Post # 1
Where did you ladies get your bridal gowns altered? At the store where you purchased the gown? By a seamstress unaffiliated with the shop? What was your experience like? Roughly, what did you end up spending on things like hemming the gown, bustle, altering side seams, etc?
Post # 3
I had my alterations done at the place where I bought my dress, mostly for simplicity’s sake.
It was $200 for everything, which included about 6 inches of hemming, the bustle, and taking in the entire bodice on both sides (because I lost about 15 pounds since the time I had ordered my dress, which I was excited about, but was definitely a costly change.) My dress had beading around the bust and waist, so that make it more expensive because they had to carefully remove the beading in those areas, take the bodice in and then sew the beads back on so that it looked seamless and even. Things I never thought of when I ordered the dress…
Oh well. I would do it there again if I had to. I appreciated having the store manager there when I was being fitted – she helped to make sure that the woman doing the alterations was doing what i wanted, and not what she thought was best, which I appreciated.
Oh, and considering that my dress was only $495, I felt like $200 for alterations was outrageous, but after having some other dresses altered elsewhere, I actually feel like I got a good deal considering everything that she had to do.
Hope this helps.
Post # 4
I got my alterations done by an independent seamstress. I didn’t buy my dress at a salon, so I really didn’t have any other choice.
I used Nancy Smith in Ellwood City. I’m not sure where you are in Pgh, but it’s about 45 mins north of the city. I want to say my alterations were $65 total. It was $15 to get it taken in and fix the bead work as needed, $10 for her to put on the straps (I wanted them permanently attached) and $40 for my 5 point French bustle. My bridesmaids purchased dresses from Alfred Angelo and, those who needed it, got alterations done by Nancy, too. I think the most anyone paid was $20 and that was for taking it in and raising the hem.
We all got a good deal and she did a great job. Going with a local, independent seamstress can save you some $$$!
Post # 5
@deviledegg – Thank you! I’ll get in touch with her once my dress finally arrives. Does anyone else have any recommendations for non-bridal-shop seamstresses in the Pittsburgh area? I get the feeling that having my alterations done where I purchased my gown is going to cost me a *fortune*, so I’m super interested in any alternatives!