(Closed) Really ticked off about Alterations…

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Actually, Feb. 8 does not sound that early to me if your wedding is March 24.  The seamstress may have other alterations to do.  Is this seamstress affiliated with a store or does she work out of her home?  Maybe she is saying Feb. 8 and will have you try it one last time in case there are some last minute additional alterations that need to be done.

One of my neighbors growing up was a seamstress and worked out of her home and she worked similarly.  She usually had her clients pick up their dresses about 6 weeks ahead of time and she did NOT press them as she didn’t have access to that kind of professional equipment.

Depending on how busy your dress is, $500 kind of seems like a lot but until I saw my neighbor working, I didn’t realize how much work is invovled in altering wedding gowns.  Say it takes her 20 hours to alter your gown.  That comes out to $25/hour, which around me, is pretty average for wedding gown alterations.

I had my dress custom made and my seamstress wound up catching pneumonia so I didn’t get my dress until literally the week before the wedding.  She too had promised it to me sooner (I think a month prior) but obviously she couldn’t help getting sick.  You don’t want to be cutting it that close!

Post # 4
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It depends on how you are doing your alterations.  I think the Wedding Industry recommends three fittings; one around 2 months out, one around 1 month out, and the last two weeks out.  Part of the reason for this is to ensure the fit is perfect for you; even after the first round of alterations sometimes the fit can be improved.

Depending on your dress and how elaborate it is, it may be difficult to take it in.  However the quote still seems high to me.  I’ve seen alterations on here run up to $600 but that was for more than just fitting the gown and a bustle.  (Usually changing to a sweetheart neckline or adding a corset back)

If you feel rushed or uncomfortable, it’s not a big deal to find someone else who you click with better.

Post # 5
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

That is too far out.  Insist that you get another fitting 2 weeks out.  My alterations are $690 at the Vera Wang salon and I know I’m paying more because its in-house.  $600 seams like a lot for a local seamstress.

Post # 6
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

I also had to take my dress elsewhere to be pressed after alterations.

WOuldn’t hurt to get a 2nd opinion OP

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