(Closed) Alteration costs–what’s normal?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m paying $125 for 2 bustle buttons and to hem the length.

Post # 4
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

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.

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