Post # 1
I went for my first fitting yesterday with the seamstress that was recommended by my bridal shop (they don’t do alterations in-house). They had raved about this lady and said she was very affordable so I went with confidence. The dress is a ballgown with a sweetheart crumb catcher top (Houston by Watters) and in terms of the work, she’s taking it in about 2.5 inches at the waist (the bodice has boning), several inches at the hem, creating the bustle (it has a fairly decent train), and adjusting the bust area so that it fits flush against me. She’s also adjusting the detail at the waist, which came crooked from the manufacturer. She was lovely and at the end she wrote up the bill with the price…of $700! I was totally shocked as that’s more than double what I expected to pay. I’m in NYC, which I know is pricey, but I’m curious how much other people had to pay for their alterations. I honestly was not expecting it to be that much at all. I’ve read amazing reviews about her and she really seemed to know what she was doing, but still…700 dollars?!?!
Post # 3
I’m paying $125 for 2 bustle buttons and to hem the length.
Post # 4
By the design of the dress it looks like she may have to take apart most of the dress to take in the waist by that much and finish the alterations you have requested. Taking apart the dress in this manner is extremely time consuming. How many layers are under the out layer? Or is it a separate petticoat? In the end, for the NYC area, she is probably in the ball park range of what you could expect to pay.
Post # 5
I am in the state of Washington and my bill is going to be $422.99. With my crinoline and my heels, I won’t need a hem, but I do need it taken out and reshaped at the bust and taken out at the sides; there is boning in the corset. I am also getting a 6 point french bustle, steaming, and pressing. I about choked when she told me, but she is excellant and my gown is a ballgown with a lot of lace. I am sure it would have been close to the same as yours, if I would have also needed a hem.
Post # 6
Thanks so much for your replies, ladies. That really does help me feel a little bit better about it. Getting married in this city is so frustratingly expensive sometimes!