(Closed) Pre-tailoring jitters for my off-the-rack dress – is this gonna bankrupt me?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much did it cost to have your dress tailored (including bustle, if you had one)?
    Less than $250 (off the rack) : (3 votes)
    23 %
    Less than $250 (custom ordered with my measurements) : (0 votes)
    $250-$500 (off the rack) : (5 votes)
    38 %
    $250-$500 (custom ordered with my measurements) : (2 votes)
    15 %
    $500+ (off the rack) : (1 votes)
    8 %
    $500+ (custom ordered with my measurements) : (2 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I just had my first appointment so I don’t have any before/after shots but I’m getting a bit of work done. The estimate has me at about $400 if I don’t add anything else. Half of that price is just the lace hem and the bustle, the rest is taking my entire dress in.

    I bought a second hand but unaltered dress in a 12 since I was on the line for 10/12 for my biggest measurement and I usually suck at losing weight. Naturally I actually have gotten down a couple inches in some places so I have to take the whole dress in 1-3 sizes depending on which part it is. I’m also taking in the sleeves and adding cups. 

    According to my seamtress having a designer lace dress is driving my price up a bit due to hem and the way the boning/corset is constructed inside. Independent seamstresses are usually a bit cheaper too, mine is about average in the area but I’m paying a little more for her experience and familarity with my designer. 



    Post # 4
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If you need the waist taken in, the bust let out, hemming, AND a bustle….i’d expect you to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $300-400. More if there is a lot of structure in the top, or lots of lace/beading, and more if there are a lot of layers on the bottom.

    Post # 5
    6123 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Sevyn:  You can go get a quote from a seamstress and you can shop around!


    I bought my sample gown off the rack.  Thinking it needed extensive hemming (it had a very intricate lace applique at the bottom, and thinking I’d have to wear 6″ platforms to get it off the floor – I discoverd the right slip did the trick.  I did add one inch extra to my heels (they were 3″ heels which 1/2″ of that was the platform).  The slip did it!  No hemming!  So try various slips first at the seamtress.  It still touched the ground a little, but I just accepted the fact that I had to pick it up to walk.

    I had an overbustle put in at $5 a point.  So that was $10.

    I had the bustline taken in 1″ total (so 1/2″ on each side).  I totally regret that as I did not need it I felt, and I couldn’t even sit in my gown through dinner.  I had to change before the food came which I was disappointed.  I wanted to stay in the gown as long as possible.  That cost me $60.

    So all in all $70 in alterations and $30 for a slip!

    Post # 6
    6123 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Another dress I had the boobs fit all wrong, I swore it’d be extensive altering to get it right and it was chiffon. All she had to od was lift the shoulder straps 1″ and voila, it all fell into place.  I didn’t have the alterations done, but I had it quoted.


    Basically I’m saying get a quote.  I feared the worst and it worked out in the end.

    Post # 7
    3823 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I bought my dress at a sample sale and my first alteration appointment is at the end of February. When I bought the dress, the only thing that needed to be fixed was the hem. The dress is too long in the front. It fit perfectly everywhere else. 

    But now, I’m back to running and training (I’m a marathoner) and at the time, I was taking a break and eating all the things because it was the holidays lol. So, who knows how the dress fits now. :-/ 

    I hope I don’t have to pay more than $300-$400. I’m a little nervous about maintaining my size (I don’t want to lose ANY weight), especially around my back. That’s the only place that seems to noticeably slim down or bulk up with muscle. So this should be fun.

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