Post # 1
I had my first fitting today and my dress fits perfectly and doesn’t need any alterations other than the length. It’s not a complicated dress but does have the lace, a satin under layer, and one layer of tulle.
I was kind of shocked at how much it would cost just to hem the dress and do the bustle. It was $220. Is that crazy or normal? She’s not doing anything to the rest of the dress.
Post # 3
I added a bustle, had them add clips to make removable straps, and cups and I paid $100.
Post # 4
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”
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
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
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
Bustle, take in the bodice, convert to sweetheart neckline…$304
I love my dress!…priceless
(Sorry, I just had to)
Post # 8
Yikes! I just didn’t expect it to be that much but I guess it’s normal. If I had to get anything else done it would be more than the dress! But I do love it though so hopefully it will be perfect.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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 # 13
wow, if I wasn’t so short I’d try to lift it with more poof but I don’t think that will cut it!
Post # 14
Mine was $339. I had to have it hemmed, sides taken in, bra cups added, straps taken up, and a bustle.