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Alterations Shock- Is $400+ Normal?

Hey Ladies,

So I know lots of girls have the 'alterations cost how much?!' shock, but I honestly didn't think it would be this bad.

Originally when I bought my dress, I was quoted $256 for a hem, french bustle, and taking in the straps a bit. The salon gave me a $100 gift certificate when I bought my dress so I decided to have the alterations done at the salon rather than contacting Mary Catomy/Sue, or the other recs for independent seamstresses.

At my first fitting this weekend, I was told alterations would be a whopping $464!! I understand with a lace dress things cost a little more, but is this what a lot of you have seen for similar alterations?

Thanks for the input! :)

Re: Alterations Shock- Is $400+ Normal?

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    edited December 2011
    That seems a bit much...mine was $250 with Mary Catomy.  I bought a sample sale lace dress at a size 10 (street size 2) so there was a lot to be taken in and she added a french bustle and made the neckline sweetheart.
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    edited December 2011
    I paid $300 with Cori at The Stitch Fairy
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    edited December 2011
    That seems like a lot to me!  Mary Catomy quoted me $160 for taking in the straps, bustle, bra cups, and sewing my slip into my dress.
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    edited December 2011
    I think I paid like $150 for my bustle and taking in my dress a size.

    Mary Catomy did my alterations as well.

    Danielle
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    edited December 2011
    Ohh yeah, she also had bra cups and added the slip for me too.
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    edited December 2011
    My alterations were $260, for taking in an inch, bustle, and hem...
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