Post # 1
In April, just after our engagement, my Maid/Matron of Honor and I found THE Dress! As far as i knew, everything was perfect. I bought the dress off the rack and it was too big but the owner of the shop assured me that because it had a corseted back and was too big, not too small, that alterations would be no problem. She even gave me the name of her favorite seamstress that “does this all the time”. Last week, I decided that with 4 months to go, I should go ahead and start the alterations process so to avoid any stress. When I took the dress to the suggested seamstress, I was told “Honey, you should start shopping for a new dress that fits you”. She went on to say that because of the beading, the cut, and where I needed it taken in, it would cost at least $250 for alterations and even then, she couldn’t promise that it will fit the way it should! I was completely shocked! I called the Bridal shop back and told her what I had learned in hopes that she could offer some remedy (credit in the store, another seamstress, ANYTHING!) but nothing. She simply said “well I can never know exactly how much the alterations will cost, I’m sure you’ll work something out”. I am so upset and now am left to sell my dress and start back at Square 1. Boooooooooooooooooooooo!
Post # 3
$250 for alterations is really cheap. Over the years, there have been a lot of polls about alteration costs, and most bees pay over $300, and a LOT are in to $400-600 range.
If you decide you’d rather do another dress, J. Crew, David’s Bridal, and sample sales are your best bet.
Just wait until you see how much it costs to clean it after the wedding!
Post # 4
I agree, $250 is not bad at all for alterations. But the issue is more that the dress might not fit the same. I would maybe start to shop, but if you love the dress I’d get started on alterations as well and hope that works out.
Post # 5
$250 is totally normal for alterations! I would suggest a new seamstress if that’s how she reacted.
However, if you really need a new dress, I got mine from David’s Bridal special order and I got it in less than a month. They were willing to sell any of the sample dresses too so if they were my size I could have walked out with a dress that day.
Post # 6
Talk to another seamstress who feels more confident in altering the dress. $250 is completely average for alterations!
Post # 7
I’m assuming you expect to pay more than $250 for another dress? $250 is cheap for alterations. Mine are $695. I doubt you’d find another seamstress who’ll do alterations at a lower price, but you might find someone who’s more confident that they can make the dress fit perfectly.
Post # 8
My dress alterations are $700. I bought a dress that fit me and it still needed all these alterations. I would be happy with $250 and would not look for a new dress if yours is doable.
Post # 9
I’m definitely on board with paying whatever it takes to make the dress fit, but i don’t want to alter the dress and have it not fit correctly. I’ve talked to several other seamstress over the past week (since I spoke with her) and everyone in the area pointed me in her direction saying that She works wonders with dresses that are too big. Just feeling a little overwhelmed because I was assured before i bought it that making it fit would be no problem.
And Yes, I’m planning to pay more than $250 for another dress that fits but I plan to sell the Mori Lee (the 1st dress) if that is the route I go. I just don’t want to wonder if the dress is going to look how I envisioned it. After talking to some great friends, I’m not nearly as upset as I was. I think I was just caught off guard to learn that I may not be able to wear my dress.
Post # 10
@BreezyP: The dress store should have offered you store credit at least for the dress. You brought the dress on the word of the saleswoman that the dress could be made to fit you- it couldn’t. Than the dress shop should help you out!. It is easy for them, they take the dress back, and find you another one, you paid the difference. (they end up on top- more money in the till, and a happy customers). I just don’t get some stores!.
Post # 11
if the sales lady told you it would fit after alterations, and persuaded you to buy the dress because of that, she should be helping you with a credit on a dress that will fit!