(Closed) Alterations Cost

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much were your alterations?
    less than $100 : (3 votes)
    7 %
    $100-150 : (6 votes)
    13 %
    $150-200 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    $200-250 : (8 votes)
    17 %
    $250-300 : (6 votes)
    13 %
    greater than $300 : (21 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’d say from what i’ve seen on the Bee, $300-500 is pretty typical. Mine were about $250 (had a seam let out in the bust that required a lot of structured work).

    Post # 4
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    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Oddly enough, getting a dress made for you using your measurements will usually cost less overall (if you consider dress cost + alterations).

     

    So my alterations will end up costing $0.

     

    Note: my bust was a size 18, the rest of me an 8. So perhaps alterations needing that much time and effort would cost more than a bride who fits into a size category.

     

     

     

    Post # 5
    Member
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Mine are a flat rate of $695

    Post # 6
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    7206 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I will find out tonight! I’m pretty worried because I lost almost thirty pounds between buying my dress and now so it’s rather large. My seamstress assured me that she can fix it but that it is likely to be more expensive. Fingers crossed that they don’t have to take anything apart and just have to take it in…

    Post # 8
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    1193 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I went in thinking the worst after I read how much some bees paid, but mine ended up being only $125!  I had to get the bust taken in as it was too big and and a bustle…so I did not need that much work done.

    Post # 9
    Member
    133 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Mine are going to be just under $500 for:  take in the bodice, alter the neckline, bust cups, bustle, and hemming.  But I have a very detailed dress with a lot of lace that needs to be taken off to make the changes and then reapplied after the changes are made – lots of detailed work.

    Post # 11
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    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Mine were $290ish. Put cups in, hem a couple inches, and then they took it in around my midsection. With all the rouching and beading that part was a lot of work. I went in on Saturday and it still wasn’t tight enough (or else I lost more weight) so they are taking it in again and I won’t have it back until 1 week before my wedding so I’m hoping it’s in enough by then! They were like don’t lose anymore weight!! 

    Post # 12
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    1004 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    as of right now they stand at $425.

    I about died too lol

     

    but here is what I’m having done…

    all lace dropped waist ball gown, must be shortened (all 10 layers…lining, 3 acrynolin, 5 of netting and one of lace , all via waist seam as bottom of gown is finished)

    side seams taken in

    bust cups added

    10 point bustle because train is incredibly long and you can’t cut the train off because the dress bottom is all one piece of lace.

     

    Post # 13
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    7206 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Just finished my first fitting. I am adding cups, adjusting the bust line, getting it hemmed, adding a bustle, and taking it in quite a bit at the waist. The dress has ruching and quite a bit of beading at the waist. My alterations are $280. I was expecting a much higher cost but I used an independent seamstress so I wonder if this helped keep the costs down.

    Post # 14
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    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    mine were $1078, but they did have to add 2 panels to my lazaro becuase I needed about a bridal 32 and they only go up to 28.. the workmanship is exquisite!!!!

    Post # 15
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    4436 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Mine were $610 +tax..yuck!! Ugh the worst is paying for alterations, but there’s no way around it. 

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