(Closed) how much do your alterations cost? i want to know if i’m getting ripped off!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: how much are you paying for alterations?
    $0 - $99 : (14 votes)
    18 %
    $100 - $299 : (32 votes)
    41 %
    $300 - $499 : (23 votes)
    29 %
    $500 and up : (10 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @dynamic_duo: My alterations will be a flat fee of $600 no matter what they do.

    I am having alterations done by the designer himself at his studio. They are also doing a muslin fitting and lining fitting.

    If I had done my alterations at the salon, they would be between $500 and $595.

    Other salons quoted me flat fees from $300 – $500 or so.

    Post # 5
    Member
    14657 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Can you take it to an independant seamstress?  I need the same amount of work done, taken in about 4 sizes, adding cups, hem, and bustle.  I’m paying less than $200.

    Post # 6
    Member
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Mine was $250 and that included: 

    hem (taffeta + 4 layers of crinoline), 8 point bustle, taking out seam at the hip, adjusting the corset, removing the padding from the cups, and steaming it. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    $120 and that included the gown being taken in at the sides, taken in by the knees, sewn in bra straps, and a 6 point bustle. My gown was a very detailed satin & lace applique gown with beading.  My seamstress was awesome and the best vendor I worked with.  Minnesota brides should consider Louise Kegley for their alterations!

    Post # 10
    Member
    477 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Eek, my alterations are:

    • A custom made 3/4 sleeve sheer bolero with lace trim
    • Hemming and reattaching the lace
    • Bringing in the bodice (which was beaded) a few inches
    • Tacking my sash a wee bit higher
    • Adjusting a one-point French bustle
    • Redoing the neckline to a sweetheart
    • Custom hair flower made from the leftover beading on my dress
    • Adding 4 pieces of boning to the bodice
    • Final measurements (so I can list the dress to resell)

    And I think all of that is going to be under $250.  My seamstress is fantastic and SO reasonable considering its the Bay Area.  (Anne Ventresco, find her on Yelp~!)

    Post # 11
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    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Mine cost just over $300.00, for a 6 point bustle, the sides taken out, and for it to be steamed and pressed. I about died, but being a seamstress myself and knowing all of the work that has to go into do the alterations for my gown, I know it will take her hours to get it just right, so even though the cost is high, I know it will be worth it. For what you are getting, I think yours is right about the average for that amount of work to be done.

    Post # 14
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    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    my alterations were under $100 but they were half the price of my dress. So if 600 is half the price of your dress that sounds normal

    Post # 15
    Member
    1509 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Mine were $1,200.

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