(Closed) Alterations

posted 5 years ago in Dallas
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Becky Fowler in Irving gets a lot of great reviews, so I chose her. As for reasonably priced – I definitely think so. As she was taking a close look at my dress’s seams and beading, she warned me that they would be a very very expensive alterations. I’m having it hemmed (complicated beaded lace layer, satin layer, petticoat layer), taken in at the sides, taking in the intricately beaded straps, inserting cups, and adding a bustle – ALL that is “very very expensive” clocking in at $250. The way she was talking I was bracing myself for a $500 bill! She told me your average salon would’ve easily charged me $600-700 for all of it. She keeps her prices low because she works out of her home rather than rent a shop.

I can’t yet vouch for her quality (my dress is still in progress) but she has good reviews on yelp and weddingwire.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@aggie2010:  How did your alterations turn out? I was thinking of using Becky as well and would appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

@swtvt712:  Really good! It fit snugly everywhere it needed taken in, and the single-point bustle for my heavy beaded train held on all night. Great work as far as I could tell 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@aggie2010:  I gave Becky a call, and her max quote was $10 cheaper than my lowest quote so far. I am so excited to start alterations. Well…I’m more excited for my dress to come in (postponed to this coming week) so here’s hoping!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

@LTD418:  Good luck 😀

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m using Becky Fowler simply based on all the recommendations I have seen on her work.  My dress is pretty ornate, and I don’t want to hand it off to just anyone.  My mom, who is an expert seamstress herself, called to talk to her and felt very confident that she could do the job.  First fitting on Thursday!

 

Will keep you posted!

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m using Ruth Calvert from Nouvelle Vie Alterations in Plano; she also works out of her home.  I can’t attest to the work she does because she’s in the middle of altering my gown, but she’s very personable and cool.  She knew exactly how I wanted to have my bustle done and made some great suggestions about undergarments to wear.

To take in my lace and slip gown, put in cups, hem it, and put in a bustle, she’s charging $275 total.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Anise:  Please keep us posted with the final result

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just picked up my dress from Becky Fowler, and I could not be more thrilled.  Becky is an absolute joy, she does an amazing job, and she’s much more reasonable than I could have ever imagined.

I had an extensively beaded dress (Stephen Yearick), and it needed to be taken up quite a bit, especially in the shoulders needed cups in the bust, and a bustle.  Becky did all of it for $150 in two weeks.

She made me feel very good, and she’s efficient.  My mom took her a dress that would need to have the top completely remade, and she had a plan for it within minutes. 

I would recommend booking her ASAP because she gets quite a bit of business, even working out of her home.  I was lucky to find her from reading her reviews and wedding boards!   I whole-heartedly and happily recommend her.  🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I just got back from my first appointment with Becky Fowler so thought I’d come in to update. She was amazing! I had an idea of a bustle that I wanted that she’s never done before. I showed her a picture and bam! There it was mocked up. I’ll be picking up my dress in 2 weeks and can’t qait to see the end result. She’ll be shortening a veil for me from chapel to fingertip, hemming my dress, adding a bustle, and fixing some loose beading for 175. My dress is a french taffeta with lace and beading details. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LTD418:  I second this. I used Becky Fowler for my bustle and she altered my mom and MOH’s dresses. She did a great job, her prices were reasonable. She was SO sweet too!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@aggie2010: I know we are in different states- but that is very reasonable!!

I just finished up my alterations.  I had a corset back put in, taken in at the sides, and hemmed all the way around (I chose to get rid of most of my train)- and it was $428.  My bustle alone would have cost $220 if I would have kept it.  My seamstress was amazing- but like any other human could have, she made a little mistake—the outer layer of tulle got caught IN MY BODICE while she as sewing it back up.  The needle snagged the tulle.  She was able to fix the mistake by relayering the tulle, but I was a little sad!!

Post # 14
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Newbee

Great thread- thanks for all of this info. I wasn’t sure how much to expect alterations to cost- but I’m assuming between 200-300 to be reasonable? 

 

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