(Closed) Dress fittings cost WHAT!?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What did your alterations cost?

    Under $100



    $500 or more

  • Post # 17
    712 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My dress, which came brand new and in my size needed to be taken in on both sides, shortened (took away the train) and added straps. The straps are going to be embellished with the left over stones from taking my dress in. Oh, and I’m adding cups to the dress. $700 is the total. The dress itself cost $5,000. It’s crazy but I guess they figured if we could afford the dress we could afford the alterations. 

    Post # 18
    9806 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m hoping mine is only $100.  But all I need is a bustle.  But mine has a corset back (like the feel of them and being able to really tighten it up), lookswise I don’t care for them as much.  No hemming needed and I’m not even sure I want to sew cups into it…I might just skip it.

    Post # 19
    4687 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    $500 does seem high but depends on the region (CA = $$$?), the quality of the seamstress, and the material. Your dress is stunning! wow, can’t wait to see what it looks like altered!!!

    My dress fit off the rack (not couture sizing) so no alterations for me!

    Post # 20
    11163 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    Yes, that seems pretty reasonable.

    I paid $170.00 total however with the corset my dress fit me like a glove without alterations to sizing. I had cups sewn in, added crystals and an elaborate bustle for that price.

    Post # 21
    1853 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I had my dress taken in, added cups, had some ugly beading removed, and had it hemmed for $55. I went to a locally owned alteration store. Saved sooo much money!

    Post # 22
    11506 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I paid more than $400 for my alterations and bustle.

    Post # 23
    121 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think this is fairly standard, unfortunately!  I paid $150, and I just had a bustle made and a belt sewn on, no alterations to the dress at all.  I know many girls that paid about $400-500 to have dresses taken in and shortened.   

    Post # 24
    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    aahh! I’ve got my first fitting appt. on Wed. and these prices are freakin me out! I need it to be taken in, hemmed (going from tea to street length), my petticoat sewed in (maybe- not a must if it’s too pricey), cups added, sash sewn on, & make my boatneck more off-shoulder. I was hoping for $300 (my dress was only $700) but it’s not looking good for me after reading this!

    Post # 26
    186 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I paid $500 for bra cups, a hem, and my bustle to be put in. No work was done around the bodice. I still think that’s steep but wanted a professional handling my dress.

    Post # 27
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Mine was $250 to add in a bra (which I bought and brought in), fix the zipper, add a bustle and make thicker straps. My dress fit like a glove when it came in, so there was no taking in or anything. I think that probably takes a lot of time, so I’m not surprised by the cost. Still, it definitely hurts.

    Post # 28
    1023 posts
    Bumble bee

    I was quite shocked at the price of alterations for my dress as well. She was charging $450 + tax but agreed to $400 cash. I thought it was pretty outrageous but my aunt assured me that prices like that are commonplace for that sort of thing.


    Post # 29
    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My alterations will cost $400 for hemming, taking in the sides, shortening the straps and sewing bra cups in. It also includes a “fitting fee” which I was irritated about, but I’d rather alter and store my dress at the salon than cart it around to independent seamstresses.

    Post # 30
    1489 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Wow! I think that is insanely high!!  


    Mine was $190.  I had it taken in on the sides, the beading fixed in places, all 5 layers hemmed, a 6 point bustle put in, and a seam on the hip smoothed out.  She also did some fancy hem/repair work on a few of the overlays, as it was a sample dress and had a bit of tiny wear and tear.  


    $500… I would be going into sticker shock.  Have you considered looking around at other seamstresses?  

    Post # 31
    1938 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Right now I am thanking my LUCKY STARS that mine came complementary with my dress! I spend $1,600 on my dress.. so that should be (IMO) enought to warrant a alteration comp! 

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