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Hemming with Lace

I'm trying to be sure I budget appropriately for my dress alterations, while also making sure I don't get ripped off.  I was wondering if any of you ladies could give me a ballpark idea of what pricing to expect.

My dress has lace all along the hem (photo below).  I've been told that, in order to hem my dress, the lace needs to be removed and then sewn back on.  I have a feeling this will be fairly pricey.



When I asked the bridal shop about the alterations, they weren't able to give me a ballpark price.  All they could tell me was that they charge $30 per hour for alterations of this nature.  That tells me nothing - it could take 2 hours or it could take 24 hours for all I know.

If anyone has any experience with this kind of hem, I would love to hear your input!
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Re: Hemming with Lace

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_attire-accessories_hemming-lace?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:15Discussion:9ae953b4-737a-457d-8495-a080d86942f3Post:4fac952a-f632-4e53-9c67-edd4fdeab320">Re: Hemming with Lace</a>:
    [QUOTE]<strong>My hem was scalloped and I paid $100 extra to have a hollow to hem measurement taken before my gown order was placed. </strong> I had to have the shoes I was going to wear on my wedding day to do that, but the length was perfect when it arrived. Alterations can be expensive when lace is involved and it has be be removed or altered. This was my hem/train line.  (I hadn't put my shoes on yet so it's still dragging a bit).
    Posted by ILoveMilkDuds[/QUOTE]

    <div>I wish I would've been able to do this.  I asked about it when I placed the order, but it wasn't an option (not sure if that was the case of the bridal shop or the designer - Mori Lee).  I knew the hem would be pricey when I ordered my dress; I just wish I had some sort of figure as to what to expect.</div><div>
    </div><div>Love your dress, by the way!</div>
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    lls31lls31 member
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    edited January 2012
    Here's a front shot - the lace and beading along the left side continue on to the back and part of the way down the train.  So taking it up from the waist won't work.


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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_attire-accessories_hemming-lace?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:15Discussion:9ae953b4-737a-457d-8495-a080d86942f3Post:b36b2d35-50d6-4a92-b1e4-099236200455">Re: Hemming with Lace</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Hemming with Lace : Have you asked a private seamstress what they would charge?
    Posted by edielaura[/QUOTE]

    <div>Not yet.  I'm actually in the process of getting some recommendations for a seamstress in my area.  FSIL thinks she knows someone who can do it at a reasonable price.  My problem is that I don't know what a reasonable price would be for something like this.</div>
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    My dress has a similar feature and when we were buying it, the owner of the store explained that they knew a good seamstress who could do it (the store doesn't have one in house, the store is TINY). My mom remarked that it must be expensive, and the store owner said it was surprisingly easy and cheap, at least with my dress. We can't take it up at the waist either. We haven't talked to the actual seamstress yet, so grain of salt, but I trust the store owner, and she said that other girls had had it done for $200-300 max for all of the alterations. 
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_attire-accessories_hemming-lace?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:15Discussion:9ae953b4-737a-457d-8495-a080d86942f3Post:b80dcf69-e4dc-4652-ab32-906cce5bcdb8">Re: Hemming with Lace</a>:
    [QUOTE]My dress has a similar feature and when we were buying it, the owner of the store explained that they knew a good seamstress who could do it (the store doesn't have one in house, the store is TINY). My mom remarked that it must be expensive, and the store owner said it was surprisingly easy and cheap, at least with my dress. We can't take it up at the waist either. We haven't talked to the actual seamstress yet, so grain of salt, but I trust the store owner, and she said that other girls had had it done for $200-300 max for all of the alterations. 
    Posted by saacjw[/QUOTE]

    <div>I actually have $300 as the cost of alterations in our budget spreadsheet.  Funny, because I completely made that number up.  Hopefully I can find a good private seamstress who will charge closer to $200.</div>
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    meganb1977meganb1977 member
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    edited January 2012
    I didn't get a price since the dress I ultimately selected did not have any embellishment at the hem, but this was something I asked about when trying on dresses because I'm 5'0" and they told me the same thing that it was an applique that would have to removed and replaced.  When you look for seamstress recommendations maybe you can explain exactly what you need and you can get a name from someone who was in the same situation.  You'll probably need to call a couple of local seamstresses to get a better idea of the price.
    Whoever said it was supposed to be happily ever after is a big fat liar.
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    FSIL talked to the seamstress she knows and got a quote based on the photos.  She said it would be around $100-$150 for the hem, plus an extra $50-$100 for the bustle.  I am perfectly happy with the hem pricing.  Is $50-$100 normal for a bustle?  
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