Post # 1
I had my first dress fitting on Saturday at DB. Not only did it take the woman over 2 HOURS to pin my dress (alterations: length taken up, sides taken in very slightly, bustle), but the total cost was $311!!! I bought my dress off the rack back in December at DB, and only paid $250. I went ahead and paid for the alterations at the time (because I was ready to get the heck out of there!) but now I’m having second thoughts. Should I call back up there and tell them I will take my dress for alterations elsewhere? They will not actually be doing any sewing on my dress until I go back up in March. I’ve talked to several people since Saturday, and no one can believe how much they charged me.
I was just curious to see how much you paid for alterations…and what you think I should do regarding my alterations and dress?
Post # 3
@teacherlacey: I haven’t had my alterations done yet, but I was SHOCKED when DB quoted me for all the little things I’ll need to get my dress to fit perfectly. It would definitely be half that (or even less) somewhere else. It doesn’t hurt to go and get a quote from a local seamstress/alteration company.
Post # 4
If you already paid them, you might have a tough time getting that money back. :S
I got a quote from DB and it wasn’t too bad. They quoted $17 for the neckline to be changed (“pinched” into a sweetheart), $57 for a 3-point bustle, and $137-171 for it to be hemmed (which I’m not sure that I even need at this point).
ETA: I know that’s a lot of money for a hemline, but my dress has a pile of layers with a sheer organza on top so that might be why. I agree that it can’t hurt to get another quote or two, I’m just worried if you’ve already paid the money to DB! I think they’re very into “final sales”.
Post # 5
I’d definitely take it around to independant seamstresses and get a few more quotes. From two different independants I got a huge range in quotes of $350 & $130!!! When I bought BM dress at DB and just needed a simple hem, I was shocked they charged $50! My friend went to the seamstress I had my wedding gown altered at to take her bm dress in (she was 8 months preg the first time she wore it) and was charged $10 and it was done in 45 minutes. DB wanted like $80 and 2 weeks.
Post # 6
Um, I guess if you already paid, it’s kind of like water under the bridge at this point. However, $311 is a loooot for dress alterations, so if you’re able to get the money back, that may not be such a bad thing. I was quoted about $310 for alterations, took it to an independent seamstress (who is AMAZING) and she quoted me $130 for hem, taking the sides in, and bustling.