(Closed) Alterations – who knew they cost so much/took so long??

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Man you guys are gonna hate me but mine are only $140!  Granted I decided to go with an independent seamstress that works out of her home and specializes in wedding dresses.  Here is what she is doing:

– Hem – about 4-5 layers I think

– Taking in 2 inches in the waist

– 2 point over bustle

– Sewing in bra cups

– Adding a waist stay (inner corset system)

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, it is just crazy how much some of the alterations cost! My dress just came in yesterday and I haven’t tried it on yet but now I am scared of how much the alterations are going to cost!! I was told when I ordered that cups would cost $45 ($15 for each on plus $15 to put them in) $60 for steaming/pressing the gown and $15 for a bustle (any kind). I sure it will need a hem even though I ordered a petite length and I am considering taking off the train. I hope I am not in for a shock like some of you girls got!!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Miss OBG: WOAH!!!  A repair man once charged my mother $20 PER screw to put her blinds up.  Sewing is somewhat the same  (unless you get it done oversees, or find a relative/friend to do it) 

Unbelievable!  My mother went to design school and also I have a general idea how to sew myself so that definitely helps.  No wonder people ask her to fix/alter things for them, it would cost them a fortune outside. 

$175 hem?  Are they doing it by hand?  

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am terrified of what mine will be! I have a giant ass train so the bustle is going to need a million and one points, I have going to have to have it let out some (purchased a sample a size too small) hemmed and the strap shortened. I might even need some beading taken out from under the arms to prevent raw arms by the end of the night! I was terrified before but I am tempted to take it in somewhere to start getting quotes so I can save up… my $98 dress is probably going to become a $800 dress…

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I can’t believe hemming a dress costs so much! D:

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My alterations are a flat $450, but I know that I will need:

– small bustle

– straps removed

– sides taken in (yay, Insanity workout routine!)

– steaming out wrinkles

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@ms.walter:  I bought my bra cups online for $15 shipped!  I got them from someplace called yourdreamdress.com and they give my little girls a bit of lift too.  My seamstress is sewing them in for just $5. 

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Mine came to $400 as well, and that included taking the dress in 1-2 sizes (hooray for weight loss), putting in a sweetheart neckline, sewing in cups, hemming, and putting in a tricky bustle (asymmetrical hem at the back). I was a bit shocked, but considering the amount of work that was done I guess it was reasonable. They were done super quickly for me, though!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

i had neckline changed from straight to sweetheart – lenth altered, bustle, and sides fully taken both out and in (at different points) and all for £150 (about $240)

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The cap on alterations at the salon is $180 which was part of the reason why I bought my dress there. Turns out it didn’t matter because all I needed was a bustle, the dress fit perfectly! It was $70 for a 7 point french bustle. I am secretly hoping that it will need to be taken in a bit before the wedding since I’ve been working out like crazy!

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The salon told me that to hem my dress is 250$ and if I do NOT want to have a train and I’d like to hem the dress and cut the train it would be 350$ which to me does not make any sense. I don’t know anything about alterations, but would cutting on a straight line be easier than on a bias? I think hem and cut off the train should be cheaper or at least the same as hem and keep the train.

The bust area to be taken in – 85$ and hips to be taken in another 85$

I decided to go with an independent seamstress specializing in wedding dresses. I have not done an assessment with her, but I think it’ll be cheaper. My friend just had her dress hemmed and it had beading and an overlay on top, she also had sides taken in (I think) and bustle done (twice – she didn’t like the first one) and it all cost her about 250$

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@dynamic_duo: That exact thing happened to me last summer when I was a bridesmaid!  I was standing up front of everyone for the ceremony and just sank to my knees.  It was horrible.  My worst nightmare is that I faint during my own ceremony.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Mine didn’t take to long. I think 15 minutes and i was out of there. Than 2 weeks later i picked it up and it was all done. I paid $300 for boob cups sewn in, hemmed on the bottom & bustle.

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