(Closed) Alterations cost

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i dont know if this will help you at all – i hope some girls who bought from DB can help you out. but i took mine to a little alterations place here and my dress was a 6 and i probably had them take it in to a 5, sweetheart the neckline a little more than it was, hem and bustle. it cost me $250

Post # 4
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I paid $300 for bustle, bottom hemmed and boob cups put in.

Post # 6
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve read multiple times on other boards that DB is a total rip off when it comes to alterations.  Are you sure you don’t want to ask for a referral on here or look on wedding wire?  I got a referral on here and I am SO happy with the lady I am working with.   Just because you bought the dress there it doesn’t mean you have to do the alterations there.

Post # 7
12 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

Findiing a local seamstress you can trust is an awesome thing.  If you can afford to have clothes altered to you, it makes all the difference in the world.  All of the times I’ve been a bridesmaid, it was out of state and the dresses were shipped to me – so I found a local woman a few years back and have stuck with her for everything.  She’s actually having FUN working on my wedding dress after doing so many Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses in the past! 

It’ll cost me right under 200 for hem, bodice fitting, additional inner support, and probably three fittings.  Flower girl will be $40 to take it from a 12 down to an 8/10. 

Post # 8
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m paying $75. DB quoted me close to $200.00 for the same thing.

Post # 9
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m using a local seamstress, too.  I did see a sign in the dressing room at DB when I was trying on dresses.  It gave the starting prices for certain types of alterations (hem, bustling, sleeves, etc).  The cost could go higher…much higher, though.  I think a lot of profit the company makes is from alterations.

Post # 10
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Mines cost 165 just to start:

  • bustle,
  • bottom hemmed to a size 5″2

and still not finished she broke up my alterations since it was so early and I have to go back with differnt undergarment.

If I knew someone I trusted to do my alteration I would not have went to DB.

Post # 11
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It also depends where you are.  Here in MA, my friend had to pay $600. I think that was for taking it in a bit and the bustle.

Post # 12
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I paid $100 for a fancy bussle with extra tacks.

Post # 13
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would definitely suggset not doing it through DB and finding a few local seamstress for quotes.  Even from seamstress to seamstress I got hugely different pricing, but it was definitely less than what any store would have charged me.  For taking in the dress from a 10 to about a 4, adding cups, hemming, and any bustle of my choosing, I’m paying $130.  Another independant had quoted me $300.

Post # 14
829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yesterday I paid $170 to get my lace dress shortened – she has to take the lace off of the bust, shorten the lace/fabric underneath, and then re-attach the lace.  I’m kind of pissed off because I paid $50 to have the dress made my length – it was too long when it came in.  I will have to go back to get the hips taken in and a bustle put in.  The seamstress said it won’t be that much.  I’m hoping!! I only paid under $800 for the dress to begin with.

Post # 15
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@star_shine – Budgeting for alterations is a lil’ tricky. You don’t really know what exactly needs to be adjusted until you get there & costs vary from seamstress to seamstress & states. I did a lil’ research and I kept getting numbers from $200-$300, so I set ours to a max of $300. When it came to my dress I felt it was best to budget for more than not have enough. Seeing we were on a tight budget, this meant I had to cut things from other areas of course. In the end, mine ended up being $260 for a 3 point bustle, bust taken in, cups added, and petticoat hem.

Good Luck! Laughing

Post # 16
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wish I already had a seamstress who I knew and trusted, cuz on my wedding dress would not be the time to experiment! So, I’m going with DB. :-/

I think mine is about $150 for some serious bust/waist alterations, then will be another $100 for a rather complicated hem and a bustle.

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