(Closed) How much did you spend on gown alterations? Gown size/Alterations HELP!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1152 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t think they’re doing it to charge you more money. If anything, it’s saving you all a lot of trouble to get something bigger just in case, especially if it’s a lace-up back which can easily be tied tighter. You might ask her about a size 22, but I think they’re right in advising you to go higher than 20.

I fit my size 6 dress almost like a glove – it just needs to be let out a bit in the bust. It’s a beaded lace dress, which they said is a little more expensive to alter, but our quote was $20. Alterations that the dress’s previous buyer had done – trim the bottom, add sleeves made from the bottom lace, and cut the square neckline to a sweetheart – totalled $100 for her. She had to return the dress due to her cranky mom, though, so the alterations remained and I didn’t have to pay for them. 🙂

However, I bought my dress from a local shop, not a designer boutique, so my prices might be a lot lower!

Post # 4
2892 posts
Sugar bee

The only reason I could ever see someone ordering several sizes higher is if there is one part of your body that is larger than the rest. For example: your bust and waist measure at a 20 and your hips measure at a 24. In order to fit you properly they’d need to order the 24 to accomodate your hips and just size the rest down. BUT if that isn’t the case and your entire body measures at a 20 then there is NO reason to order a 24 if the rest fits. Yeah, they’ll still need to alter it a little but that seems a little odd. I’d get a 2nd opinion. I was measured at an 8, they ordered an 8 and I only spent $150 for a neckline alteration and cups. That’s why I don’t really get their reasoning. 

Post # 5
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

My alterations had nothing to do with how much was taken in or how mnay times each alteration had to be altered but with what types of alterations were being made. I paid per seam, dart, point of bustle, etc. so whether something came in 4 sizes or 1/2 a size didn’t matter.

I would personally have them order the size you actually need though, not sizes larger. I’ve never heard of a consultant telling a woman to order largest than the size that fit her biggest measurement.

ETA: alterations through the shop would’ve been a flat $495. I went instead to a highly reputable local seamstress (in Ocala, so a city, but not exactly an expensive or wealthy city) and paid somethign around $320 for my alterations.

Post # 6
10450 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Bridal sizes are different than your street size. So that’s probably very reasonable (they run larger sizes). And it will be much easier to take in than let out, so they are doing the right thing.

Post # 7
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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@Pinkmoon:  I disagree. If her measurements came in at a 20, there’s no reason not to order a 20.

Post # 8
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Get yourself measured and look at the chart yourself when you are ordering.  Order the size dress that fits your largest measurement.  I would not recommend going up higher than the size that is on the chart.  I ordered my dress a year ahead and lost 20 pounds before the wedding.  It was a HUGE pain letting it in.  It never did completely fit perfectly and I wish I would have waited to closer to the wedding to order it so I could have gotten a size closer to what I really needed.  It is easier to take in than to take out but you don’t want to have to take in too much. 

Post # 9
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think ordering a size 24 when you’re a street size 16 is a bit much. I would ask them to show you their sizing charts.

As for alterations, I put out a call on FB to see if anyone could recommend a local seamstress and a friend put me in touch with someone she had used in the past; it’s a woman who does alterations out of her home. I arrived for my first fitting and she was great! She will need to add a bustle, shorten my dress, and create a custom corset lace and is only charging me $80!!! Find someone local!!!

Post # 10
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If your largest measurement comes in at the size 20, you should insist on the size 20.  There is no reason why they should need extra fabric to take in if you don’t need it.  Makes no sense.

Post # 11
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Where did she measure you where it was a 20? She should measure your bust, hips, and waist all separately, and then order the dress to fit your largest measurement. If a size 20 was only one of your measurements, and you were a 24 for something else, they would order a 24. If, however, size 20 is the largest, they should order a size 20.

For example, when I was measured, all of my measurements were different sizes, so I had to go with the largest part of my body (which was still 2 sizes larger than my street size).

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