Post # 1
So I am looking for a seamstress in the Austin area to alter my lace dress. The first pricing info I received is as follows:
Taking in at bust $80-120
I would need all 3 of these done which puts me at $400-550 total. This lady is very well reviewed but seriously. Is this normal!? Or should I keep looking? I knew lace would be expensive to alter, but I was hoping to stay under $300…
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
@cestvrai: That seems pretty pricey to me. I’m from a much smaller area but to have all 3 of those done for me (with a lace dress too) the cost would be:
I’m not sure if this would be way under for a bigger area like yours or if this is the norm for all alterations everywhere.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2015 - Briarwood Golf Course/ Country Club
@cestvrai: It depends on the material of your dress. With the material I have it will cost in those ranges to get that done.
Post # 5
Sounds normal to me, especially since you have a lace dress. How many layers? I don’t know the breakdown, but alterations for me cost $380 total. I had a simple (ish) A-Line dress with 5 layers. I had it hemmed, a french bustle, bust taken in and cups sewn into the dress.
Post # 6
@cestvrai: PM me. I live in Austin and had a fabulous lady do my alterations. I had a lace dress and needed SO much work done on it (new boning, hemming, added boning to back, corset added, straps added, bustle, hips let out and waist taken in) I didn’t pay nearly as much as you were quoted! She was my best kept secret during my wedding and works from home so no overhead charges As well!
Post # 7
If I remember correctly that sounds right to me. I had the same things done (Lace dress: hem, taken in & french bustle) + I had my veil shortened. I think my alterations ran approx $450 for all of that.
Post # 8
@cestvrai: My alterations were more than $400. I think it’s within the normal range.
Post # 9
@cestvrai: It could just be pricey because this is a good seamstress. She also may offer a discount if you do have more than one thing done to the dress so you should probably inquire about that or ask her what she can do in your budget.
Post # 10
I paid $475 for the exact same things. My dress wasnt lace but it did have feather detail at the top.
Post # 11
Thank you all! I wanted to make sure these charges were somewhat average before I dropped the $30 for a consultation, haha. My dress is lace with several layers and tiers, so I guess it’s not all that surprising..
Post # 12
The bustle seems expensive (the high range) but everything else seems similar to what my seamstress charges.
Post # 13
For a brick and mortar seamstress, considering that it’s lace I’d consider that in the normal range, but maybe a bit on the pricey side. I was able to ask friends and got referred to a woman who works out of her home and she was half the cost of the quotes I got from the pro seamstresses recommended by my bridal salon.
Post # 14
It definitely is on the high end, but it really depends on what you need done. I ordered a lace dress too, and because I’m way pear shape I had to order a size 10 and I’m between a size 2-4 on top. I’ve talked to seamstresses before I ordered and fully expect to pay around the same amount.
Post # 15
I had my sides taken in, bust taken in, a french bustle and hemmed for $200 total – and I saved a ton of money, I found someone who works out of her house about an hour’s drive from me from Weddingbee. Keep asking around.
Post # 16
I needed a hem and very minor bust alterations and it was $300 in the Chicago area.