m only wearing one dress though!  I am grateful that the bodice fits great in both my dresses.  I just don’t fill out the boobage area though.

Post # 11
1 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mines cost $70. I had a 5-pt bustle, the dress was taken in at the top and cups sewn in., My dress is all lace as well and is about an inch long and brushing the floor, so instead of a hem, she gave me a wider/poofier crinoline to wear, which fixed the problem and avoided the cost of a hem.

Post # 12
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

when i first git my dress it was a smidge too tight.  after 6 months i wwent for my first fitting and it was a smidge too big.   they only had to take it in like an inch or less and it was $57.00.

we talked about a bustle and it woulda cost me $80.  i didnt need it really.

Post # 14
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Mine was $339. I had to have it hemmed, sides taken in, bra cups added, straps taken up, and a bustle.

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