(Closed) How much $$ do dress alterations cost?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
2 posts

blacktiebride01 you got a reasonable price ๐Ÿ™‚ congratulations on your upcoming wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 18
15 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

I guess I got a really good deal.

I went in today, they are going to shorten the dress, take it in the shoulders and sides. The front of the dress also needs to be adjusted because the V is too deep.

All for $50 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
25 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know this is SUPER late in relation to the OP, but…

I was quoted $325 to raise the hem of my gown and put in a 3-pt underbustle at the bridal boutique I purchased my gown at.  Today I visited a high-end local tailor shop and was given a written estimate and guarantee of $120 for the same work (though most likely better quality than from the boutique).

Post # 20
31 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I went today to a custom dress designer who also does alterations. For 2 part bustle, bust taken in, hips taken in and one layer hemmed = 140.. I think thats a good deal!

Post # 21
37 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

So I didn’t do my homework and just had the bridal shop seamstress do it.  Part of why is because the material of my dress is a very delicate tulle, and so I felt safer keeping it in the store – if it gets messed up in the alteration process, the store is still responsible for it.

That being said, the $450 for a $1200 dress seems so sky high to me!  I got pinned and paid for it a few days ago so its too late to turn back, but now in hindsight I’m not sure if I did the right thing.  There IS a ton of work to do on it: taking the bodice in, sewing in cups, trimming down the boning from bust and altering the sweetheart neckline so it’s not so pointy and high on my short frame, some minor beading changes, hemming multiple layers of tulle and linings, and finally a somewhat complicated bustle with multiple hooks.  So, I guess that’s the going rate for all that work!  Oy.

Post # 22
12 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Gah!  I’m so paranoid about the cost of alternations.  I’m short and stumpy, so know that without a doubt, I’ll be paying an arm and leg for alternations.

Post # 23
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

mine will be around 400 for hem and letting the bodice out a little at the salon where I bought it.

Post # 24
1618 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was quoted $150 to take in the bust, hem from the waist and bustle my dress at the salon I bought the dress from.  It’s got tons of flower detail all over it and I was sure it would end up costing more than that so I am pleased.


Post # 25
5920 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I paid $150 extra when ordering my dress for the custom length measurement.  When it came in I paid $110 for the 7 point bustle for the cathedral train.

Post # 26
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I thought I got a great deal on my dress ($800) until I started getting alterations quotes! I have a disproportionately large chest, so I had to buy a dress that was much too large so that it would fit me in the bust. My dress is covered in scallop-edged lace, so the pattern of the lace has to be carefully disassembled and reattached anywhere it is taken in. It also has a keyhole back that has to be fine tuned in to fit perfectly. Most of the quotes I got were from $700-$800 to rework the top of the dress, add a bustle and do a multilayer hem. I ended up just having the top done and buying 6 inch platform heels so that I wouldn’t have to hem it. I actually love the shoes and they’re really comfortable, but now I’m going to be taller than my fiance! The cheapest well-reviewed seamstress I could find in Austin is doing the rest for $425. Sheesh! At least I don’t have to buy an expensive backless foundation garment- the work she is doing is very high quality so the dress is as supportive as a bra.



Post # 27
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Mine were about $200 when it was all said and done. I had cups put in, the dress taken in about 1.5 inches, which meant she had to do some re-beading on the bodice, and she did an 11-point bustle (I had a huge train). I did the hem to hollow measurement for $75 when I ordered the dress which meant she didn’t have to hem it at all. But it did mean I had to know when I ordered the dress, what heel height I could have.

Post # 28
553 posts
Busy bee

I just met with my seamstress (super sweet woman!) and am paying just under $150 to take in my dress a few inches on the bust, waist and hips (downsizing), mend two nearly invisible imperfections, and alter neckline to add a slight sweetheart. My dress doesn’t have a train, so no bustle needed and I am plenty tall to avoid any hemming. I was extremely happy with the first fitting and can’t wait to get my dress back end of September! 

Post # 29
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@alloy1028: do you have a recommendation for a seamstress in Austin? (budget-friendly?)

Post # 30
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am so scared my alterations are going to cost a ton… well over $1000. It needs hemmed, bustled, the top needs altered, the waist may need taken in and the bodice is COVERED in beading… I’m terrified!


Post # 31
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

When I bought my dress I got alterations included in the price.  I just picked up my dress a few weeks ago and saw that the credit is actually for up to $800…I think that’s way more than I’ll need- it needs to be taken in and I want to alter the neckline.  It’s a Vera dress so they’d better not make alterations more expensive solely because of that ๐Ÿ™

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