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Wedding Dress Alterations Cost

How Much Do Wedding Dress Alterations Cost?

Typical costs:
  • The cost of alterations varies widely, depending on the style of the dress and complexity of the work. The three alterations most likely to be done are hemming, bodice alterations and shortening of sleeves.
  • A bodice alteration can cost $30 for a simple dress to $100 or more for a dress with boning or beading that needs to be removed, then reinserted or reapplied.
  • A hem might run $80 for a simple dress to $200 or more for a multi-layered dress.
  • Sleeve alterations usually run between$40 and $80, depending on how much decoration or beading is on the sleeves.
  • Leanna Studios[1] offers a primer on alterations costs. Bridal salons, especially in large cities, tend to charge more than independent seamstresses.
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What should be included:
  • The seamstress will try the dress on the bride to see which alterations are needed. There should be a second fitting, with further alterations if necessary, until the dress fits perfectly.
  • Remember to bring the bra, any support garments and the shoes you plan to wear, to your fittings.
  • Tip: Make sure to establish a clear timeline with the person doing your alterations, and allow a few extra days so there is time to fix problems. The[2] offers a guide to alterations.
Additional costs:
  • Bustling the dress, so the bride can lift and secure her train after the ceremony, normally costs extra, from about $20 to $90, depending on the size of the train, and how complicated the bustle. Leanna Studios provides a primer on different types of bustles[3] .
  • After alterations, the dress will need to be pressed or steamed. Typically the cost runs from about $40 for a simple dress to $100 for a multi-layered dress with a long train.
  • Some bridal shops will offer discounts of 10 percent or more for dresses they sell.
Shopping for wedding dress alterations:
  • Ask the shop where you purchase your dress whether they also do alterations. If so, you might consider using them since they will have a vested interest in making sure you are happy with the dress. If not, ask the bridal shop -- or friends who have recently married -- for recommendations.
  • Bridal salons are usually the best place to start looking for alterations services because they have experience with wedding gowns. The[4] offers a city-by-city guide to bridal salons.
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True Cost of Wedding Dress Alterations
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Custom Alterations by Linda in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: August 14th, 2017 12:08AM
Store: Not ApplicableAlterations Made: General
An alterations Specialist (or tailor) is the only person that should be allowed to "work" on your wedding dress. It is said that skilled labor is not cheap. Clothing alterations require skill, ingenuity and time when it comes to re-engineering a dress. I have altered formal wear for over 10 years and I am constantly updating my skills to accommodate fashion trends. An alterations "business" that is home-based or brick and mortar still has to use a highly skilled individual to "work" on customizing a garment that was not made for the customer. Keep in mind that the cost of Alterations has little to do with how much you pay for the garment. If you purchase a $5 can of oil and ask a experiened mechanic to put it into your car, it is going to cost you about $50 for their time, knowledge, equipment, tools, skills, etc. A seamstress or tailor also deserves payment for their skills, time and everything it costs to customize your special attire. Wedding dress alterations now avg $400-500.
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: smsivulabydesign in Coon Rapids, MN.Posted: June 27th, 2017 01:06PM
Store: SMSivula by DesignAlterations Made: 22 years experience
I have to chuckle over the comments about pricing. Custom dresses should not cost less than ready to wear (unless you are buying the label/shop name). The things I try to remind brides of are: 1. I make your pattern for you alone. The time involved in creating an initial design and then a pattern is absorbed completely in the cost of your dress. A manufacturer could spreads the cost across 100's of dresses. 2. Time spent acquiring all the fabrics and coordinating all the trims and construction materials is absorbed in the cost of your dress. 3. The materials cost are usually retail (or slightly discounted) because I am making 1 dress, not 100's. 4. It is time consuming to bead lace or trims. I don't work for the 2.00/hr rate of many overseas manufacturing companies. 5. "Custom" is expensive! If you don't want to spend the money--DON'T! There are plenty of affordable dress shops/consignments shops. Buy a reasonably priced dress, and then have alterations done.
