(Closed) Question on alterations

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Truthfully, with that many changes, it seems like its not worth it to purchase this dress.  

Post # 4
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822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

the cups can easily be taken out.

i think it can be made smaller but making it bigger depends on whether or not the designer left in any seam allowance.  if you need it taken out a few inches and there’s not enough fabric, you can prob use some of the fabric from the hem if it’s the same fabric) to create a gusset or new back panel. 

i don’t know the answer to the bustle question.

i think that a good alterations person can make miracles happen but are you willing to pay for it?  alterations can be pretty expensive.  i’m having a dress taken in a few inches and taken up about 1-2 inches and it’s costing me almost $400 (about 10% of the cost of the dress).  My other dress is a little more complicated and i think i will end up payng $700 to get it altered (a little more than 10% of the cost of the dress). 

are you getting a good deal on the dress?  will the dress be worth several hundred dollars in alterations?

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

When you order a dress to your measurements, unless you are doing it by muslin pattern, it’s not precisely to your exact measurements, but to the correct size based on your measurements. It still has to be altered.

This pre-owned dress sounds like it would cost a lot to alter… maybe $400 to $600. A new dress would probably run you a little less. Mine was almost $400, but some brides get lucky and only have to pay for a bustle and, like, 2 side seams.

As for an alterations place outside of a salon, many salons don’t have onsite alterations anyway and send you out to someone they respect, so call and ask around. Only go to someone who has signification prior experience with wedding dresses.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Of the preowned vs. the sample, preowned sounds better. Has it been professionally cleaned?

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@SimplyMrsC:  Then of the two (preowned vs. sample), I’d definitely go preowned. I think the alterations bill will be similar either way since the sample is so much bigger.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@SimplyMrsC:  Of course. Most dresses are altered at least 3 times for the first bride anyway. Shortening always depends on the dress, but if this is tafetta without embellishment (other than the pickups), shortening should not be a problem.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

after hearing the odetails about the preowned dress, i think you should buy it.  it’s a dress that you cannot buy anymore and the sample dress sounds like it’s in terrible condition.  i found that sample gowns vary in condition from shop to shop.  some are awful and some look brand new.  since it only needs to be taken in a bit in the bust and hips, then the alterations should not be too complicated. 

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