Post # 1
I’m looking for some advice. My dress is almost done being altered and I will pick it up soon. I asked for the total price today and she tells me $620!! It’s going from an 8 to a 4 and adding a bustle.
Originally I got this cost breakdown last month during the first fitting:
Take in center bodice and new zip: $120
Take in bust: $110
Re-attach sash $48
Snap to bra $12
Bustle $25-$35 per point
If you do the math, preliminary it looks like $370 without the bustle. I knew it was at the top of what I wanted to spend but I had a good recommendation for them from my bosses wife and decided to stick it out.When we did the bustle fitting she said it was 6 hooks and I mentally thought the cost would be around $500 with that added on, still I cringed but knew I’d take it on for choosing the place. Today I found out she is charging $250 for the bustle (6 point overbustle), driving my total to $620.
I also bought a longline bra from them at the first fitting for $95 cause they added cups to it. I was told I needed it for support when my new strapless was not enough. That is not included on the $620 due, cause I paid for it already. So at the end of the day they are making almost $720 off me. Anyway this price has been eating at me all day. While they are nice, albeit a little snooty, the dress looks good but I feel they are milking me to death on these alterations prices.
Should I tell her I am not happy with the final price or am I beyond that? I have to go there in a few days to pay and get the dress. I was thinking of calling her before to talk about this final cost but is it even worth it at this point? The person is an independant place and she does all her own work, hence she could give a break if she wanted. There was never a contract with an agreed final price, it was just added on fitting by fitting once things were determined, today was the first day I got the grand total.
Post # 3
um that seems high to me, did you not agree on a price before hand? going to buck it up and pay sorry you got stuck in an expsensive situation. but atleast it is all well and beautiful 🙂 because that is better than paying for it to be chopped up right
Post # 4
No price was agreed upon 🙁 I wish I did now and capped it somewhere to save me money and be comfortable. She is charging whatever the heck she feels and its way more then she should. All I got was the list of alterations prices that is midway of the final total and then it added onto that as we went.
Post # 5
That seems really high although I can’t be sure for your area. I would probably call and tell them it’s more than you wanted to spend so you’d like some time to go elsewhere to price shop. That’s assuming they haven’t started on the alterations already. I would also ask what is the last date you could have it back that they’d still do the alterations for you.
Post # 6
Well I dont know about where you live, but this seems really high!!
Post # 7
If I did my math right, the quote should total something between $520 and $580 with a 6-point bustle. You may want to ask how she figures 6 bustle points times $35 equals $250, but other than that $40 extra, it appears like you agreed to spend up to $580 already.
At least it looks great! Imagine if they’d butchered it and still tried to charge you!
Post # 8
Your alterations are more than Kleinfeld’s charges and that’s Manhattan. I don’t know what part of MA you live in, but I’m on the NH/MA line and it seems that you are being charged a lot in alterations. I have to get an 11 point French bustle for my darling dress because of the pick-ups and it’s costing about $200.
I’m not sure how you can approach it or if it’s too late to discuss this with her, but I’d go with something like, “based upon what you quoted me at our last fitting and the fact I have already purchased my bra, I was anticipating my final cost being $____, not $$$$. I’d also ask her to break down the charges. Just remember you paid for her expertise and she has delivered.
Post # 9
Wow, that’s almost as much as my entire dress cost. But unfortunately she’s done the work and I beleive yhou are in it now
Post # 10
I’m near metro Boston, hence the higher price probably. I did call her today to get a breakdown and she said my bustle is actually a 10 point bustle that should of been $350 ($35 per point) but she capped it at $250..lucky me and still expensive so that was my only consideration. I am glad I asked, I was under the impression it was 6 points, where the cost didn’t measure up to the bill (its still in the shop and I haven’t inspected it yet). Everything else looks great so I’m biting the bullet and coughing up the $620 in a few days. Thank you for all the responses!
Post # 11
$35 to sew on two tiny pieces of ribbon that tie together? Geez…
Glad my seamstress charged by the hour. I had a fourteen point bustle.
Post # 12
Well, devils advocate here- all dresses are not equal. Depending on how difficult your material is and how many layers (lace, etc.) this will drive up the cost of taking apart each layer and altering it. I don’t know how complicated the dress is so I dont’ know if this is part of the reason… Also, I have heard it is more expensive to take a dress in more than one size, so that could be another reason for the higher cost.
I have seen plenty of threads where bees have had their dresses butchered and found out the day before, so try to stay positive by keeping in mind that your dress has been handled perfectly and not been chopped up.
Post # 13
That’s outrageous!! I ordered my dress with the bustle points sewn in from the manufacturer. All my alterations (hem, bustle, change neckline to sweetheart, take in around waist and hips, corset tightened) were $200. I also live in a high priced area, but I feel like I got a good deal.
Post # 14
Well I’m embarrassed. I swear I read your post twice but still somehow missed that the alterations were being done already in my previous post. So I had to clarify. Sorry!
When I was getting my dress altered, she told me it would $200. I went to pay and I was told $230. I questioned and it was because I was having a 6 point bustle and she had originally quoted for a 3 or something like that and didn’t say during the fitting.
It seems to me they don’t always include their assumptions in their quote.
Post # 15
I actually think that’s pretty good. I’m having an 8 taken down to a 0/2 and paying $775. On a dress I bought as a sample for $500 (it was a $7000 dress so still a good deal).