(Closed) average cost of alterations/adding bussle?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

The only alterations I needed were adding a bustle to a cathedral train.  It was a 2 snap, 7 point bustle, and I paid $100.18.

Post # 4
1559 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah, a lot of it depends on the bridal salon. The place I’m at gave me a very rough estimate, saying that if I needed major alterations it could cost $100-200, and that hemming would be around $50 and a bustle would be similarly priced. 

However, I looked at a dress at one salon whose alterations start at $500, no matter what you’re having done. 

I would suggest that you do some research and see if you can find a private seamstress who will do it for cheaper if you’re not happy with the cost. Often you can find very talented people who do the work on the side, and they do just as good of work as anybody working in the salons, for a fraction of the price. 


Post # 5
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Mine at the bridal shop that I bought my dress at is $360 but I am getting it for $100 only because I bought a $500 gift certificate off someone on craigs list for $100. I am having a bustle added, the sides taken in, darts fixed around my bust?, bra pads put in so I don’t need to wear a bra, and hemmed. Oh and some tulle taken out possibly. I got lucky with the gift card deal though thank goodness!!!

Post # 6
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I had a 9 point, french bustle, which cost me $100.

Post # 7
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I just had my first alterations appointment a week ago!  I’m having a flower sewn on, bra pads put in, the bust taken in, the back made from straight across into a v back, hemmed and a 5 point french bustle for $400.  I know that its expensive, but I waited too long to start alterations (only 4 weeks to go!) so I didn’t shop around and just went with the bridal shop where I bought my dress.  Luckily I had talked to some friends before hand to see how much it could be and budgeted accordingly.  

Also- when I was talking to my seamstress, she mentioned that the most expensive task is the hemming since there are multiple layers of fabric that need to be taken up.  I think my hemming alone was $200. 

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