(Closed) How Much Did you Pay for Alterations?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
14 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

Alfred angelo quoted me $400. I took the dress to a private alterations business and they quoted me $250 for the same work. 

Post # 5
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Around $450 to alter a lace dress.  They did the waist, the hem, added cups, and sleeves.

Post # 6
11535 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I paid more than $400 for mine.

Post # 7
3089 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

120$ and she made me a veil.  I had my dress hemmed, straps added, lace moves around, boning, and it was too small and she let it out.

Post # 8
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

my not so final bill (although I hope it is) is $425.

thats for taking the side seams in, adding cups, shortening dress and a 10 point bustle (there are 6 layers total, 3 being acrynoline , 1 tulle, 1 lining and 1 lace.)


I don’t know if mine is a good deal or not, im just biting the bullet and having her do it, and PRAYING she does a good job.

Post # 9
3072 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My bridal shop quoted me $400.

I went elsewhere and had it done for $146.  I had it taken in, had the neckline softened, and a bustle added.  Also added some crinoline.

Post # 10
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I paid about $130. I had a LOT taken in on each side as well as a very complicated bustle added. 

Post # 11
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

have to pay a $199 flat rate :o/

Post # 12
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I Must say that private places are actually cheaper a lot of times. My mother works with a lot of seamstresses in one of her jobs so I paid 25 to have a french bustle put in, (this was $7 a point at Davids and I was easily over 4 points) a zipper taken to a corset back $75 labor and material vs around  $150 at Davids, and the hem adjusted (free to me but average about $50). So $100 but this is because I had an in. I also opted to buy a corset rather than have boning put in my dress so this was $70 for the Dominique by Alfred Angelo. if i had taken it to a shop I would estimate that I would have been closer to $200 for alterations at a non retail seamstress in town. Hope it helps!

Post # 13
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

$314 to have cups added, sides taken in, extra crinoline put in, bustled, and extra lace added to the bottom which she SWEARS is going to look like it was meant to be there – keeping my fingers crossed on that one. I went to an independent bridal seamstress bc I got my dress at David’s and have had nothing but a difficult time with them.

Post # 14
3352 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

$180 to hem it and take the sides in.

Post # 15
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

$377-$512.  I just had my first fitting, so everything is estimated.


The breakdown:

$60-$100 To let out the back or sides for my evergrowing chest.

$150-$225 To hem my dress (all 9 layers of it!)

$65-$85 For 3-5 point French bustle

$42 For my hoopless petticoat

$60 For pressing the petticoat and the dress.


Its a bit high for me, but she was willing to take on the 9 ridiculous layers my dress has, while three other seamstresses turned me away because it was too much work.

Post # 16
3172 posts
Sugar bee

I got a hem only. David’s quoted $95 but I loved the service at a local tailor so it was $110 for 5 layers with no bustle, train, or anything else.

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