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Wedding and Prom Alterations
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Seamstress in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: May 28th, 2016 09:05AM
I have been doing Wedding and Prom Alterations in AZ for almost 41 years. Every dress is different and customization is the key to a brides comfort and success. Basic prices are necessary and depending on the critical areas altering the pricing can change dramatically. Go to a trusted seamstress and word of mouth recommendations are the best. If you are not comfortable with one check out another one. It is always your choice to choose whom you feel trusting and comfortable with. also check the pricing with them first before they do any pinning.
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Ball gown type wedding/quinceanera dress with no train
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Disturbed in L. A., CA.Posted: February 29th, 2016 11:02PM
Store: Private seamstressAlterations Made: Hemming
I was shocked when this seamstress charged me $500 to hem a full ball gown type dress. The skirt and petticoats were mostly made out of tule, so that only needed cutting. I am trying to understand how she arrived at this price. When I went to another seamstress her prices were nowhere close to this amount. Really would like some input on this.
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Question About Cost
Amount: $4,500.00
Posted by: Concerned and Out of Time in Pittsburgh, CA.Posted: March 14th, 2015 08:03PM
Is it normal for a bridal store to order a dress two sizes too big and then ask to make $3000 dollars in alterations because clearly the dress does not fit?
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Extra charge for re-doing taking in a wedding dress
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Leslie S Kling in Johnstown, CO.Posted: May 31st, 2014 08:05PM
Store: SewTique AlterationsAlterations Made: take in wedding dress
I charge an additional fee if a bride gains or loses weight once her wedding dress has been altered and completed. I take measurements at the first time I see the bride. I also have the bride sign a statement that if you gain or lose weight while we are working on your dress from the first fitting you will be charged for that alteration again. Too many brides change their weight while seamstresses are working on their wedding dress. I will not start on a dress alteration if they are dieting. Until their weight is stable, then I will start alterations. Sometimes this can be an issue but in the end it usually works out.
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Been a bridal seamstress for 5 years now
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Leslie Kling in Johnstown, CO.Posted: May 31st, 2014 07:05PM
Store: SewTique AlterationsAlterations Made: Wedding Gown
I have been a bridal seamstress for 5 years now and love it. Each dress is different to alter. The most complex alterations can be taking in a wedding dress. You have to pin the dress perfectly and follow the pin lines to a tea or you will be off. There is nothing worse then having to re-do an alteration. I always have my brides come for 3 -4 fittings. The initial fitting where you pin the areas that need altering, the next fitting is to see how you did the alterations and pressed the hemming to make sure you can finish it, then the final fitting where the dress should be perfect and ready for the bride to take home. Some dresses are very tricky and complex to alter but you have to hang in there and keep doing what you do best.
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10-28-2013 post
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Posted by: Cheryl Designs in Blue Rock, OH.Posted: January 31st, 2014 09:01AM
I am a professional seamstress who is an expert in bridal and formalwear alterations. My customers MUST stop dieting BEFORE we start working on their gown. I schedule the first fitting 8-10 weeks before the wedding date. A bride really must be at a stable weight before the alteration process starts. A gain or loss of even 5 lbs. can make a HUGE difference in the fit of a strapless gown. Don't have your alterations started until your weight is stable. If a shop is trying to convince you to start WHILE you are dieting, find another seamstress, ASAP :) Yes, I DO ask if you are pregnant if you contact me with a short-time frame for alterations. I NEED to know that :) Sometimes, I work with my pregnant brides until the day before the ceremony. That's not 'optimal', but life can be full of surprises :)
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cost of down sizing a wedding dress from a size 10 to a size 6
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: tiffredsavy8312 in scranton, PA.Posted: October 18th, 2013 10:10PM
Store: Alterations Made: taking in
I am just wondering how much someone on average would charge to alter a dress from a size 10 to a size 6. I bought my dress at david's bridal for $275 and its a tiny bit loose around my chest (fits everywhere else perfect), but I also intend to loose about 15-25 lbs before the big day. I anticipate being a size 6 by then. I got a quote from david's bridal of $65 but that doesn't seem right. I told them I was planning on loosing weight but I think they were just focusing on how it wore on me at that moment. I just don't want to get ripped off. thanks
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reply to may 4 2010 post
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Becky the pro from a home shop in Frankton, IN.Posted: December 27th, 2012 11:12AM
Store: Alter Bound AltertationsAlterations Made: Bridal
I have been in the bridal alteration business for over 25 years. I currently have my shop out of my home. I have never worried about being a red flag to brides!! I HAVE insurance,license and all that is needed to be the pro that I am!! I love what I do and I always have the brides gown in mind!! I make sure their gown is safe at all times. I double check that all my irons and equiptment are off when I am done for the day. Really? You think a home is the only place that can catch on fire stores can too. I'm great at what I do and have brides travel long dist. for my service even from Chicago. If you are good at what u do it doesn't matter where u do it. Talent has no boundaries.
