(Closed) I about passed out! Alterations….how much was yours?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

from what i am aware of mines will be $300 give or take.

Post # 48
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine were around $400, but I bought my dress off the rack size 12 and I’m about size 2.  So taking it in, hemming, and bustle.  I have a lace hem as and it really is quite a bit of work.  My seamstress detached the lace hem from the hem of the skirt, and that alone took her 6 hours.  So if your dress has any of those pretty details a good seamstress will take her time taking the dress apart for alterations!  She’s an independent seamstress/dress maker so I understood the price of the alterations when thinking about it that way, and she did an amazing job!  

Post # 49
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

$350. I pay something whenever I go for more fittings. For the initial fitting, I paid $75. They are taking it in around the bodice/chest area. I pay a bit more when I go for the next fitting- I think $175. I will get a lot more done like hemming, bustles, etc. I pay the balance sometime between my 3rd fitting and picking it up.

Post # 50
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Labor in the US (ie alterations) is expensive. Labor in China, Cambodia, India, etc (where your dress was made) is cheaper than dirt.

Post # 51
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

i paid $650 for my alteration and another $450 for cleaning and preserving my dress…..

Post # 52
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

$40, all I needed was the bustle. My dress fits perfectly as it was purchased, once I put some heels on.

Post # 53
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

PeachSnapple

Where in Maryland is your seamstress? Would you mind sharing her contacts?

Post # 54
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My salon wanted $700…I went to an idependant seamstress and paid around $400.

I think $375 is reasonable if not cheap…to me at least!

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

$375. My dress was a sample, it had to be taken in ~3 sizes and needed repairs, plus a bustle, cups, and a sash. I felt like it was a good value, it’s a lot of work and I want someone skilled who values their time working on my dress.

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@littlemiss511:  I payed $95 for a 3 point bustle, having the dress taken in on the sides and in the bust, having beading taken off the butt, and hemming the dress.

 

Post # 57
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I paid 650, which I know it’s pricey but reasonable since I am so short and really petite. One of my dresses is all lace so the seamstress had a lot on her plate with that dress, I feel bad for her. Lol

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My appointment isn’t until June, but I’ve heard rumours about my salon and how much they charge! I only need mine taken in at the bust – who knows, they will probably try to get me to get more done but I feel like it fits well everywhere else. Fortunately I’m so tall there is no hemming required.

Post # 59
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

$400 around for the bust taken in and to have it hemmed, considering I paid $100 for the dress (which was originally $1000) I think it was inflated to gain some money back on the dress, BUT she did a good job, and had it done 2 weeks before the expected date.

 

Post # 60
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

$60, but all I needed was my French bustle!

Post # 61
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine were $304.  It was a sample gown, so it needed on TLC.  Plus I added on straps and I have a 7 point bustle.  

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