(Closed) What alterations did you have done and how much did they cost?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@tuscanbride: that’s what happened with mine – she had to take the lace band off (between lace skirt area and bust area).  Be prepared for an expensive bill!

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

$165 for mine. I had it hemmed and a 3 point bustle with loops put in. I was honestly expecting it to be much more though since my dress had a lace overlay that needed to be hemmed.

Post # 49
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

About $300.  An inch taken in, cups put in, monster of a hem (pickup skirt needed individual hems for each pick up), bustle, and sash added at the chest.  My dress was only $450 so it was close!

Post # 50
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798 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

a simple bustle, some added stitches to keep some pleats together & hem cost me about $150

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@FutureHarp: Don’t be scared. I went to David’s bridal and it ended up being pretty resonable for basic alterations. These were their prices:

Hem – $130

Bustle – $35 + $10 for extra loops

Bra cups – $35

I suppose it could get expensive if you want extensive alterations – boning, neckling alterations, extra beading etc. But for the basics, they’re not bad.

Post # 52
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I haven’t had my alterations yet but I was quoted $60 for taking the dress in (it will need to be taken in a lot…probably an inch or two on each side) and adding a bustle.  I am hoping it stays that low!

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I thought Davids Bridal was expensive but I went into “The Wedding Seamstress” here in Denver today to get a free fitting/consultation and she was almost $200 bucks MORE! She charges for every individual organza ruffle that she has to hem, and charges seperately for the waist and the hips to be taken in. Last I checked, a side seam is a side seam yes? I have one other place to check before my first fitting with Davids on Aug 23..otherwise, its going to cost between $325-350. Highway robbery in its finest form! 

Post # 54
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just got quoted $235 – $100 for hem, $120 for bust and waist area and $15 for bustle.  I think that’s pretty good considering I got the dress 2 sizes too big! 

Post # 55
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had a bustle, bra cups put in, a zipper fixed and the top of my lace dress cut and pretty much reshaped- for $80 right outside of Boston! Crazy great price. I was quoted $450 at bridal shops in the city. I went to the suburbs to an independent seamstress that worked out of her and she did INCREDIBLE work! Get some referrals, do some internet research, and get to an independent seamstress.

Post # 56
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

$300 for mine, included a hem, slight release in the hips, taking in slightly in the bust (there is a first for me!) and a bustle.

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Reading that many of you ladies pay around $300 for alteratoin makes me feel less bad. My alteration is total $415 (not including tax). $220 for hem for 6 layers. Not sure if this is a lot or not. Side seam at top and hip is $100. Bustle is $95.

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

David’s bridal 9T3090 I went today to look for alterations and here is my break down. 

 

Local Tailor… 

Hem (shortened 2-3 inches, not sure how much) cost: $70

Top part taken in: $40

Bustle: $10

Total: 120

 

David’s bridal:

Hem Cost: $120

Top part taken in: $80

Bustle: $50

$250…

 

Guess who i went with. THe lady has great reviews so i am trusting her to alter my dress!

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to an independent seamstress. $100 flat fee

Entire top taken in

Beading tightened

Pleats tacked down

Lace overlay tacked down

5-point bustle

Post # 60
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Newbee

I paid $240 when I ordered my dress to have it “custom made to length.”  When the dress arrived it was about 5″ too long… to fix the length, take it on the top, and add a bustle the salon gave me the “discount rate” of an additional $440. 

I am having them re-do the bustle… it’s hideous.  Hopefully they aren’t going to charge extra for that as well! 

 

 

Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am having bra cups and 3 bustles put in for a total of $67.  

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