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More response to Are you kidding me
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: my clients are happy in Tallahassee, FL.Posted: October 13th, 2012 08:10PM
When a bride is measured in a bridal shop, she is usually just being sized for a ready-made gown, not getting a custom gown. How much should it cost to design a gown you are having locally made? How much per hour are you willing to pay to have beads hand-stitched on? Who do you trust to handle cutting and re-sewing this gown? A professional with years of experience or a college student working part-time in a chain store? And last I checked a man's suit didn't have to stay in place without straps or shoulders and a heavy layered skirt attached! Can you sense I resent your disrespect for my profession? Are YOU kidding ME?
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in response to Are you KiIDDING Me
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: no scam here in Pocatello, ID.Posted: June 24th, 2012 06:06PM
You have no idea what you are talking about. A mans suit usu does not have to accomodate breasts or hips. The Jacket is 'built' to cammoflage a multitude of sins. The pants are designed to be easily altered, at the waist and usu has no hem.
Most gowns are made in China and altho designer, fabric, lace and beads are part of the cost, the price is market driven. And yes there is one scoundrel in particular, that treats their alterations department as a money maker not a customer service.
You have no idea how these gowns are constructed today. The hours involved in cutting, marking, dry fit, draping the $1200 gown would be beyond the scope of most home sewers skill level.The dresses are designed to an 'ideal' that rarely fits anyone, AND most do require a nip or tuck to customize the fit. WHEN the bridal shop takes measurements, they are trying to determine what size to order via the size chart. We seamstresses have legit work to make a gown fit, we don't have to 'scam' to get more work
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Think about this.......
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Christy B in Monroe, NC.Posted: May 13th, 2012 04:05AM
Girls are willing to pay $25.00 to have a Pedi for their wedding. That usually takes less than an hour..... so that is $25 per hour for TOES. Most girls get someone to do their hair too for up to $70.00. Yet they will ask so someone to take a seam ripper and scissors to their wedding gown and want to complain about the price? Think about it! Would you do it for less than someone that works on toes? I won't!
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dress alterations
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Posted by: Denna, Dennas Dressmaking & Alterations in arnold, MO.Posted: May 11th, 2012 06:05PM
When picking out a dress, it is very important to understand how it can be altered and the ways it can be altered. First fit the bust. Look to see if there is extra material in the side seams that can be let out to fit the waist or hips. The bust is the hardest to fit on many dresses because of the way they are made. If there is embrodery, does it go over the side seams? This makes it harder to alter. Beadwork can interfer with alterations also. Trim or lace on bottom of dress can interfer with shortening it. Will the trim have to be removed or can it be shortened from the waist? I have been in business for over twenty years and consider myself an expert on prom and wedding dresses. I have made a list of things that should be considered when looking for a dress if anyone would like a copy. Just email me at [email protected], and I will send you a copy. Above all, don't let the shop talk you into a larger size. You are paying for the dress, you are the boss!
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Alteration Prices
Amount: $55.00
Posted by: JuneBug23 in New Albany, IN.Posted: May 2nd, 2012 07:05AM
Store: David\'s BridalAlterations Made: taking the sides in
This is my first (and only wedding after all the hoops we've had to jump through just to make it happen). I'm currently pregnant with my 4th child, so I got my dress 1 size bigger then I actually am now ( size 14 instead of 12). I'm just starting to show and our wedding is in 4 weeks.rnrn I purchased a flowing dress ($180 on sale) to help hide the bump with a pretty black jeweled ribbon that ties around just under the chest to bring focus upwards. Anywho, since the dress is too big on the top (even with my 40D top) we're having it taken in. They pull the sides in for a better fit. rnrnThis alteration cost $40 plus the $15 fee just for having an alteration done. I'm also adding a bustle' but will be doing that part myself with safety pins ti mark my fabric under the dress and attatching buttons and elastic loops to actually apply the bustle after the ceremony. Very easy, and only costs me 30-40 minutes of time and $20 worth of supplies. Cheaper then paying them $65 for the same bustle.
