(Closed) Alterations?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i bought my dress at a kleinfeld’s sample sale so i can’t get it altered there (and even if i did buy it there, i would have had to spend $4000 minimum, which i think is absurd). their standard alterations price is $625 and that’s it. i’ve been in contact with several seamstresses that are independent, and i’ve been quoted anywhere from $350 – $1000. cost seems to depend truly on how complicated your dress is and what you need done. if your dress is relatively easy to take in, hem or lengthen, and add a bustle, your alterations will be on the lower end. but if your dress has lots of beading, ruching, etc. and you want to change a neckline, or add a sash or more lace & beading, or take in 3 sizes, or change a corset back to a zip-up, that can add to your costs considerably.

Post # 5
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826 posts
Busy bee

@CellaDee: also know that some alteration places might charge u a fitting fee for them to estimate the cost of the alterations if u decide not to use them. I went to one place and she tried to charge me a fitting fee without letting me know in the first place when i called asking about alterations and even when i got there there was so sign or anything indicating a fitting fee.

Post # 6
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2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

When I bought my dress, I was told it would be about $200 to have it done at the shop. They’ll be pretty minor though – just talking it in at the waist and armpits, adding bra cups. and fixing a small fray on the back.

Post # 7
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7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@CellaDee: I bought my dress at a bridal salon and took it to an independent tailor who has a good reputation in my area. The dress started off as the sample and I had a lot done to it. I had the back changed to a deep V, I had the straight neckline changed to a sweetheart, I had the flowers that were on the hip taken off, I had it shortened, taken in several sizes, added a bustle. All of this cost me about $380.

Post # 8
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1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

My dress didn’t need alterations.

However, a friend of mine took hers to a MEN’s tailor instead–a lot of men’s tailors know a lot more about sewing and construction because men’s clothing tends to be more well, tailored. They did a great job and it wasn’t that expensive.

On the other hand, her dress was on the simple side without crazy beading and stuff.

Post # 9
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I didn’t end up needing any alterations for size (just adding a bustle and snaps)but i would suggest if where you buy your gown does alterations and you need them, get them done there. If you take it someplace they won’t guarantee replacement if they screw it up…i think most bridal shops will. I know David’s Bridal does (even tho people complain their alterations are expensive they are guaranteed).

Post # 10
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459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I spent $225 for taking it in substantially, hemming substantially, and a bustle from an independent seamstress. My understanding is that was cheap for my area, and that alterations from a dress shop can run upwards of $600.

Post # 11
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2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mine was $140 and included: taking the dress in on the 2 side seams, adding a bustle, adding 1-2 layers of crinoline under the dress (I didn’t want to have to wear a trumpet slip), and shortening some of the boning (it was bigger than my butt and I didn’t want pointy curves!).

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