(Closed) Custom dress question – does this sound nutty?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mousepeach:  I’m having my dress custom made.  I’m actually moving to the city its being made in, but before I knew that I was the designer suggested I have any minor alterations done in my hometown.

I wouldn’t have anything major done by anyone else, but I’d be okay with having a little bit of fabric taken in.

I’d ask for lots of pics when its completed so it looks pretty perfect before you book your flight out there to minimize alterations.

Post # 4
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

If you can, I would definitely recommend getting your measurements done by her for a first fitting.  After that, if you don’t expect your weight to fluctuate drastically you can just let her complete the dress and have any alterations done locally.

Post # 5
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@mousepeach:  I’ve had custom dresses made wear I only worked with the designer from start-to-finish. This, I believe is the ideal situation, since s/he knows how the original vision is supposed to play out, and can more easily correct deviations from the at vision. 

On the other hand, I have had some other dresses custom made internationally where I could not work with the original designer all the way through (only for the initial fitting/dress creation). I had to take it to a local seamstress for the remaning fittings, and it still turned out swimmingly because the foundation has already been set, and the seamstress only had to make small adjustments.

I would not worry about something going awry, love. Think of the second situation as the standard dress alterations circumstance: 

  1. bride buys off-the-rack gown made by designer X
  2. bride takes gown to seamstress Y for alterations
  3. seamstress Y alters gown fabulously
  4. bride tra la las from the altar to the dance floor looking amazing

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