(Closed) Should Alterations Cost This Much?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I just had my “final” fitting a couple days ago and it still didn’t fit properly. I got a bustle, it was hemmed and i needed my waist and bust taken in and I paid $225 for everything. I’m sure I’ll have to pay more next time when I go back because apparently they had to go into a tricky seam around my bust to make it fit!

 

Good luck. Whatever you do, go to someone experienced in wedding dresses, they’re completely different and more complicated than anything else!

@andmuzic4all:  

Post # 4
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1989 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Umm mine cost me near $500.  After I paid that I heard from other shops it should have been closer to $150 or $200.  Are you saying the quote was $80 total?

Post # 6
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1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

With most alterations, it doesn’t really matter how much fabric they have to cut, it still needs to be taken apart, cut and sewn back together so the amount of labor doesn’t really change whether they take it in alot or a little. I think the $80 is a fair price.

Post # 7
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341 posts
Helper bee

Maybe call around and ask what other seamstresses charge. I started going to the seamstress at the bridal shop where I bought my dress but she was refusing to do things I thought needed to be done, ie – take in the bust (you could see right down the top!) and hips and said that with steaming it would all be ok. I paid her $200 to change the back from buttons to a corset because she said that would shorten it enough and take it in enough that I wouldn’t have to do anything else to it.. well, she was wrong. I went to another seamstress who owns her own shop and she pointed out what she thought it needed (hemming, taken in in the bust and hips, straightening out the puckering in the bodice and steaming, steaming, steaming) and when she was done pinning, it looked waaaaay better. I don’t know yet what it’ll cost but I’m guessing around $300. The first seamstress quoted $55 for a 3 point bustle, $150-200 just to hem it, $50 to sew a belt on and $50 for each spot I wanted taken in, 4 total. 

Post # 8
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341 posts
Helper bee

sorry.. double post

Post # 10
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1989 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

yikes.  If thats the case, it couldn’t hurt to go talk to another seamstress to find a better fit.  

Post # 11
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449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

One store was quoted at $695 for alterations. $80 would be a steal!

Post # 12
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449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@andmuzic4all:  If you’re uncomfortable though, it couldn’t hurt to look around and even if you pay a BIT more as long as you feel 100% okay with leaving your dress with someone. You don’t sound thrilled about the store you’re sealing with.

Post # 13
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822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

$80 is a steal but you should be completely comfortable with your alterations person.  teh cost of alterations depends a lot on the style.  my alterations cost over $500 for one dress and it was just to take it in and hem it about a inch.  another dress was over $600.

 

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