(Closed) How long do alterations usually take?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Mine was done in about a month and a half.  I think it was $150 for a hem and bringing in the top quite a bit.

Post # 4
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I guess depends on whether you find a place with several seamstresses who can work on the dress, and whether you would be willing to pay for rush fee charges. On Say Yes To the Dress on TV, I’ve seen them alter a dress that very day if the situation called for it, but probably not a very common or preferred thing.

Post # 5
1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010


In your case, I would call and set it up to make sure that it would be possible to have alterations done a week before.  That way at least a seamstress can have your dress scheduled for that week?  I’d rather be safe in cutting it so close.  Although I’m not too far from you. 

I’m getting nervous about this very thing, since my dress is still not here, should be this week, if not I’m def calling to figure out what’s going on.  So that would leave me with less than 2 months for alterations.  I hope they can get it done in time. 

Post # 6
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Here’s what my dress shop told me: you need to leave 6 weeks for your dress to get altered – but it doesn’t actually take six weeks to alter a dress. It takes maybe a day. The extra time is to allow the seamstress to get through the backlog of dresses that need to be done before yours does. So, it is physically possible that you could get your dress altered a week ahead of time, but you’d need to have a really special relationship with a seamstress to get that deal made. Maybe if you know someone who knows someone, or if you just talk to several seamstresses way ahead of time and tell them about your situation. I’m sure if you’re upfront with them, at least one would be willing to help you out. Good luck.

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