I got a second opinion on my alterations quote.
The second seamstress quoted me $50 - she works out of her house, which was a crazy mess - I could barely get in the door through all the bolts of fabric, but has multiple good reviews from people on the knot. So we'll see - she has my dress and is mocking up a more appropriately sized top. Then we'll meet again and if all goes well....she'll cut my dress!
I hope it works out!! I'm a little nervous -