(Closed) Are alterations really THAT expensive?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I only paid about $100 for a bustle and bringing the bodice in a few inches.  Paying $500 sounds insane to me unless you are completely altering the structure of the dress.

Post # 48
3315 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you are in the DC area, we have a couple of independent seamstresses (Angie and Estee) who work magic with alterations at very reasonable costs.  We used Estee, but you won’t go wrong with either one of them.  Check out this article for their contact information.

Our alterations were about $100 each–and that included not only the dresses, but creating a blusher veil, and sewing each of the veils to a tiara for stability.

Just try to contact one of them as early as possible, as they do get booked up.

Post # 49
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sometimes do the level of alterations negate the point of buying the dress?  I’m just wondering because I went trying on dresses for the first time today and when I saw one I sort of liked but a couple things weren’t what I was hoping for — the lady in the shop was all, “well, my seamstress can take out the corset and add a zipper, we can trim the train, add a double bustle, add straps …” and I know she was just trying to be nice (I really had a lovely experience) but with so many expensive alterations, wouldn’t it just make more sense to buy a dress with all the things I want in the first place?

I may not know what I’m talking about — I haven’t had that “magic” moment in a dress yet! 


Post # 50
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m getting my dress taken in at the zipper (so it fits in the bust) and shortened for $90 (The dress cost $99).  But it is a very simple dress, chiffon, no train, no embroidery, no edge trim, just pretty flowy empire lines.  It would have cost about twice that for a typical bridal dress.

Post # 51
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My hem was $130 because it has three layers with lace. My bustle was $120 because it was a ballroom style bustle.

Post # 52
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am really annoyed about this aspect of dress shopping. You pay a LOT of money for a gown, only to fork out £££ more for alterations. I have spent around £500 on alterations, and that includes hemming (including re-placing embroidered lace applique), bustling, bust taken in and changed from spaghetti straps to strapless, bra cups sewn in, crinoline, dress taken in at waist and extra boning to cinch waist more, dancing loop. It seems like a lot of work, but I feel the cost should have been explained before committing to the dress…

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