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Posted by: Jeri Lee Hollis in SOUTH HAVEN M, MI.Posted: April 19th, 2012 02:04PM
Store: JERI\'S SEWING ROOMAlterations Made:
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ordering wedding gowns
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Miss Kennedy in Green Bay, WI.Posted: March 9th, 2012 04:03PM
Girls!!!rnwhen you order a wedding gown online-please don't order 3 sizes too small because you think you will fit into it. You won't. It doesn't matter what the tag says-what matters is how beautifully it fits you, and not having to be taken apart and pieced so it will zip. That's expensive for you and a real hassell for your seamstress. I know.
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Todays Bridal Gowns
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in Green Bay, WI.Posted: March 9th, 2012 04:03PM
I've been altering wedding gowns for 40 years, the first 20years out of bridal shops. Fallacy #1 -Shops do not order the wrong size so you have to have alterations done, there is plenty to do to keep sewers busy. They are just not custom made-they are made to their (the manufacture) set of their measurements. Sales girls generally don't know how to measure-a good shop will have an alteration girls take your measurements -AND - decide what size to order.There are girls who will take measurements and order by the largest measurement, the style of the dress should be considered. If it's a full dress(most are) then the hip measurement would have no bearing on the size. How does the sample fit?? They will tell you that samples stretch, I've never found that to be true enough to change a size that fits you. If its a little snug-order one size larger, if its a little big, order one size smaller. Don't be talked into a measurement chart when the sample you try fits.
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costs more to alter than to make
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Posted by: purejojoy in Eugene, OR.Posted: February 22nd, 2012 09:02PM
I am a professional seamstress and yes, it can cost more to alter than to make. When you make something there is a specific progression of putting it together. Remaking or altering you first need to take it apart, and work around it in a backwards progression. For example, hemming a gown already made. Working with layers and layers of fabric is much harder then hemming one layer at a time and then putting them all together. Hemming a wedding gown is never a just a simple simple hemming unless it is made of a non-slippery tightly woven fabric and the bride is built like a stick so it lays completely even all around before the hemming. If you are a real woman with some curves it most likely will not fall evenly all around and getting all those layers even takes time.rnrnPlease, do not compare the cost of having your gown altered by an experienced professional with having it done by the minimum wage worker at the cleaners. The cleaners are not in the business of custom alterations.
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2nd Wedding-Expensive alterations!
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Colleen1037 in Gilbert, AZ.Posted: February 9th, 2012 08:02AM
Store: Alterations Made: Hem, two pin tucks
I am a bride for the second time. Being 50 years old and having a destination wedding I did not want to spend a lot on my dress. I found a beautiful satin bridesmaid gown (ordered it in ivory) and paid $180.00. When I went in for the fitting the seamstress pinned up the hem and I requested two pin tucks on the outside of the dress (not the lining) to let the gown lay properly. She told me it would be $200.00. I couldn't believe it would cost more to alter the gown than it would for the whole gown! How can that be? I would like to hire the seamstress that actually made the gown! I was in shock, so I am taking the dress to find another seamstress that will charge a reasonable price.
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To Mrs. T in Willow Springs
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Amanda Newton in Forest city, NC.Posted: December 15th, 2011 08:12PM
The whole clothing industry uses a set size chart from the 1930-40's and most still use it. Almost all wedding gowns are made in China. Who else could do all that beadwork for almost next to nothing. I have worked in bridal for 17 years and know it in every area, sales, ordering and am a professional seamstress. We measure the bride and use the size chart as a guide of what size to order. Our shop would show the bride the chart and we would recommend a size but I always told them it was their decision. If they picked one smaller I would tell them the difference in the size and amount of alterations they could expect. Or find a dress in the size they wanted by that company and let them see how it fits. No, everyone is not the same size. But there is standard guidelines and then hard working seamstresses like me have to fine tune them. Sometimes we have to work with brides that think they know everything and can be unreasonable even when I give them exactly what they asked for. Sorry for your experience, but all seamstresses and shops are not as you say. The customer is always in charge of ordering and telling the shops what they want, if the shops are bullying brides, that is wrong. But you don't go to buy a car or house and not get what you want. It should be the same any time you spend money. In my humble opinion.
