(Closed) Alteration Estimates?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have taken several gowns in for alteration quotes.  Normally they tell me they’ll just tack that visit on to my final bill (but if I don’t end up using them, then I wouldn’t have ended up paying).

The place I go to charges $20/hr if the gown came from their shop or $30/hr if it’s an outside gown.

These three things I have been quoted for on three different gowns, so this is my only reference!

  • 1 point bustle – 1 hour
  • simple hem, sash sewn in, hook/eye replaced – 2 hours
  • bust line taken in 1 inch – 2 hours

They ask (in a polite way) if this is the weight you intend to be for the wedding day.  She did not want me getting alterations until like 1 month prior to the wedding day (2 week turnaround).  Really depends on the place and what they recommend for a final fitting.

Post # 5
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I took my dress in to get altered one month in advance. I got a recommendation for a seamstress along with an email, so I emailed back and forth with her about a month before I took it in. She was able to give me a pretty close estimation from my descriptions and pictures I sent. I see that you are in VA, but it’s a huge state…if you’re in NoVA, I’d recommend the woman I saw. Lien’s in Herndon..

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