Alterations Guide

As you know, no one has a monopoly on great seamstresses. They may be found through bridal stores, fabric stores, referrals from friends, your cleaners and so on.

Because few of us are really familiar with what goes into altering clothes and because some folks charge such exorbitant prices, we thought you'd like a list of fair prices for bridal alterations.

These are considered "Standard Charges" based on national averages. They are not set in stone. They may be higher in some parts of the country and lower in others. We suggest you print this list out and take it with you to your fittings.

Bridal Gowns
Note: Extra lace and fabric would be an additional charge.

Bridal Gown alterations
Hem
$90.00
Hem - with Lace
$90.00
Hem - Full Skirted with Detachable Train
$120.00
Hem - From Waist
$90.00
Remove Train (add extra $90.00 for re-hem)
$70.00
Sleeves - Shorten from Cuff without Lace or Buttons
$27.00
Sleeves - Shorten from Cuff with Lace or Buttons
$37.00
Sleeves - Shorten from Shoulder without Lace or Beading
$27.00
Sleeves - Shorten from Shoulder with Lace or Beading
$48.00
Sleeves - Take In without Lace or Beading
$27.00
Sleeves - Take In with Lace or Beading
$43.00
Sleeves - Add Netting
$32.00
Shoulder - Raise without Lace or Beading
$27.00
Shoulder - Raise with Lace or Beading
$43.00
Zipper - without Lace or Beading
$27.00
Zipper - with Lace or Beading
$37.00
Gauze - Add
$16.00
Arm Holes - Cut Down without Lace or Beading
$27.00
Arm Holes - Cut Down with Lace or Beading
$43.00
Add Buttons to Waist
$43.00 + Fabric
Add Buttons over Zipper
$43.00
Add Buttons and Loops over Zipper
$70.00
Add Buttons Down Back to Hemline
$80.00 + Fabric
Modesty Panel
$27.00 + Fabric
Add New Back without Lace or Beading
$75.00 + Fabric
Add New Back with Lace or Beading
$95.00 + Fabric
Side Seams without Lace or Beading
$37.00
Side Seams with Lace or Beading
$48.00
Bows
$53.00 + Fabric
Bustle
$48.00
French Bustle
$65.00
Gusset
$53.00
Darts - Take In without Lace or Beading
$22.00 per pair
Darts - Take In with Lace or Beading
$32.00 per pair
Lingerie Straps
$16.00 per pair
Shorten Shoulder Straps
$16.00
Add Shoulder Straps
$16.00 + Fabric
Pressing - 1st
$55.00
Pressing - 2nd
$45.00



Bridesmaid
and Flowergirl Dress
Note: Extra lace and fabric would be an additional charge.

Bridesmaid and Flowergirl Dress alterations
Hem by Hand - Add this to other hem prices when applicable
$15.00
Hem from Waist
$43.00
Hem - One or Two Layers
$32.00
Hem - Chiffon
$43.00
Hem - Tulip or Mermaid skirt
$32.00
Zipper - Take In
$27.00
Raise Shoulders
$27.00
Arm Hole - Cut Down
$22.00
Sleeves - Hem
$16.00
Sleeves - Take In
$22.00
Side Seams - Take In
$22.00
Darts - Take In
$11.00 per pair
New Back from Waist
$48.00 + Fabric
New Back Panel from Floor
$60.00 + Fabric
Add Gusset
$40.00 + Fabric
Tighten Elastic
$11.00
Make Bow
$32.00 + Fabric
Darts - Add
$16.00 per pair
Add Shoulder Straps
$16.00 + Fabric
Shorten Shoulder Straps
$16.00
Pressing
$20.00

All Other
Note: Extra lace and fabric would be an additional charge.

The following price guide would be used when a Bridesmaid Dress is used by other than a bridesmaid. It also covers sequined bridesmaid dresses used by bridesmaids.

Other alterations
Hem by Hand - Add this to other hem prices when applicable
$15.00
Hem - One Layer Plain Fabric
$32.00
Hem - One Layer of Chiffon
$43.00
Hem - Two Layers of Plain Fabric
$32.00
Hem - Two Layers of Chiffon
$50.00
Hem - One Layer of Sequined Fabric
$53.00
Hem - Two Layers of Sequined Fabric
$60.00
Hem - Tiered skirt
$48.00
Hem - Pleated skirt (there may be a charge per pleat as well)
$37.00
Hem - Pleated Chiffon skirt (there may be a charge per pleat as well)
$43.00
Hem - Fully Lined Pleated skirt (there may be a charge per pleat as well)
$48.00
Zipper - Take In Plain Fabric
$27.00
Zipper - Take In Sequined Fabric
$53.00
Side Seams - Take In Plain Fabric
$22.00
Side Seams - Take in Sequined Fabric
$48.00
Darts - Take In
$11.00 Each
Darts - Take In with Fully Lined Bodice
$22.00 Each
Darts - Make
$16.00 Each
Darts - Make in Fully Lined Bodice
$22.00 Each
Shoulders - Raise on Plain Fabric
$22.00
Shoulders - Raise on Fully Lined Bodice
$27.00
Shoulders - Raise on Sequined Fabric
$32.00
Add Shoulder Straps
$16.00 + Fabric
Shorten Shoulder Straps
$16.00
Shorten Sleeves - Cuff Plain
$16.00
Shorten Sleeves - Miss Elliette
$22.00
Shorten Sleeves - Cuff Sequined Fabric
$32.00



Pressing Charges

Pressings
Bridal Gown - First Pressing
$55.00
Bridal Gown - Second Pressing
$45.00
Bridesmaid or Flowergirl Dress
$20.00
Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses
$20.00
Slips or Crinolines
$15.00
Veil
$25.00



Veil Alterations

Veil alterations
Add Blusher or Pouf
$30.00
Add Detachable Blusher
$30.00
Add Elbow, Fingertip or Walking Length
$75.00
Add Chapel Length (up to 108")
$125.00
Add Cathedral Length (over 108")
$145.00
Add Velcro (to detach all styles)
$25.00
Veils - Rolled Edge
$45.00
Shorten Veil
$35.00

Typical Gown Bag Prices

Gown Bags
White Zipper
$15.00
Clear Zipper
$15.00
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