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I have been doing bridal alterations for 17 years!
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Amanda Newton in Forest city, NC.Posted: December 15th, 2011 08:12PM
I started doing bridal alterations in a shop and learned right away how much work goes into the alterations. I am one of those people that when someone tells me it can't be done, I find a way to make it happen. I have my own business in the mall in my town. I am right beside a bridal shop and still do alterations for other shops. I have brides come in and are so thankful for everything you do and tell me that I don't charge enough! Then I have some look at me like I am out of my mind and they can't believe it. These gowns take time, it is just not a pair of jeans you can replace at Walmart. If you paid 100 or 10000 I treat everyone of them the same way, the way I want mine to be treated! Some seamstresses don't know what they are doing and have had to fix that before, and then the bride feels they don't have to pay for alterations again. First, they should have demanded the money back, and then come to me. I eat, sleep and breathe sewing and especially love wedding alterations!!! Some bridal shops order dresses large so they can charge a huge fee to alter them. BRIDES!!! You need to have someone measure you before you try on dresses and know your measurements. Ask to see the size chart from the company you are ordering from or look it up online! I know you can find any size chart, I have. Pick the size that works with your measurements. But wouldn't you rather it come close to what size you are, than pay an unreal amount of alterations. If your dress is a corset back, if they have to pull it all the way closed the dress is too big. If you are a size 2 and the dress don't come that small, they will need to take it up on the sides, so the laces show. In case you don't want the lace back to show, then get the dress a little big. I hope this has helped someone out. It really makes me mad when brides that don't get married everyday (even those that do!) get taken advantage of! Thanks-I feel better now!!!
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Wedding Dress Alterations
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Trixie in scottsdale, AZ.Posted: December 13th, 2011 11:12AM
Store: Priscilla\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s of BostonAlterations Made: the entire dress
HELP!! i do not know what to do now that Priscilla's of boston has closed. I purchased my Vera Wang wedding dress through them but it needs major alterations. i cannot get vera wang to respond or provide any assistance. Has anyone else heard of any one having the same problems in terms of needed someone to alter their dress? I'm begging and pleading...please.
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Posted by: Brandy in atlanta, GA.Posted: September 30th, 2011 09:09PM
First I wanna respond to previous poster, sasha from Md who owns a bridal store.. who states " its so annoying to have to deal with brides-on a- budget." REALLY!! so we should only get married if we arent on a budget as not to annoy the people that make money off our weddings. I hope no one in your area can figure out where your shop is bc I would imagine they would avoid it. Especially if the are on a budget. My budget is 15, 000 mainly bc we are middle class and spend most ofour money on rasing our children, bu I guess tha makes me annoying.rnrnSecondly, I understand the job is difficult, as with most jobs people have. but to the other poster insinuating to get a good semstress you have to pay alot, it is our job as consumers to shop around for the best overall deal, experience and price. Expensive is not always best.rnthe people offering affordable services and great customer service will always be around longer
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Wedding and Prom dress alterations
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: D Raymond, Missouri in Tipton, MO.Posted: September 11th, 2011 07:09PM
Store: Alterations Made: hem and bustle
I work out of my home doing alterations as a second job. I have people coming to me all the time needing alterations. Doing alterations out of my home when my children were little helped to pay the bills. I know I do not charge near enough after reading the posting. I just hemmed the front of a wedding dress with the slip, tulle, underskirt and silk dress and I bustled the train. I only charged $70.00 for all. I do not like it when brides are taken advantage of. I take prom dresses in all the time and usually charge $20-$30. Still hem pants for $5. including jeans. I think I do very good work as everyone is very happy with what I do and I have a lot of repeat customers and word of mouth customers. Not everyone that charges cheap does cheap work...I take pride in making clothing fit and look good on the customer.
