Post # 1
I’m trying to decide between two dresses and one consideration is certainly the cost of alterations. The first dress is the perfect length and size, but I have a back fat problem and so was thinking that I would alter the back by lowering it an inch or two. There’s another thread on WeddingBee on this as a solution for back fat. I do want to get a little more toned in general, so even if I solve that issue, I’m concerned that I would have to get the dress taken in because there isn’t that much room left in the corset. I can’t go down a size because it’s perfect for me in the hips which are fitted. Would it be difficult to get this dress altered since it’s chiffon? It also has a lot of boning.
Post # 3
Sorry the pictures came out sideways, I have no idea why!
Post # 4
And here’s the second dress. The dress in this picture is too small, so I would need to go up a size, but then the dress will be too big in the bust and potentially the waist. This dress is also chiffon with some lace on top. But it doesn’t really have any boning, it just has an inner corset. Would that be expensive to alter? I think I can order the dress to custom length so no hemming would be needed.
Post # 5
It was my experience that hems are really not that expensive to do. My dress has several layers, lace and beaded edging but the seamstress told me that a hem, even as complicated as mine was really quick and easy. Any seamstress worth a darn will be able to perform the alterations you are looking for. I would suggest getting some recommendations from the bridal shop where you purchased your dress or someone you know that just recenlty got married. You can then contact a seamstress and inquire about price.
Post # 6
Basically, I would say all dresses are expensive to take in They have to undo and redo rouching, pleats, beading etc. So if the bodice has that stuff, then yes it will be expensive. If its more simple (basic satin) it may be cheaper.
I know my place had a set fee to have it taken in, no matter the material so it depends where you take it.
Post # 7
Alterations costs will depend on who does them. I’d look for an independent one (not affiliated with a salon) and see what they say.
How much are you willing to spend? I’m having a dress altered by her removing the zipper to take it in some, and that costs $35. The same person hemmed my daughter’s wedding gown and charged $25. for that and $20. to steam it and add cups. The estimate for those things at the bridal shop was $250., so they can vary greatly.
Post # 8
Which one do you like better? That’s how I would choose. Then find a reasonably priced seamstress (not at the bridal shop).