Post # 1
My seamstress just called and said it would be $250! I brought her the cups to sew in. All she did was take in the sides (there is beading so I’m sure it was a bit involved), add the cups, and add a one point bustle. She didn’t hem it because we’re hoping that we can get away with it as it is. At David’s Bridal, they quoted me $20 for cups (including the cups), $65 for taking in the sides, and $55 for a bustle, $125 for the hem (if I needed it). She’s a really sweet older lady and I feel bad bringing up my concern about the price but I feel like it’s a bit steep. Am I wrong?
Post # 3
That price sounds fair to me.
Did you ask for a quote prior to the work being done?
If it were just cups and bustle that might be a little steep, but taking in the dress (especially if it is beaded/more ornate) can be difficult and expensive.
Post # 4
If it sounds like too much, go elsewhere. Often with seamstress prices, you pay more for a more experience seamstress who does better quality work.
Her price sounds fair, even cheap if your dress has beading (she has to match up the pattern on both sides, and may have to tie off the beading, or rebead some of it so the seams match up.
Post # 5
I’m paying at least $150. My dress isn’t even in yet so I know I will need more done once it arrives
Post # 6
That sounds fair to me. I’m surprised that DB quoted you so little. My friend had her alterations done there and they cost more than her dress!
Mine were $250 for dress 1 (bustle, hem, taking in the sides, steaming) and $215 for dress 2 (bringing it from size 12 to size 10, bustle).
Post # 7
It seems like a reasonable price to me. When you are taking in the sides that have beading, that involves a lot of work and time. I have to have more alterations done than that, and they are costing me $440 which seemed like a lot to me initially, then I thought about all the work that was involved.
Post # 8
I think the price seems fair, alterations are really expensive and who knows why!!
Post # 9
Mine was $210 for a french bustle and taking in the hips and top. I think alterations are just generally a rip off, but based on the usual rip off cost, it sounds about right.