(Closed) seamstress/tailor/alterations cost in NYC?

posted 10 years ago in New York City
Post # 4
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I also live in NYC and I think that sounds about right for an independent seamstress.  The one thing you have to remember is that the price is probably a little higher because it is a wedding dress.  I took a bridesmaids dress in for alterations – and all he did was take it in under my arms and it was $80 (However, it did fit like a glove).   I got my wedding dress at Saks and they charge a 1 time fee for alterations and I believe it’s either $400 or $450.  I hope that helps.

Post # 5
5 posts
  • Wedding: April 2008

I’ve heard the second you say "wedding dress" the price goes up.  My dress is simple silk sheath with a mini train (no lace or beading).  All I needed was the hem to come up a little bit.  Didn’t mention "wedding" at all, went to my usual dry cleaner/alterations lady….$40.  Some might think that’s risky with a wedding dress, but I know she does good work, and since we are "regulars" when it comes to dry cleaning, they have business to lose if she doesn’t do a great job.  My shoes are pretty high, so I can always go to a shorter shoe or barefoot (oceanside wedding) if she takes too much off.  So I’m glad I’m only paying $40 for a hem (typical for a formal dress), rather than $80 if I had gone to a wedding dress specialist.

That said, it sounds like you have a bit more work involved, particularly stuff that will have a significant impact of the overall look on you, and that number sounds about right for several changes through an independent seamstress.  Heck I think even if you went somewhere like RK Bridal and used their in house seamstress, you’d be looking at $250-300 (if memory serves from my experience there) 

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