(Closed) How much were your alterations?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Hostess
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I had the seamstress him the dress a smidge, make straps (out of the hemmed fabric) and put in a one point bustle. That ran me $75. 

Post # 4
Member
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had to have my dress taken in at least two sizes, cups sewn in, hemmed, and a bustle added.  I paid $325, and was thrilled with that, considering how much she had to take it in – every single time I went, she would discover that she had to take it in more. 

Post # 5
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1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had the train removed off of my simple chiffon dress and had the dress hemmed and taken in on the sides(dress was too big but was a great deal)

 

 

Cost me $240

Post # 6
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11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My bridal store has a flat rate of $500 – this includes the “normal” alterations – hem, taking the dress in, and the bustle.  It doesn’t include any custom work (e.g., altering neck lines, etc.)

Post # 7
Member
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think I paid around $330, and I had a bustle done, extra tulle put in, cups added, had the dress itself taken in as it was too big, and had it steamed. Also had my mom’s dressed taken in some as well 🙂

Post # 8
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1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MrsWBS:  My bridal store has a flat rate of $500

 

 

Is that for EVERY dress?  What if you bought a sample on sale?  I’d be looking for a private seamstress than pay that, seems ridiculous.

Post # 9
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719 posts
Busy bee

I went to a private seamstress and paid $100 for a little hemming. It would have been only $85 but she charged me $15 to steam it.  

ETA:  It also had a bustle added too.  

Post # 10
Member
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

$425 to take in, shorten, and bustle.

Post # 11
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33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@speechgal44:  who is the private seamstress you went to?  sounds like you got a great price!

Post # 12
Member
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had a 9 point bustle done, straps removed and steamed for $150 (at Davids Bridal)

Post # 13
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

$500 flat fee.  

Post # 14
Member
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

$560 for pretty much everything. Taken in up top, let out on the hips, armholes readjusted, boning readjusted, added a strip to the bottom to make it longer, pulling out the zipper to reshape the back, plus unpicking and restitching a lot of lace. I think there was more, but the whole ordeal was so traumatic that it’s gone fuzzy in my memory.

Post # 15
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1095 posts
Bumble bee

My alterations were done at Vera Wang (where my dress is from) and they originally quoted me  a flat fee of 850$ for everything and anything, but since we didn’t have to do the hem, they knocked off 200$. all the ended up doing is sewing in cups and taking in the dress at the bodice. I know I could have gotten a better price at a local seamstress but I payed for the piece of mind of the makers of the dress altering it…

Post # 16
Member
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine were $272. They brought up my hem, took in the top a bit, and added a bustle. The Hem was the most expensive because my dress has two different fabrics at the floor levels (organza “peeks” through the satin… so my hem had to be brought up at the waist. 

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