(Closed) Wedding Dress Alterations…need your opinions

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Can’t recommend anyone in Chicago, but I do think that $400 minimum is kind of outrageous. My dress fit almost perfectly on arrival – the seamstress had to tighten the little off-the-shoulder sleeve/straps just a little so they wouldn’t flop around, and do the bustle.  For that I paid $70.  I can’t understand why there would be such a high minimum, when if they did a decent job of measuring (and you don’t have some kind of off-standard measurements) you might need very little done to the dress!  Maybe try the Chicago area board for a recommendation.

Post # 4
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

where did you buy your dress from?

Post # 5
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would go through the phone book and look up alterations, call around and get some price quotes. That does sound like a bit much, that better include a french bustle, (where the dress is hung up on the back, but with no string showing) Usually it costs more to do that. I also noticed that when or if you purchased your dress for a "decent" price, like at a David’s Bridal, they always jack you when it comes to alterations, thats how they make their money! I would also check out craigslist.org in your area, you might be surprised the people and small businesses you can find! Good luck!

Post # 6
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

melissa- i know someone really great in Skokie. she’s altering my dress and the total is going to be about $270, which was a lot more than i was expecting, but she did a LOT of work.

french bustle, the top part had to be taken in a LOT, and the bottom needed to be shortened; my dress was lace all over and it took her a long time to take it apart.

pm if you want her info!

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