Post # 1
i am in the process of alterations now – they are working on my hem, taking in the bust, and adding some floral embellishments that i supplied to the waist area. after that i have to get the bustle done and that should do it. i am having mine done at a local spot because the bridal shop i purchased my dress from doesn’t do alterations. i am nervous to ask where i am on cost at this point! hoping to not spend more than $400 since my dress was only $650! what were your experiences, bees?
Post # 2
blankenshiptobe: The dress shop I went to wanted to charge 350 plus tax for just taking it in by the bust and hemming it. NOT including the extra lace straps I wanted put on, and with that, said it would be about $500. I thought that was beyond nuts. I ended up getting a recommendation for this seamstress who does work out of her house. I didn’t end up needing to get it hemmed because I wore a tulle thing under my dress, but for the straps, taking it in, and my bustle (keeping in mind I had a big train), she charged $120. And did a fabulous job. Shop around for alterations.
Post # 3
Initially I went to the seamstress my dress shop highly recommended. She charged the following:
Bust pads $35
Side seams $100
Back seam $75
My dress is lace with a tulle overlay which makes it difficult to alter apparently? I had the bottom half taken in a lot to show off my body so that explains the hefty seam charges. The seamstress took up the hem (once) and at my final fitting after I explained numerous times it was still too long and I was tripping on it she refused to take it up again. It was literally a stand off. So that left me with having to take my dress to another seamstress 12 days before my wedding and having to pay $120 to have the dress re-hemmed!! It’s been an awful experience but luckily I will be able to actually walk and not trip down the aisle day of so I guess it’s worth it!