Post # 1
When looking for alteration quotes, do you need to bring your dress to the seamstress, or do you call and discuss the changes and the material of the dress and they can give you estimates? I am planning to go to a private seamstress instead of the bridal shop.
Post # 3
@kmarie719: I’m also looking to figure this out. The Bridal Store where I bought my dress estimated $500. The saleswoman pulled me aside and whispered to me to take it somewhere else.
Post # 4
I’d like to know this also!
Post # 5
@MrsTimmy: Same with me! I was told they charge a flat rate of $575 (?!) and it only cover standard alterations like fit and hem, but if I end up changing my corset for a zipper it would be extra. I’d probably end up spending the same as the dress. No thanks! She was kind enough to tell me to look elsewhere as well!
Post # 6
bump for the daytime bees…
Post # 7
I had to take my dress for the seamstress so she could see it in person and on me. I had recommendations for 3 places, but after my first appointment I didn’t bother with the others. Her quote was a mere $80 to remove the train, make it a tea length, alter the bust and sleeve holes, remove 2 of 4 layers of crinoline, add a swath of red lace around the hem, replace a few missing beads, and repair 2 very small pulls in the fabric. EIGHTY BUCKS for all that!
Post # 8
@gertrude: Wow!! That is an amazingly good price!
My bridal shop quoted me an outrageous price, as well. I need to have the hem taken up, the bust taken in, and a bustle added, but the body of the dress fits me like a glove. They quoted me close to $600, not including an extra $60 to steam it. (That pissed me off; I spent $1,100 on my dress, and you can’t throw in a free steam?! Wow. I could buy a steamer for $60. My salesgirl told me to go somewhere else because the bridal shop where I bought my dress “charges twice as much as a tailor.” I so appreciated that!)
Anyway, I haven’t decided on the seamstress I’m using yet, but I have gotten a few quotes over the phone by describing what I need done. Of course it’s not a 100% for sure price until they see the dress in person and figure out exactly what needs to be done, but it gives me an idea of whether or not I’m willing to even go in to see them.