(Closed) Alterations – how much?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought my dress true to size, and I only need a French bustle and possible hemline straightening, but it’ll come in less than $100.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you go to a professional salon, you will pay more.  I happen to know a friend who knows a friend who’s a seamstress.  But the salon I bought my dress at gave me the names of a few local ladies she recommended using (they would have been like $200 but still reasonable).  Try searching for someone local who works out of their home.  Have you tried a dry cleaners?  Some will do alterations in house.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Anytime.  If it is lace, you might feel better and be much happier with the result by just paying the extra and having it professionally done.  I think it’ll be worth it in the end!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FoxyBride14:  I paid 485 ..they let out the bust, took in the waist, hemmed it, and put in a 16 point bustle. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I went with a highly recomended Yelp seamstress. All that I needed was a bustle, total was $100.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My dress cost £140 for the top, and £70 for the length.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FoxyBride14:  Yeah. Mine was a lot of layers and lace, so I know it was a total b*tch to alter. lol 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I was alllmost the right size for my dress, but it had to be altered down about 1 size, if that. It ended up being about 400$ because of all of the layers she had to hem, and to add cups and bustle. This is at David’s Bridal. When I was married years ago it was about 400$ to get my other dress altered at an outside place, too. I think it will ultimately depend on how intricate your dress is.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I found a small steamstress shop in town that had good reviews and I ended up paying $235 for a bustle and hemming. Here’s a picture of the bottom of the dress to give you an idea of what it was going to take to hem it.

So basically each invididual lace piece on the bottom has to be taken off by hand and then sewen back in after hemming. We are only doing the front half since it’s got a long train. I feel like I got a pretty good deal even though the ladies said it would be expensive. 

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