(Closed) Cost of alterations

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Prices will vary….greatly. I suggest that you look into seamstresses that can work on gowns. Ask for references. I tkae my clothes to a wonderful person that could probably work on gowns and many place advertise that they alter wedding gowns.
Sounds like you do not need much. The bridal store that I bought my dress from charges a flat fee of $400!!! I was going to have another person who is making the attendants dresses do my alterations. I only needed hemming and maybe slightly taken in at the bust. I’m pretty lucky that the dress almost fit me perfectly and the hem is plain. There was ultimately a fiasco with my order and I ended up getting alterations for free.
So now we will see when I loose the 20 lbs I plan to loose before the wedding. LOL

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My store charged based on the work they did. I only needed the bottom hemmed a few inches and that was $80.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mine came to $140 – $70 to take it in and $70 to add a layer or two of crinoline to the bottom of the dress (for more pouf).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It may depend on the store/region.  $250 sounds fairly inexpensive though it usually includes hemming.  I paid a little over $1k for my dress and paid around $350 for alterations (taken in at the waist/bodice, hemmed to my height, removed a layer of ruffle underneath, sewed in the bustle and had the halter straps slightly adjusted )

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was charged $110 for a simple hemming of a three layer gown and two bustle strings at a local alterations shop. The gown was still took big, but they told me it wasn’t possible to take it in from a size 14 to an 8 due to the heavy beading.

I found a great independent seamstress throuhg a friend. She took my heavily beaded gown down so that it fit perfectly, put some darts on the neckline to help it fit better against my bust, and added a third loop for the bustle so that it stayed a little higher off the ground…. all for $60. She said it took her 4 hours, and she charges $15/hr.

 

So, costs are very VARIABLE.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ll be paying around $200 to get it hemmed, bustled, boobs inserted and taken in at the waist, back and chest. I am using a seamstress who works out of her house.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Mine came to a total of $360 that included bustle, hemming (had to be down by hand since my dress is lace) taking it in 2 inches on each side, taking in the bust (I am dd and wear a size 2/4 so I had to get a wedding dress size 14 just for my boobs!) and she also had to redo the boning and the inner seams of the bust to make it fit perfect. I’m happy with the price becuase for all the work I almost don’t feel like she charged me enough!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

well what alterations are you planning to have done? I had the dress taken down in size, the neckline changed to a sweetheart, flowers taken off the side, the back changed to a plunging back, the bustle added, the dress hemmed and it was a total of $290

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I only need mine shortened and a bustle put in, and they quoted me $230, which apparently is reasonable in this area!  I’m not getting it done there though because the lady seemed horrible.  I am going somewhere  better, and will let you know the price.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I paid 20 dollars to get a hem. (three layers)

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