Post # 1
So I had my first alterations appointment yesterday, and I was there for 3 hours! Granted, there were a few interruptions and inefficiencies, but it still took forever to discuss everything and do all the pinning. I was also shocked at how expensive everything will be – about $400 altogether! And this is a dress in my size, with a corset back!
$35 to have sides taken in – they’re just about perfect now, but if I lose even a couple pounds it won’t lace up properly, so we’re taking them in to give some leeway
$12 to have the strap adjusted
$150 for the hem – it was a little too long to begin with, and there are 4-5 layers of fabric in the dress. I’ll also be wearing two different heel heights over the course of the night, so we had to find a way for it to work with both
$195 for the bustle – this was another huge one, but we’re going with a 9-point European bustle, and there was a lot of creative draping to have everything sit right, because it’s a pretty long/wide train
I just had NO idea it was so expensive, but seeing the breakdown and knowing how long the seamstress spent on her knees pinning, I understand. But still, $400 for alterations on a dress that already pretty much fit?? I included a picture below of me in my dress when it came in, with my heels for the ceremony, just so you can see the fit/style.
Was anyone else shocked at the time/cost of their alterations? How expensive were yours?
Post # 3
I knew it would be expensive, but I didn’t know it would be that much either. Mine came out to around $300. BARF!!! But I’m having an intricate buslte because my dress is on a bias cut, and I’m also having a corset added. Oh well. At least it looks great!
Post # 4
Here’s my alteration break-down:
Hem = $175
Bustle (short train, just a 1-point under-bustle) = $25
Boob pads = $20
TOTAL = $220
They also took in the sides, but they didn’t charge me for that.
Post # 5
I was originall quoted 250 for hem, bustle and minor work on the sides. but I’m only having a little work done on the sides around the bust area and maybe a very simple bustle. My dress only has a sweep train so i may not need one. I dont need a hem because its the perfect length already. So I’m hoping to stay under under 150
I also forget to add that I’m getting cups sewn in and that will cost 20 bucks
Post # 6
I was expecting mine to be a few hundred. But it ended up being $215, they had to take it in at the bust, hem, and a french bustle (I think 6 pionts). I was very happily suprised.
Post # 7
I was expecting it to be costly but mine only came out to be $75. I did order it with a hollow hem though so it didn’t need hemming which I think saved me. My price included being taken in a lot on both sides and adding a bustle.
Post # 8
Mine is a flat rate of 250. Your dress gorgeous!
Post # 9
@Miss OBG: i had the shock of my life a few days ago and wrote about it here:
my alterations cost me a whopping $620! this was more than half the cost of my dress!
the breakdown was:
hem = $300 (i think so much because of the layers)
$15 X 12 bustles = $180
Take in sides, waist & bust = $80
2 cups X $20 = $40
insertion of cups $10 X 2 = $20
Post # 10
I know for mine it shouldn’t be no more than 300. I will know by the end of the month my dress comes in then
Post # 11
@sweetlikecandy: Thank you! I’ve never heard anyone else talk about it, but I love it!
@dynamic_duo: That is astronomical! But seeing the breakdown, it doesn’t seem that absurd. My hemming was expensive (with like 5 layers), but since there’s no beading or anything, I guess it was a lot easier than it could’ve been. I was just glad I didn’t pay thousands for my dress initially, or it would’ve thrown me off even more. They told me the hem would be $150 when I bought it, and I still hadn’t decided on a bustle so I didn’t ask about that (silly me).
Post # 12
@Miss OBG: i did put a poll up to see where i fell relative to the majority. i was definitely in the minority. most people pay 300 or less i think.
Post # 13
@dynamic_duo: I just read your poll (and voted), guess I paid more than most people too. But with all the layers and the issue of two different shoes, I really feel like it’s not inappropriate. And I almost fainted too! I didn’t eat a big breakfast (because I wanted to feel skinny), so low blood sugar + heels + standing still = I needed to sit down, drink water, and eat like 12 Starburst. It was fun, but I was worn out by the end of it!
Post # 14
@Miss OBG: it was so weird feeling like i was about to faint. i wanted to feel skinny too and so i ate a really small supper the night before, then small breakfast. i think it was the tight corset that did me in! i started to light headed and my ears started ringing which my friend was a sign of being about to faint. so they made me sit down and eat a cookie! the seamstress didnt seem to think it was abnormal, she must be used to it!
i was glad it happened then so i know how to take care of myself on my wedding day!
Post # 15
Alteration did cost much. Any little change in the dress should be very cautious cause it may ruin the style.
Post # 16
I agree – some of the prices seem ridiculous. So far I spent $35 to put in a one point bustle, $20 for boob pads, and am going to another person who quoted $125 to alter the neckline to more sweetheart and possibly take in the sides. So all together would be $180 total. Less than pp above, but still way more than I budgeted.