(Closed) How much would you pay to have your dress altered?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
31 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

I just went in for alterations and was surprised at how much my alterations will cost at the bridal store I bought my dress at. Total cost to take in the sides/bodice, shorten hemline, adjust straps, add bra pads and 3 point bustle is 565.00 dollars plus tax. I checked around with some friends who have had alterations and after looking at my dress which has tons of ruching (sp?) and layers of ruffles, I was told that it would take a lot of work to alter my dress. I almost wish that I had chosen a more simple dress!

Post # 4
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Um. I didn’t have to do much to my dress. Bought it secondhand and the seller has almost the exact same measurements I do plus a couple of inches of height. So I just took it up. My seamstress did it for $55.

My seamstess usually has a $100 minimum but since I took one of my bridesmaid to her and I am sending my sister (and MOH) to her too she did away with the minimum. It also helps that the alterations were so minimal

My bridesmaid had her gown taken in, her train bustled, and bottom hemmed and that was $45.

Post # 5
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am having a corset back put in my gown for $100. I don’t go for my first fitting until October or November, so I don’t know yet if I will need any more alterations.

Post # 6
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m actually hoping to swing some favours and get one of my wardrobe mistress friends to do it for free. If you know anyone who deals with costume for film/theatre it’s well worth asking.

Post # 7
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Mine was $270 for her to take it in significantly in the bodice, hem it a couple of inches and add a three point bustle. 

Post # 8
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Luckily I had my mom, aka The Bargaining Queen, and she managed to set an agreement with the boutique that regardless of the alterations needed, I would only spend $50!

Post # 9
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I spent over $300 on alterations.


I bought a sample gown, second hand, never worn with tags, for $85 ($115 with shipping). So, $300 was nothin’. And she took it down nearly four sizes, hemmed it, added a crinoline, bra cups, a five point ribbon bustle (which DIDN’T break, it was awesome) and had to deal with detailed lace over the seams.

Post # 10
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am paying $500….

Post # 11
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Ug. I’m a little embarassed to admit the price.

Take in side seams


french bustle (my dress is so simple, it had to have some flare in the back when bustled)




Post # 13
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

there usually isn’t an hourly rate.  You pay for whatever they are doing.  I wouldn’t pay more than $200.  But that’s just me.

Post # 14
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010


I paid 210 for my alterations. My dress was only 300! So needless to say I was not too thrilled. But I did get the neckline adjusted, a super fancy bustle. My dress is covered in lace so this was the best look. I also had the sides taken in a little to be more curve fitting, apparently I have hips like a 14 year old boy. Undecided


Oh well I am happy with the end result, with everything pinned. 500 dollars for the dress to fit extremely well, isn’t too bad. Since my dream dress was $$$$$.

Post # 15
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I paid for $180 including Tax. I needed a 2 inch hem and a pick-up french bustle. But i didn’t have anything else altered. It luckily fit me like a glove!

Post # 16
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think I paid around $200.

My seamstress:

took my dress up at the shoulders $25

Took the waist in $25

Took up the hemline $40

Tucked in a couple pleats $10

Created an 8 point French Bustle $100 (she charged $12 per bustle point)

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