Post # 1
I took my dress for Alterations to a reputable seamstress. I’ve heard she does a great job, but I felt a little rushed by her. My Wedding isn’t even until March 24 and she insisted I come in for my first fitting this past weekend (2.5 months out).
I’ve lost weight so the dress is big on me, but she’s charging me $500 just to take it in and bustle it – it doesn’t need any hemming.
After I thought about it, I realized she wants me to pick the dress up in early February. I thought, “How is it going to be steamed/pressed right for the Wedding, which is a ways after that?”
I called her today to clarify and she said I need to take the dress ELSEWHERE to have it steamed/pressed 3 or 4 days before the wedding.
Now, I feel like an even bigger idiot. I’m paying $500 to have the dress taken in 2 sizes and bustled and it won’t even be steamed/pressed?
Not to mention, February 8th is very far away from the actual Wedding. What are the chances that my body won’t change some more, considering I’d been steadily losing weight up until now?
I don’t understand… is this typical? I feel jipped.
Post # 3
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
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
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
- 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