(Closed) Did you need to have your dress altered?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Did you have to alter?
    Yes : (43 votes)
    93 %
    No : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I had a flat fee of $500.  I purchased from the designer flagship so I knew there was a premium for that.  I had it hemmed, taken in, straps adjusted, bustled and cups sewn in.

    Post # 4
    1425 posts
    Bumble bee

    I had my dress hemmed, a 9 point french(?) bustle put in (cathedral length, bubble hem) and taken in a tiny bit in my bust area.

    Because I paid w/ cash it cost me a flat $300.

    Post # 5
    3765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Original cost of dress was about $850

    I had a ton taken in at the waist, and a bustle. My hem was perfect! Cost of alterations was just over $200.

    Post # 6
    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I bought a sample – so a size 10.  I’m a size 4 in wedding dresses…. and I’m 5’1” on a good hair day.  My dress has been at the alterations place since October… BLAHHH

    Post # 7
    4439 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    I had to have my dress altered, but only to add a bustle… then I got talked into adding cups.

    Dress: $1216

    Bustle: $150

    Cups: $20


    If you don’t want to have alterations don’t buy a dress with a train!


    Post # 8
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    I’m going to need to have it taken in and hemmed. It’s wayyyy too long and big.

    Post # 9
    808 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Mine needed to be taken in, bustled, and to remove the halter straps.  I was originally going to use David’s Bridal, but I decided to shop another seamstress….She quoted me $75  for all the altering, plus steaming and pressing!



    Post # 10
    670 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I need to get mine steamed so badly, and my veil, it came so wrinkled from David’s Bridal and a bustle put in, strap made tighter, and it would be great if I lost weight and they had to take the dress in but for now those are all the alterations and my seamstress said itll be 200

    Post # 11
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I know I will need to have it altered. I am very short so it will definitely need to be hemmed. I also want to make sure it fits me EXACTLY – so even if that means taking it in less than 1/4 inch, I will do it. I will also have it bustled. I have a flat rate of $695 for any alterations. 

    Post # 12
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Going to need alterations here for sure. Needing it taken in, bustle and a 3-4 inch hem for sure. Thats all I can think of right now but we will see…havent had an alteration apt yet… I’m terrified!!!

    Post # 13
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I didn’t need the hemline altered – but it had to be taken in a little, I had bra cups sewn in – and the bustle was a small fortune (24 points at $15 a point).  I think my total was just under $600 (my dress was $1200 – so, it added a hefty sum!).

    Post # 14
    535 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I would say no matter what dress, what style, what size … plan on having to have it altered. My alterations included sewing cups in, taking it in for the bust area, major hemming (i’m very short), and 10 point french bustle. The total came to about $330. The price of my dress was $550.

    Post # 15
    1144 posts
    Bumble bee

    I will definitely need to have mine hemmed and to add a bustle. I’m also considering having the back altered into a v-shape instead of straight across. I know the hem will cost $100… not sure about the rest.

    Post # 16
    4675 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The bust on my dress was too big, so I had that taken in.  Also I’m a shorty, and needed it shortened.  Plus I needed it bustled.  My mom knew a steamstress and we went to her, not the business she works for, and she charged me $100.  

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