Post # 1
I was just wondering if any of you could recommend any good but inexpensive dress designers? On etsy or something like that, maybe? When I say inexpensive I mean like $500 or less (preferably less, as my budget isn’t big at all).
I’m not asking for anything super detailed. The reason I want to go custom is due to the fact that while looking at an antiques shop, I fell in love with a few specific details on some dresses there (but they were way out of my size range, as I’m plus size and most antique dresses…aren’t, haha). They’re from the 1930s, and so the silhouettes are pretty simple, but with a few memorable touches. I don’t really need beading or lace, the details are more in the stitching.
Do you think it’d make a difference in price if I don’t mention that it’s for my wedding? Going completely non-traditional here, think tea or ankle length in silvery-green, or turquoise (which are the two I’m considering right now).
Oh and also, here’s a similar silhouette to what I’d like (still with a dropped-waist, but not THAT much of a dropped-waist, and probably slightly less fitted/more A-line).
Any help would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
I got my dress done by bridalblissdesigns on etsy for $860 but if you want to keep cost low you are probably better off going with a China replica shop like Dressilyme or Jasmine’s Bridal or something.
Post # 5
In order to keep your custom dress under $500, you would need to pick something much simpler with less complicated bias seeming. That is a couture dress by French designer Jean Patou from the 1920s and would be extremely difficult to replicate. I say this as an experienced sewist. Try to find a sewing pattern that is close to what you would like in a dress. I’m afraid I don’t have any experience with local dressmakers, but I would recommend you try to find someone local, as you will want to be fitted in person. http://www.yellowpages.com/tacoma-wa/dressmakers
You might look for a pattern here:
Here is a pattern from the 1920s that is close, but the biggest it comes in is a size 40 bust:
You can ask the owner if she can size up a pattern for you if one isn’t currently made in your size.
Post # 6
Thank you, I’m glad to hear from someone who sews! I really appreciate your input and the links.