How much did you/are you spending on alterations?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
106 posts
Blushing bee

Wow this board makes me feel like I’m overpaying, but in my area (NorCal San Francisco) this industry really is just overpriced. Anyways.. I’m paying $925 for like an inch in on the waist, 3 inches hem (silk dress, no lace), and some adjustment in the bust for a flatter chest. YIKES!

Post # 48
942 posts
Busy bee

$100 to hem, $100 to size down 3 sizes. 

It’s a ballgown.

I think around $20 for adding cups but I haven’t done that yet. I didn’t do a bustle as the gown came with one installed. If you’re getting a lot done it CAN add up! I didn’t believe it at first lol.


Post # 50
22 posts

$800! (The dress was $1,500). In the Baltimore/DC suburbs. And that was only for fitting the dress through the bust, waist, and hips, taking only an inch or so off! It would have been another $150 for the bustle and $650 for the hem. I said no thanks! I’ll find the exact right pair of shoes. haha  But my dress was complicated – mermaid, lace with a few layers. She was excellent- experienced, perfect reviews. Works out of her home. Super sweet. And all the other shops in the area quoted me at approximately $650, without seeing the dress in person. I guess it widely depends on where you live.

Post # 51
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

i think i spent around $300-$400 on alterations. I had it taken in, but then later added straps to it. 

Post # 53
128 posts
Blushing bee

$130 to take the sides in, add a bustle, and cups.

Post # 54
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I did mine at Kleinfeld last year. It was a flat rate of $795, no matter how much work had to be done. 

Post # 55
11 posts

mine are a painful $1250, which covers hem, taking in the dress a couple of sizes, 3 point bustle, sewing in a bra and touch ups on the bodice. this is on a $5500 ballgown and I’m in NJ 

Post # 56
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach

I paid $250 in total for the bust to be taken in and boning removed, bustle, and snap on cap sleeves.

Post # 57
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

morganallison :  My alterations cost way more than my dress. I spent $500 on a hem, straps, and a three point bustle but it’s in NYC and she did an awesome job. I’ve had really, really bad alteration jobs done on Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and I wasn’t going to take the chance on my wedding dress. 

Post # 58
35 posts
  • Wedding: May 2017

Mine is $300 to adjust the straps, take in at the bust and waist, and add a bustle. The dress has two layers so each layer (one silk and one tulle) has three points. Does that seem reasonable? I’m in Connecticut. 

Post # 59
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: A restaurant on the beach

My dress is sample size and I’m having it taken in 1-2 inches in the bodice. I’m also having the back lowered and made into a scoop, which will require cutting of some of the boning in the bodice, and the front needs hemming 2-3 inches. This will all be done in 3-4 fittings and its only costing me 195$. My seamstress had excellent reviews in the MD/DC/VA area so I chose her and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I would have paid more to make the dress 100% perfect. 

Post # 60
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Queens, NY

Hi, I’m also in NYC, where did you take your dress for alterations? 

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