Post # 1
So I went to All Fit Tailoring and Alterations on Newbury St and was given a price of $520 to alter my dress that I bought on ebay (J. Crew Sara Lace Gown). The yelp reviews looked really great and everyone said the price was reasonable, but after doing a little bit of digging, it seems a few things are very overpriced… Here’s the breakdown from what I can remember (I wish I had gotten a written price breakdown and their price list, but was in such a rush that I forgot).
$30 to fix the shoulders<br />$120 to hem the dress<br />$120 for the bustle (at first I was told $180 for a 3-point bustle and I had no idea what that even meant)<br />$150 to bring the dress size down one size<br />$80 sew in cups<br /><br />I’m missing another $20 in there somewhere… Initially I was told it would be $500 for the alterations with a 3-pt bustle, but that it would be $60 cheaper with just a one-point which is what I ended up needing… but it seems like the typical price for a one-point is $60 and that sewing cups in is around $35-50. So we ended up at $440 at first as I was taking the dress off and since I bought the dress off of ebay, I didn’t have a garment bag, so they “gave” me one which is normally $20, but I think they ended up including that in the price because they forgot to include the cups in the price from the start… so then tacked on the extra $80. I just wonder if it was originally $60 and they just added the garment bag or whatever.
Does anyone have any insight as to whether these prices are typical? Anyone have recommendations for other places around Boston/outside of Boston?
Post # 2
I just picked up my wedding dress yesterday after three fittings at Alterations by Hranush in Watertown. My experience there was amazing! Hranush is very nice and very talented. I can’t reccomend going there enough.
It was $510 but I have a very intricate dress and needed new straps, a new zipper, cups sewn in and a five point bustle put in.
Post # 3
I’ll also mention that she ran the prices by me at the very first fitting and it stayed that price until the last fitting.
Post # 4
Try Queen Dressmakers in Belmont. She did basically the same alternations you listed (except taking it in one size) on my dress for $400. Bring it in and see what she quotes you. She does an amazing job!
Post # 5
I forgot to add the link for you!
my bridesmaid is getting Married the month after me and is brought her dress to Queens Dressmaker. I went with and felt she didn’t get the same service as I did during my alterations. also she quoted her the same price (after going on and on about how difficult it would be even though she just needed it taken in) as I paid and I got more done to my dress.
Post # 6
Broken down into all the things you need to have done, that price starts to sound pretty reasonable to me. But I’m certainly not an expert in alterations! I will say though, are you sure you only need a 1-point bustle? Those are infamous for breaking early on in the night. I think you’re much better off going with the three point, but that’s just based on all the stories I’ve read/heard about people’s bustles breaking and then they have to carry their dress, tie it in knots, change, etc.
Post # 7
BeeinBoston: LoveMyBrit: lindyhop15:
Thanks for all your advice!
I’ll ask about three point… she was saying that the three point would make the dress look bunchier because of the way the dress flares out. It’s a lunchtime reception with a really small venue so other than first dance, I won’t be moving all a ton. It just seemed having the bra cups sewn in at $80 seemed a lot and that the bustle prices at places I’ve been researching/what others have been saying in Boston are 30-50 per point so I wasn’t sure if $120 made sense.
And I’ll definitely call Alterations by Hranush in Watertown… did you also have your dress taken in?