(Closed) My $99 remake – significant alterations

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

The itemized breakdown of the alterations costs seems pretty reasonable to me, considering the sizing difference.

Its hard to really say without seeing the pics of the dress. 

I paid $150 in alterations to shorten illusion straps, add cups, let out the lining and add a bustle. 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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cherryiice:  It never hurts to get more than one estimate on any large expenditure.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I always say that 3 quotes is the best for anything! Generally, the seamstress that works with a shop would be more expensive than an independant tailor/seamstress. I would search yelp and other local resources to find a tailor shop near you that has done wedding dresses and get a quote from them.

Can’t wait to see the final result!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Get a second opinion before you proceed. I am paying $125 for alterations to my $99 dress. She is shortening it, putting in boning, adding a bustle and bringing the top in a little. You are having more done but i think you may be able to find a slightly better rate and still receive great work. 

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by leekissesme.
Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

The bustle is the only odd quote to me. The rest sounds reasonable. See what other options you have though

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

It sounds as though ther will be almost nothing of the oirginal dress left once it’s radically resized,the waistline is completely changed, the sleeves are altered and the illusion back is removed so the quote sounds entirely reasonable to me.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

I paid that much for mine to be taken in, bustled, and hemmed at the salon I bought it from (standard alterations charge)…so it seems like a fair price to me for how much you’re doing to the dress. It couldn’t hurt to get a second quote, but I’d just be careful not to go with the cheapest option but instead to pick the quality of the seamstress’ work. I feel like alterations can really make or break a dress, especially extensive ones.

P.S. I think it looks really nice with the pinned changes!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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theatrejulia:  I’m guessing they charge $11 per point and it could be done with 1-5 points, but they won’t decide that till the other changes are made? My dress was originally 1 point and I had them change the bustle to 3. 

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