So much for my antique grown…Alterations vs a new dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
913 posts
Busy bee

This all depends on two things:

1. How much you like the way it looks aside from the alterations? Do you LOVEEEEE it?

2. Would it cost more than alterations + the purchase price to get another dress you like just as much?

If you aren’t in love with it, buy something else. If you think this is the one, though, get the alterations done (and get a second quote for comparison!).

Post # 3
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

What fabric(s) is the dress?  Finding one as good that’s $500 or less after alterations might be difficult, but if it’s a cheap fabric than it might not be.

Post # 6
913 posts
Busy bee

I think it is drop-dead gorgeous, and I’d be trying to alter it, too. I LOVE the color. Good luck with your second quote! 🙂

Post # 7
1214 posts
Bumble bee

shelbyarlene :  that dress is gorgeous. One quote isn’t enough on anything.

Post # 9
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

shelbyarlene :  It’s unlikely that you’d find a lace dress of that cut, for under $500 including alterations. Unless you want something much simpler, I’d get another alterations quote and adjust the dress you already have.

Post # 12
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’d get another quote or two and even if $500 is the going rate for that work, I’d go with it. It looks like it’s a lovely quality dress and you’d be hard pressed to find something g like that for $500.

Post # 13
17 posts
  • Wedding: December 2017

Hello, I used to work as a seamstress for wedding gowns, and before that I used to sell wedding gowns. This dress is at davids bridal and is visually similar to the one you have. It’s on sale for 850, and you’d still need to get alterations. One of the biggest costs is a hem, which is pretty unavoidable. For example, a hem alone on this particular dress on the DB website will be $150, go to any davids and that’s what it would be. For them to alter this dress that you bought, it would need a hem, the lace back would have to be shrunk, armholes, shoulders, side seams, front seams and back seams would have to be taken in, and it looks like there is boning in it, which depending on how much smaller you need it, will have to be moved and reset. If they’re steel bones it would be fine but if theyre plastic and brittle they may not survive and that’s an extra liability on the part of the seamstress. If the lining is brittle it may not hold up on the machine and that’s another liability, again depending on the age of the dress. It might be just fine. 🙂

For $500 that’s actually very low. I’m all about shopping for other quotes just to make sure, but I’d take the $500 over buying a nw dress. The one in the picture would end up costing $1000+, most people will need at the very least a hem and bustle put in, which can run 100-200 dollars easy, so to take the money elsewhere, I’d say you’d be hardpressed to find a dress in that price range that you love as much as this one. And even if you bought another dress, would you ever be able to love it as much as this one? 

Good luck!

Post # 14
3832 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

If you love it definitely get the alterations done. You won’t find a new dress like that for under $500, and $500 isn’t even a particularly unusual amount to pay for alterations. I imagine you bought it for a cheap price so you’re probably still getting a bargain! A bride’s gotta do what a bride’s gotta do! 

Post # 15
3933 posts
Honey bee

The dress looks to be very high quality fabric. I thnk $500 is probably a good investment.

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