|Posted on June 2, 2017 at 12:50 AM|
So you just found your dream dress and you're wondering how much do I pay for alterations? Or maybe you didn't think about alterations at all. When I perform a Google search, the best information I found was dated in 2009 on Wedding Bee. They stated it cost about $250 back then. Well, ladies, times have changed and dresses are have more layers than before.
There was a time when garments were produced by seamstresses and tailors whether than manufacturing companies based in China. In China, they work under a very stringent, scientific production process that requires the "worker" to sew under 3 minutes. (YouTube: How is China Dealing with Rising Cost of Labor). However, I have seen them go faster because the worker only sews one side of a zip, for instance. Then someone else on the assembly line will sew the other side. This requires little to no training for the worker-bee and it makes the process very, very fast.
When we alter a dress we customize or trailor the garment to YOUR specifications. The price of an alteration really depends on how the dress was designed, how it was manufactured and how it will fit and feel on YOU. Therefore, the pricing that you see on the internet tends to be all over the map!!! If I had to estimate based on today's market, it is closer to double that amount.
Linda Miller, Expert Alterations Specialist
Custom Alterations, Jacksonville, Florida