Post # 1
Lace dress brides, how much were your alterations? I have a lace dress with beading, and I’m terrified of the alterations cost, but I’m not planning on speaking to a seamstress for another couple of weeks, I’m just trying to prepare myself!
Post # 3
Do you have a photo of the type of lace? It depends. Mine had Alençon lace appliques which they need to remove, make the alterations and then sew back on. So it’s pricey. My alterations were $350 for the following:
– shorten straps
– take in and add cups to bust
– take in hips
If your dress is more of an allover fabric lace then it won’t be as labor intensive. Also keep in mind that I live in LA and everything is more expensive here.
Post # 4
I got a quote from my bridal shop for almost $400! I went to another lady that was highly recommended to me by a few people and she quoted me around $150-$200. I go in for my first fitting on August 8th so hopefully I will have a better idea then. Stupid lace! It’s so pretty but it’s high maintenance! lol
Post # 5
I guess I should have specified! My dress is an all lace mermaid (from Alfred Angelo) with light beading. I’m sure by the time I need it fitted I will probably have to have it taken in about 2 sizes. It’s a corset back and I also need the bustle.
Post # 6
i have a lace dress w/ beading also, but i lucked out and most of my alterations are going to be free. when i went for my first fitting, the shop owner said i was lucky that i was able to take advantage of their free alterations promotion because it would have cost a lot otherwise. i’m not much help right now, but i’m going for another fitting tomorrow and i’ll ask her how much it would have cost me.
Post # 7
@scadadle15: Where did you go? My alterations are costing 650!!! 🙁
Post # 8
@bella0831: At the bridal salon (La Soie in Torrance)
Post # 9
I have an all-lace 2 layer dress with no beading and no appliques.
My seamstress had to take it in (about half a size all over), add darts in the top of the bust, hem it, add a 3 point bustle, and make sleeves from scratch from pieces of lace I gave her. All that was $350, which I didn’t think was too bad (the sleeves are SUPER labor-intensive- without those it would’ve been closer to $200).
Post # 10
My lace ballgown cost me $70 and I had cups sewn in, taken in at the waist and bust and a 5 pt American bustle. But my neighbor who is a seamstress did it for me so she charged me way less. She told me the bridal shop she works at would have charged me atleast $175.
Post # 11
I had similar work done to mine as scadadle15 .
Sleeves taken up
sides taken in
bra cups added
It cost me $339 after tax. My seamstress had a range for the charges, and mine were on the high end for everything because of the lace.
Post # 12
I went to a seamstress last week with my lace dress and was sooo nervous. My dress has a lace overlay with a scalloped edge and I wanted the train removed and about 4 inches off the length.
The alterations involve cutting off the scalloped edge and hand stitching it back on as well as removing some appliques.
Anyway, lets cut to the chase – the train is going to be drastically shortened (not completely removed), hemmed and slightly taken in at bust – around £250 which I think is brilliant.