(Closed) Need opinions on alteration

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Bump – I’m curious too!

Post # 4
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Alterations for 2 dresses was less than $250 but I only had 1 layer.  But you do live in SF, so the pricing sounds right.  Is it possible you can send a picture of the bodice of the dress.  Personally, I hate bra cups and will have a bra sewn in before I just use bra cups.  But it does depend on your dress.

Petticoats can easily be found online but the pricing your seamstress is giving is correct. 

Post # 5
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

check craigslit for petticoats and bras. if you need control under things. VS has a slip that is control top to bottom with a built in bra and boy i love mine. i wear it when i dress nice so i dont feel lumpy lol.

make sure you try it on first though lol.



for other alterations check all the drycleaners…if the word bridal store are not on the window its WAY cheaper. my alterations were going to be over $400 and i took it to a cleaner and they did it for 50.

Post # 8
921 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@cutexkitty: not really. i got mine off CL. if you dont feel safe with ordering from someone on CL meet them somewhere and take someone with you. i took my Fiance with me and mine was only 20 bucks. you may also be able to find a seamstress that coud make you one.

Post # 10
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was going to have petticoat/crinoline made by a person that does dance costumes for highschoolers etc.  She ended up moving and I just ordered one from Ebay.  Keep your fingers crossed for me that it turns out succesfully!


I would bet though that a costume designer to the local dance troops could help you out…

Post # 11
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can get a fit and flare crinoline from davids bridal for $49

I wore a long line bra by Atmosphers from sears and had velcro strips to secure it to the dress and also had cups sewn in as well

Post # 11
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I cant comment on bras, since I dont need any padding, but as far as pricing goes, I do think its kinda high.  Is this a seamstress you picked or the salons?  I unfortunately have paid a flat rate for mine and I wont need much in alterations but the store factored it into the cost of the gown ($450) at time of purchase.  Another salon had a flat rate of $250.

If your comfortable with the place, I’d stick to it regardless of price because that dress is too pretty too risk it, but I would shop around for petticoats.

Post # 12
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I think your alterations sounds pricey IMO.

Post # 13
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Those prices sound reasonable to me.  I avoided a hem by buying the dress that is 3 inches shorter and them waiting fro it to come in to get the right height shoes.  My hem would have cost $200 otherwise.

Crinoline- $95 (I got the cinderella type one so it was more expensive, but it looked the best, and was less hot b/c it was big enough to keep the weight of the dress off of me, and stopped crinoline was going b/w my legs).  Plus it made the length of the dress perfect… hem REALLY not needed. 

Taking in sides and the bust area- $110

Bustle ($15/point)- due to the weight of the dress I will need about 7-10 pts ($105-$150) 

I dont know how much the cups are, but I’m just wearing a VS bra and she said she could just put in a little loop int he back of the dress for the bra to go through so I don’t have to worry about it shifting.  SHe said we coudl sue in the top as well, but I liiek the loop soI can reuse the bra. 

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