(Closed) average cost of alterations/adding bussle?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I paid $300 for a hem and a bustle.  My dress came in 2 weeks before my wedding, so I got stuck just having to have the bridal store do it.  If you shop around, you may be able to find a cheaper seamstress that’s not affiliated to the store.

Post # 4
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I paid $200 for a hem and a bustle, but I got my alterations done by the seamstress at Bridal Co, which is more like an outlet store.

Post # 5
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My dress cost $165 for hemming and bustle. 

What I would suggest is to get a second or third opinion from different seamstresses.

But honestly, I looked at your dress (which is gorgeous, btw) but it looks like it has a lot of layers.  Usually a lot of layers means it will be expensive.  My dress only had 2 layers but if your dress has 5-6 layers, it mean more work and therefore more money. 

Anyway, get some more opinions from other seamstresses with good reviews.  Just make sure to get good seamstresses because the cheapest one might not give you the best quality in service.

Good luck!

Post # 6
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

$70 to move my privacy panel over, take off an inch at the bottom, create my bustle and get it steamed.  Great small town price!

Post # 7
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I paid ~$150 to add a bustle and sew in cups.

I’m not a huge fan of flat rates for alterations because girls like you who need minimal work done get screwed over!

ETA: @ttn133:

Good point. I just took a look at your dress as well and there are many layers. So I can understand the $300 cost then. It means more work for the seamstress.

My dress only had the outer layer that had to be bustled.

I would ask around other bridal shops (some might do alterations even though you did not purchase from them) and professional seamstress who have experience with wedding gowns.


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