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Wedding dress alterations
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Carole Sipe Seamstress in Reading, PA.Posted: September 6th, 2011 10:09AM
This is in response to the person that commented on what do you expect when you work with someone out of their home. Many self employed seamstress work out of their homes to keep overhead down, the work is just as good or better and most of us have business licenses
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easier to sew than alter
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: GrammaGramma in St. Paul, MN.Posted: September 6th, 2011 07:09AM
If you understand basic sewing, it is easier to understand the work involved in doing alterations. While constructing, you are working on sections not yet put together such as the bodice section, or a lining only. When doing alterations, you are first undoing a major part of that work, then changing parts of it, and reassembling it. A bodice with lining and boning is doing more than two times the work of the original sewing. Depending on a persons body type, a hem isn't just a simple two inches shorter, it may be longer in one area or several. Sewing take skill, but doing alterations is a master art. It takes bravery and talent to take a complex and expensive dress, seam rip it open, do "sewing sergery" , and then put it back together again without a visible scar, and now more beautiful than before because it custom fits the body of the wearer! I appaud all that do this work!
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wedding dress alterations
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: Delta Dreamer in Antioch, CA.Posted: August 23rd, 2011 06:08AM
Store: Alterations Made: all
I have designed and constructed wedding gowns since 1968. I also do alterations on gowns and work out of my home. I have had good and bad experiences with my brides who have a range of expectations and from realistic about their body shapes and budgets to not having a clue. My prices have never been challenged and in fact, one of my customers felt I was undercharging and decided to pay by the hour as opposed to a set price as she had some very special requests. I have also had customers bring me items which had been "altered" elsewhere for repair. I sew because I love the experience and enjoy the additional income, however, I cringe when I hear the charges from the local shops. Original construction is preferable to alterations just as custom designed homes are preferable to renovation of older homes. The latter always have hidden surprises.
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: gigi greene in apple valley, CA.Posted: July 21st, 2011 11:07AM
Store: Alterations Made: none
What is the maximum that a dress can be altered? Would a whole 2 to 3 size difference be really costly or difficult? Even if just a plain white panel down the sides or 1 down the back.
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Wedding Dress Alterations
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Sew Be It in White Lake, MI.Posted: July 17th, 2011 06:07AM
Store: Sew Be It Inc.Alterations Made: All
I see and hear of girl's all the time that have been charged huge amounts of money for alterations. I have been in business since 1982. PLEASE use referral's when shopping for a seamstress. I have gowns brought to me after someone else has altered them- to fix. These are my prices for basic alterations - (I did reduce due to the Michigan economy) please just use it as a guide. Hems: 60-80.00 Sides in/out: 25-45.00 Bustles:12- 14.00 each.
Obviously if there is hand bead work, or other intricate work there could be additional charges. ALSO - THE MEASURING SCAM DOES exist. When taking your measurements if the shop tells you that you need a larger size due to your hips...and it's a full skirt? you will have to alter everything. So use closest bust and waist measurement.
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Are you KIDDING me!???
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Posted by: Mrs. T in Willow Springs, IL.Posted: June 21st, 2011 11:06AM
Shame on ALL the bridal stores and their "teams"! If you are MEASURING the bride for a dress...and you ORDER the dress for should NOT even NEED alterations! You are charging prices as if for a CUSTOM-MADE Designer gown!...yet, you require alterations like you are buying something "off the rack"! Ridiculous! This country needs to have more PRIDE...and WORK ETHICS! You can MAKE A DESIGNER GOWN FROM SCRATCH for some of the prices being charged at the shops! And then you have the NERVE to charge EXTRA for ALTERATIONS!? Why is it a man can get a CUSTOM, TAILOR-MADE, perfectly fitted #1 grade wool suit for about $1500...yet a wedding dress, requiring no more skills or supplies costs $10,000! (plus alterations)? What the heck!? I think that brides need to consider having their dresses made locally...buying their own supplies/materials, etc., and then finding a local seamstress who charges by-the-hour, similar to the local work marketplace. The average gown would cost about $500 to $1,000, and the DANG THING WOULD FIT on the first try! Sorry...this is a SORE subject with me! Shame on the SCAM of this industry! You are taking advantage of young ladies at their most vulnerable moment...and treasured memory! No different that a scam-artist funeral director, playing on emotions!
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