Post # 1
I went for my first fitting yesterday. The alterations lady at the bridal salon is going to do the alterations in two parts (the cheaper part first), but she told me that she would quote me the full price so that I could decide if I wanted to go elsewhere.
I have no idea if this is decent or not, what did you pay?
Here is what they are doing:
2 sets of bra cups sewn in
About an inch taken in along both sides of the dress
$75 service fee
Total: $680 plus tax (12%)
Here is the dress, not sure if it makes a difference or not:
Post # 3
First- Your dress is STUNNING. Wow. I love it.
Second- I haven’t gotten alterations yet, but I that quote seems really high to me.
Post # 4
@MademoiselleL: What kind of bustle? The more complicated it is, the more they charge.
Post # 5
Holy moly! I had my dress taken down 2-3 sizes and cups sewn in and it cost well under half of that! Shop around–I’m sure you can do better.
Post # 6
WOW that is alot it seems….I haven’t gotten my dress yet but at each place I go I ask and the most I have been told is around 300.
Most places have said 200-300…..you might wanna just check at other bridal salons in your area….might also depend on where you are.
I live in Florida and have been to 5 different stores now dress shopping and 300 is the most I have been told!
Post # 7
My taking in is going to be about 175, no hem but mine was 175 hem to hollow. Bustle about 100. No sewing in cups..
Yikes.. I guess the hem to hollow took the sticker shock off of alterations for me. Still around $450. I did have some lady quote me just 300 for taking it in. The boning might be a pain in the but I know mine is.
Post # 8
@asscherlover: It’s actually the hem that is the most expensive out of that list, $280 of that is hem. The dress has three layers that need to be hemmed (crinoline, fabric, then chiffon overlay) so maybe that’s why it’s so expensive?
I’m not sure what the style of bustle is called, but they are doing two separate ones kind of. One bustle for the fabric underneath, and then a separate one for the chiffon overlay so that it “waterfalls” down properly.
Post # 9
Also, for those of you saying shop around…would you try and go to another bridal salon or find an independent seamstress? It just makes me nervous going elsewhere, but I don’t want to get totally overcharged either!
Post # 10
I paid $130 for about the same amount of work – taking in about 6 sizes, 1 inch hem, cups, and 13 pt under bustle. ETA: I went to an independant seamstress that I think I saw a recommendation for here on the bee, and then I dug a little deeper and found many great reviews on line so that put me at ease.
Post # 11
@MademoiselleL: Try an independent seamstress that has excellent reviews on Yelp. J Crew also can give suggestions for excellent tailors/seastresses in your area (even if you didn’t buy your dress from them, just email them and say that you did).
Post # 11
If this helps…I did a poll to see what the avg was because I was worried about being over quoted
How much did you pay for alterations?
based on that poll I think it’s too much
Also, my 5 layer hem only cost $95….
Post # 12
YIKES looks like this is a lot. Darn it!
I’m thinking maybe they can charge a lot because they are known as the biggest salon in the city and also they are the only salon that has Maggie Sottero dresses, so that does make me nervous to take it to someone else who has probably not altered one before.
I will have to contact some brides in my area (any Vancouver brides want to tell me what they paid?!) and see what the average price around here is. Maybe I can find a good independent seamstress. The salon is doing the bra cups and the taking in of the sides right now, which is costing about $170.
Post # 13
I paid a bit more than $400 for my alterations. (I think $680 sounds high, but I think I recall reading on WB that is the ballpark of what Kleinfeld’s charges for alterations. I have no idea if that is true or not, however.)
Post # 14
That’s $19 less than what I paid for my entire dress!!! Find an independent seamstress, thats what I did. I’m having it hemmed, taken in up top in the bust area, let out at the sides, and bustle for $165.
Post # 15
NO. Get another quote. This might be reasonable if your dress had several layers and something difficult like lace, but there are no embellishments.