Post # 1
So since we’re now eloping on May 3rd, I need to REALLY get the ball rolling on getting my dress taken care of. Thank goodness it fits amazing already, but I do need it hemmed (about three inches since I’m going to be barefoot in the sand) and then bustled in case we decide to get some pics taken around town after the ceremony.
What did you ladies pay for your alterations? I know that where you live makes a big difference, but I just want to get a rough estimate. 🙂
Post # 3
Alfred angelo quoted me $400. I took the dress to a private alterations business and they quoted me $250 for the same work.
Post # 4
@Rachaelweb: What all did you get done? 🙂
Post # 5
Around $450 to alter a lace dress. They did the waist, the hem, added cups, and sleeves.
Post # 6
I paid more than $400 for mine.
Post # 7
120$ 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
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
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
I paid about $130. I had a LOT taken in on each side as well as a very complicated bustle added.
Post # 11
have to pay a $199 flat rate :o/
Post # 12
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
$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
$180 to hem it and take the sides in.
Post # 15
$377-$512. I just had my first fitting, so everything is estimated.
$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
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.