Post # 1
I bought my dress off the rack (it’s a sample), so I’ll be taking it to an intependant seamstress for alterations.
Is it customary to go and get an estimate for alterations? If so, how far in advance? I’m trying to lose some weight (which may change the alterations plan a bit). But, i’d love to have a ballpark figure soon so I can factor it into my budget.
Post # 3
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 # 4
Anyone have any guidance as to when I should start to seek alterations estimates?
Post # 5
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..