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

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 62
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013


Post # 63
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I didn’t need any alterations other than the bustle which was $60

Post # 64
184 posts
Blushing bee

Sounds about average. My alterations ran me $380. It includes replacing the zipper, adding cups, hemming the three layers of skirt, adding a bustle and all the alterations on the waist portion. I bought a sample so I knew it would be a little pricey.

Post # 65
7171 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ironically, when cleaning out a purse I found the invoice for my alterations. $360


My dress was all lace. I ordered it in the appropriate length straight from the designer, so thankfully no hemming was needed. Had it been needed it would have driven the price up. My bill is itemized :


  • Let up shoulders and fix sides (my dress had a lace strap that needed to be shortened)- $40
  • Work to bodice (satin lining and lace overlay) – $80
  • $40/hr to work w/ lace on bodice – $18
  • Fix lace back (reshape so more of a V rather than square) – $26
  • Let out back, replace zipper w/ invisable zipper, move buttons – $70
  • Reshape sides of skirt – $56
  • Reshape satin lining & lace – $50
  • Bustle, $10/point…3 points – $30


So essentially she tightened up my straps because they were too big/long and weren’t “holding” me up. She also brought in some lace to the deep V in the front to make it a tad more modest. She modified the back because even though it looked like it was going to be a deep V it was actually more squared off, so she altered it to a V. She let it out a tad, and changed the origional zipper to an invisable zipper and reponsitioned the buttons so it looked better. She reshaped the skirt, because I wanted a bit more of a mermaid (but not tight) rather than A-line. Finally she did my bustle.


My costs were as such because my dress was a champange underlay with ivory lace overlay. That means she had to do the same alterations to BOTH layers. On top of that everytime she worked with the lace overlay she had to remove the lace and reattach it. I was super pleased with all of her work and she did a fantastic job!




Post # 66
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just got back from getting a quote and it came out to $500. That’s for a hem, take in bust, add cups, remove sash, and a 5 point over bustle. The reason mine is so expensive is because my dress has a textured skirt and heavily beaded bodice


Post # 67
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It would have been over $600 but they capped alteration costs at $500. 

Post # 68
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My alterations cost $355.  I got them done at the salon I bought my dress at.  I knew I could get it for cheaper with an independent seamtress, but I was worrying that something might get screwed up.  I figured if the salon’s seamstress messed up, it’d be their fault and I wouldn’t have to pay for a brand new dress all over again.

I ended up LOVING the salon’s seamstress.  She was brillant.  I had my dress hemmed, the sides taken in a bit, TWO bustles done (french in the back and a front bustle), and some rubber thing put into the top of the bust lining so that it would stay down on my chest better instead of leaving a gap.  If that rubber thing didn’t work, I would have had to pay an extra $150 so that she could remove a section of the bust, redo the intense beading, and make the bust smaller. Then I had to pay $90 to get the dress steamed/pressed right before the wedding. My dressed turned out absolutely perfect and it was all worth it. 🙂

Post # 69
933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I just had my first alterations appointment – I was quoted $400 to hem my dress (there are 5 layers to hem up), stitch on a sash & remove an applique, take up straps, add cups, add a 7 point bustle, and make the top more contoured to my chest. 

Post # 70
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine was 525. Alterations are expensive! 

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