(Closed) Alteration pricing

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did you spend on alterations

    Under $499



    Over $2000

  • Post # 17
    106 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch

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    Carrielicious:  I had a hunch you were in the Bay Area with those prices! I’m planning to use Fichie who has a shop on Divis and Chestnut in the Marina. My yoga studio is nextdoor and I pass by all the time. I was hesitant to use an independent seamstress, but then I found out that a neighbor who bought a 6K designer dress used Fichie and abslutely adores her. So now I’m pretty sold. I’m planning to start alterations to my Monique Lhuillier sample dress in January. Here’s a pic of her pricing:


    Post # 18
    2031 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I voted under 499, but it was like 450- so at the upper end of it.  However, we were also given 150 credit towards alterations (we paid full price for the dress, so it is pretty much the same as those who get a small discount when buying the dress).  My dress was lace and I’m very pair shaped.  I had to order a size 10 for my hips but was a 2 on the bust.  I pretty much had everything altered except the hips (including adding cups, doing the hem and a bustle).  

    Post # 19
    2 posts

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    Carrielicious:  Personally, I am going to take my dress to an alterations person because the alterations prices people are paying are highway robbery.

    Post # 20
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    The quotes in your poll seems extremely inflated. I know you’re in CA, but I would just take your dress to get a quote elsewhere, particularly an independent shop with good reviews. 

    Post # 21
    4113 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    My alterations were approx $900.

    Despite my protests, they ordered the dress in way too big and it needed extensive alterations. By the time the dress came in (8 months later), I had dropped about 15 pounds.. Which I said I would at the time of purchase.

    I also didn’t like the buttons so they had to re do them, cut off the train and move all of the lace detailing up, reshape the cups, and completely restructure the corset. Its a ridiculous cost but, my dress fits like a glove and I couldn’t be happier.

    Post # 22
    417 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Holy smokes!

    I bought my dress at a sample sale, so the alterations costed $600:


    -Changed neckline to a sweetheart

    -Lowered the back

    -Added vintage pearl buttons up the back

    -took it in quite a bit



    -completely re-did the entire bottom half of my dress..

    Here’s a before & after

    Post # 23
    2221 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    Yikes! Your poll options are even more than I paid for my dress!!!!!! The salon quoted me $125 for the hem but I think I’m going to look to take it to an independant shop because it might need more than that by the spring. 

    Post # 24
    83 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Bartram\'s Garden

    In New York City, my alterations were quoted at a starting price of $600.  I got the entire dress shaped to my body (beyond the normal fit), extended the zipper (to compensate for said fit), and added cups.  My second fitting is this weekend, so we will see how far beyond that I’ve gone! 

    Honestly, I thought my alterations were quoted a bit high, but didn’t protest due to the quality of service I’ve been receiving.  Anything beyond 5-8 I think is almost absurd!  Independant seamstresses do wonderful work, and is absolutely a great alternative to the “bridal” price tag hikes. 

    Post # 25
    522 posts
    Busy bee

    Boston here. $300 for a sample size 12 to go to a 6. added a sash and bra. 

    Post # 26
    121 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Fort Lauderdale Beach

    Miami here, paid $280 to take in the chest, waist, hips, thighs, and hem the bottom.

    Post # 27
    10972 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Just poking in here to say that I used a lady in Milpitas in the bay area – she was pretty reasonable for me.  Let me know if you’re still looking!

    Post # 28
    677 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m in MN and I paid $100. That was for shortening (it was like 10″ too tall) and for the bustle.This was at the bridal salon too.

    Post # 29
    496 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    i paid 245 for a petticoat, dress length shortened and bust taken in


    Post # 30
    846 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I went on Thursday for mine. i didn’t expect them to be as much as they were.. Mine was $428. I am having it shortened, taken in two places, and buttons added along the zipper. I think the price is crazy since the dress was $600. But I am so excited that it doesnt even matter

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