(Closed) Alterations

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a tulle ball gown, and it fit like a glove (or so I thought) so I went in to just get a bustle and nothing else. This would have cost … I think … $50? or was it $30? 3-point American bustle; nothing fancy.

Then the alterations lady started giving me “the stare” and next thing I know she’s told me I need cups sewn in the front because my boobs are too small for the dress. Okay. Then she’s telling me that it’s too tight at the top and needs to be let out a little so my skin doesn’t bunch. Okay, but now I feel like this strapless dress is going to fall off. No problem, she says; we just need to take it in at the hips so it’s secure over the entire torso.

So my $50 alteration turned into a $170 alteration. So it goes!  So make sure you either bring extra money, or bring the strength of your convictions, because odds are good the alterations expert will see things you don’t see that could stand to be fixed up. Truth be told, I think everything she had me do was completely necessary and the dress looks better now than it ever did. But boy I was not expecting that price tag!!!

Post # 4
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

In total mine will cost $170.00. That includes sewn in cups/bra, adding extra beading to a portion where the seam drives me nuts and a pretty elaborate bustle.

Post # 5
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m getting the bust, waist, and hips taken in, deflating the poof of the skirt/resetting the hem, adding a bustle, and adding straps from the extra corset tie.  This is costing me about $120 total.  I found an independent seamstress who is very affordable.  Good luck!

Post # 6
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Well, I feel like I got ripped off now.

I had a hem and bustle with three points. It totalled $217. I went to david’s bridal so that is probably why I was charged a fortune. My dress is some faric with sequins all over it and it has tulle over the sequens…..sounds sort of bad but it’s actually really pretty! lol


Post # 8
1761 posts
Buzzing bee

I only had a bustle added (I got two options–French and American.) It was $25. Since you don’t need anything serious done, I’d check out just a regular tailor (which is what I did) rather than a place that specializes in wedding dresses. They should have better prices.

Post # 11
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely skip the bridal salon and find a good local seamstress or tailor. I am having my dress changed completely – taken in, bust tightened up, changed from a court train to a tea length, having 2 layers of crinoline removed, and having red lace sewn to the remaining crinoline and I’ll be paying $80. The seamstress told me that bridal salons usually overcharge, in part because a lot of brides don’t realize there are other, less expensive places to go.

Good luck! 

Post # 12
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went with a regular tailor that was highly reccommended to me. My dress is an A-line with 7 layers (I think) to be hemmed, I also had a French Bustle added. It cost $150, plus she steamed my dress for free! The dress store that I bought my dress from wanted to charge me $300!

Post # 13
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Cost my $275 for cups, taking down a size, hem, and elaborate French bustle.

Post # 14
23 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I got mine taken in, a bustle put in, hemmed a lot (I’m all of 5’1″!) steamed and will probably get cups put in. It ran me $385! Now I’m feeling like I got taken. Yikes.

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