(Closed) alterations estimates

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Well, a straight hem (no bustle), sewing in bra cups and bringing in the sides (no beading) for my dress totaled $240 in MA. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Maybe around $220….

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

P.S.  If you have it done at the bridal boutique (like me) it will definitely cost you more than going to an independent seamstress. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

P.S.  If you have it done at the bridal boutique (like me) it will definitely cost you more than going to an independent seamstress. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went to an independent seamstress in St. Louis: taken in at bust and at the back by the zipper, bustle added.  $95

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I found my independent seamstress on the knot (then again, I live in DC – and there are two women that EVERYONE goes to, so they weren’t that hard to find…).  You might want to try asking on the local boards here and there.

Once you find a seamstress or two to check out, just ask how much they would charge.  My seamstress told me upfront that it would be $200 for what I needed (hem, French bustle, remove hanging “ties” of belt and sew belt into zipper, belt tacked to dress), and that she capped all alterations at $200.  That ended up being incredible, as I also needed her to take in the dress at the waist in the end… it was SO nice knowing that that would not add to my bill

Also, when you are looking – be sure that the environment that the seamstress works in makes you comfortable.  My FI had a suit ruined by a tailor when the jacket got a big pen mark on it from an uncapped pen left in the tailor’s workspace.  I had nightmares about something like that happening to my wedding dress until I saw my seamstress’ workspace… it was all white and completely pristine.  I had no worries leaving my dress with her.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m going with an independent seamstress.  She estimates the hem, taking in sides, and bustle will be $175 – 300.  I got the same estimate from another seamstress, and $200 from a seamstress who’s never done bridal.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Have you tried writing a post on your local board on Weddingbee??  The local boards are great for that sort of thing. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

just remember some places might charge u a fitting fee before giving you a quote i learned that the hard way and wasnt told so i refused to pay her

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Well, here in Texas, I had a french bustle added, bra cups, taken in to more of a “mermaid” look, and a ribbon added in the seams with a crystal clip (I provided the clip) for $90. She had my dress for 4 weeks and I had 2 fittings.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It is so silly how wedding shops charge so much more!  I have a simple vintage stretchy lace dress that I bought at a bridal shop in my small NH town.  It was 80 dollars to put the bustle on (mind you it was 3 hooks).

I decided to take my dress after that to my favorite seamstress who did all the cups and hemming for my prom.

 

Guess what she charges???

 

18 dollars!  My mom thought she was joking.

Definitely don’t get your alterations done at the bridal shop….

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2006

An independent seamstress is usually more affordable than a salon.  Make sure she has extensive experience with bridal gowns and that you are comfortable with her doing you fittings and working with her.  For exact estimates it is best to take it to your seamstress.  Based on your description our alterations shop in Phoenix would probably charge $85-$125 for the alterations.

 

http://www.alterationsinc.com

 

 

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