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Alterations

I just had my final dress fitting (yay!) and I got the bill for the alterations...

I get that some of this is my fault, but I can't help but feel like I am WAY overpaying.
Basically, I changed the neckline of my dress (from a straight across to a true sweetheart), got a hem, took it in a BIT in the chest area, added cups, and a bustle. Granted, my dress is mostly silk organza, draped, and has a ton of material... but alterations will cost me $760. Really?!

Did anyone else pay this much for their alterations??
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Re: Alterations

  • NYCMercedesNYCMercedes BOS, NYC, DC. Forever a city girl member
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    I got a quote of $450 for hem and bustle so your sounds about right for the extensive work you're having done.
  • KatWAGKatWAG Chicago member
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    I paid about $500 for alterations. The waist and chest needed to be brought in. Plus hemming and adding a bustle. My dress was tulle.
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  • I paid over $500 just for a hem, bustle and a bra.  So based on that I think yours sounds about right.  Alterations are ridiculously expensive!  
  • I'm paying $400 for hemming and a bustle. Yours sounds right to me.

  • It doesn't sound that bad. I have a satin dress with a lace overlay. All they're doing it shortening the straps on the satin and adding a bustle - the dress actually fits perfectly so I don't need it hemmed or taken in. For just those two things (they're barely touching the lace) it's $280.
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  • AJuliaNJAJuliaNJ member
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    $350 for alterations, bra cups sewn in, hemming, and a bustle. My dress is lace.
  • Honestly, it's just something you pay. After spending thousands of dollars on a dress, is this really the place to cut costs and risk ruining your investment?
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  • The dress itself fit me with no alterations. (I'm 5'10" and slim, but have a small chest)

    It is $350 however to sew in cups and do a 3 point bustle.

    The salon normally charges $450 for all standard alterations, but they took off $100 since the dress/bodice itself didn't need anything.

    I'd say for neckline restructuring plus the others it is expensive, but not unheard of.
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  • My dress has about a million (okay like 10) layers of crinolin...hemming those, fixing the back (too big), hemming, bustle, and slightly taking in at bust is $600. I was expecting it though.
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