- 7 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
I have a question about alterations that I was hoping all you ladies who’d already had your dresses altered could help me with!
I live in the South Florida area, and I recently went to a highly recommended bridal alterations place and asked them to take in and hem my dress. I am wearing Reem Acra’s “Orchid”, and I needed the bodice taken in about an inch, and the hem taken up about 3 inches. I knew the bodice would be expensive because it’s chantilly lace and there are two zippers at the back. I was quoted $300 dollars for that, but I got them to discount it to $250.
Then they told me that the hem would be the really expensive part. They quoted me $500 JUST to do the hem. They said that this was because the fabric (silk organza) is very delicate and therefore requires a lot of time and care, and because the skirt has multiple layers.
Doesn’t $500 seem like a ridiculous price to pay for a hem?? I mean, I know it’s a fine fabric, but it doesn’t even have to be hemmed all the way around, as the dress has a train and that obviously doesn’t have to be shortened. What’s more, the other layers underneath the silk organza only need to be cut, NOT hemmed.
I left the dress with them, but only to do the bodice. I said I’d think about the hem and get back to them. Should I find a different place to do the hem? Even if it IS a really delicate fabric, I think any experienced seamstress should be able to do it for a lot less.
What did you pay for your hem? Should I bite the bullet and stay with this seamstress or get my dress out of there ASAP?