Post # 1
I was PMS’ing and super bloated (lovely) when I was measured for my dress and the consultant wanted me to order a size 14 (I’m between a 4-8 in normal clothes). After peeling myself off the ceiling I persuaded her to order a 12. Well just as I thought I have lost weight (and have 10 more lbs to go!) and I’m trying to prep myself for the cost of alterations. Below are the size 12 measurements and my current measurements. I also will need it hemmed and a bustle. There’s no beading or lace so that will help some.
Size 12- bust 37.5 waist 29.5 hips 41 My current measurements- bust 37 waist 28 hips 37. When I’m at my low weight I am bust 36 waist 26 hips 36.
What do you think alterations will cost? How much were yours? I’ll post pics of me in the dress when I try it on Wednesday (and the alterations estimate- blech)!
Post # 3
It honestly depends on your seamstress, the cost varies from shop to shop.
Post # 4
The first seamstress I visited quoted me $700 to hem my dress and slightly take it in. I went to another woman and it was $350 total. It really depends on where you go.
Post # 5
$700!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s insane! I’m glad you got a better price! I guess I’ll be shopping around some!
Post # 6
@Penelopeee: It depends on the area, seamstress and what needs to be done. At the shop I went, the minimum for alterations was $425, and that doesn’t include the bustle.
Post # 7
Yes! And considering my dress was only $1100 there was no way I was going to pay $700 just for minor alterations. Definitely call around.
Post # 8
Agreed with the PPs. I would shop around for quotes if you can. For example, my dress will need alterations because I am 1.5 years out from my wedding and in the middle of losing a lot of weight. A friend of mine who was in a wedding party last month went to a lady who owns her own shop out of her house. She does fantastic work and she charged her $20. Her friend, the bride, was charged $60 and she did a LOT of alterations.
Post # 9
@Penelopeee: Mine were $600, but I did them at the designer’s shop and in NYC. It really depends on your location and where you go honestly.
Post # 10
@Penelopeee: I have a modified A-line gown and I had to have 7 bustle connection points installed so it cost around $375. But yours shouldn’t cost more than $300. The bustle is more expensive than hemming and taking it in. At my bridal boutique, simple alterations cost $45.