Alterations Aren't Free???

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I didn’t expect them to be free since I had done a load of research.  Myy mother on the other hand was completely gobsmacked when she realised that not only was the dress we were ordering ‘not being made in my size’ but that I had to pay to have the alterations made when it came in.

I do get where shes was coming from though, eventually.  She was very worried that ‘the dresses were too small’ when I was trying on samples, I think the whole dress shopping experience was a bit of a shocker… We don’t do wedding dresses they way they did ‘back in the day,’ lets face it, everything is OTT now.

Post # 32
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I totally get it–I end up having to get a lot of my regular dresses altered because as others have said, even if you order according to measurements, it’s still not going to fit the contours of your body 100%. The last time I had a dress tailored (just a regular a-line day dress with a circle skirt), it cost roughly half of what I paid for the dress itself. 

I do a bit of sewing myself, though I’m not great at it, and it’s incredibly time-consuming to add darts, take the waist in, hem, etc. I have a friend who makes a lot of her own clothing (and cosplay) stuff, and it takes so much time to finish even one garment. And this is a woman who’s been sewing for most of her life! With alterations, you definitely get what you pay for, imo.

Post # 33
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

i definitely didn’t think they’d be free.. I’m actually reading these threads seeing that it is free for a bunch of people and impressed with that haha

Post # 34
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Wannabee

 There is a store in my area that does do alterations for free. But only one. I just had my first fitting today and my alterations will cost $540. My dress has 8 layers to it that need to be hemmed. That alone cost $300.

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My store has a sign right by the front desk notifying customers that alterations cost extra lol I’ve been in a few weddings so I didn’t expect the alterations to be free.

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