(Closed) How much did your gown alterations cost?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much were your alterations?

    Nothing! It fit perfectly because I am awesome.

    $100 or less








  • Post # 32
    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Mine needed a bustle (8 points), taken in at the top alittle, and bra cups put in. The dress was also steamed and pressed. It was $130 all together. I was happy with it.

    Post # 33
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    my dress fit perfect but i wanted the train removed… i think it was $100 or so… the material was pretty simple so not overly difficult work…

    Post # 34
    2253 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m so jealous when I see the costs of some of these alterations. Mine was a whopping $585 (if I did my math right) which included:

    • taking in the dress two inches from the underarms through the hips: $72;
    • sewing in an elastic band under my bust for internal dress support: $28;
    • sewing cups in the bust: $24;
    • Hemming 4 inches: $85
    • 8 point French bustle: $255
    • Rush fee (since I was outside their three month window): $50
    • Pressing of the dress: $68

    But the dress was gorgeous at the second fitting so I’m sure it’ll be well worth it in the end. It just hurts a bit when I look at my checking account.

    Post # 35
    429 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Wow, some of these prices scare me.  I was terrified but I found someone who has experience and did it for a good price.  It will cost me 145 to have it hemmed, bustled and taken in a bit at the bust.  She will also store it until the week of the wedding and press it.

    Post # 36
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I paid $250 for a hem, bustle, cups sewn in, and having the bodice taken in quite a bit. I wasn’t happy with how it fit so I went somewhere else to have straps added, which cost $50. So $300 total.

    Post # 37
    2085 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    I had two dresses taken down a couple sizes and a bustle put in one.  I think I spent about $300 total…but my seamstress is totally amazing and doesn’t charge what she should.

    Post # 38
    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I had to say less than $100 because it was free:)

    My mother’s friend did my alterations.

    Post # 39
    1555 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Mine was roughly $125. I had to have a bustle added & also have it hemmed up a little bit.

    Post # 40
    15127 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    $130, taken in from a 10 to 4, hemmed an inch, 13 pt bustle, and added cups.

    Post # 41
    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Just picked up my dress yesterday. For $60: Hemmed all layers, adjusted exisiting bustle, removed two strips of boning (too visible down the front of the dress); added cups. I went with a seamstress who works out of her home.

    Post # 42
    33 posts
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Mine came included in the price of the dress as a special promotion they had that month. I however did some additions ( a custom balero) that ran me $100. 

    Post # 43
    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Ugh, I paid $385 — more than my dress cost!

    I got my dress on sale ($300) but it was being discontinued, so I had to get a larger size because that’s all they had. On top of that, I lost about 45 pounds in the year since I bought the dress. The tailor took it in by 8.5 inches, changed the neckline, hemmed it and added a 3-point bustle. He is also steaming it for me.

    That bill was a bummer because I was hoping to keep the whole dress budget under $600, but at least it stays on now!

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