Post # 1
Hi there! My upper arms are a problem area and would like them covered about to the elbow. It seems that to make sure the fabrics/dyes match, I will need to order extra fabric then have the bolero/shrug made.
Has anyone done this? What should I express for the process/price/etc?
Post # 3
This is quite common. When I purchased the fabric for my girls dresses, I purchased enough to also make them a matching bolero/shrug. I did this because I wanted the fabric from the same dye lot as the dresses. I didn’t want to risk a variation in the shade of color, if I decided to make them later.
Before you order your extra fabric with your gown, take your measurements and then go to the fabric store and look up a pattern similar to what you want the seamstress to make. Check the back of the pattern for the size you fall under and it will tell you how much fabric you would need to make it. Then you will know how much fabric the seamstress/bridal shop should order for you. Just to be on the safe side, I would order a half to one full yard extra just in case you want to use the fabric for something else, like to wrap your bouquet in, a ring pillow, ribbon for the flower basket, etc.
I forgot to add, the cost of the fabric will depend on what type of fabric you choose to have your bolero/shrug made from.
Post # 4
That’s great input, thank you! I never would’ve thought of looking at patterns — I figured I’d have to just find some photos.
What sort of price range do you think is realistic? For the labor, I mean. As you pointed out, material costs will vary.
Post # 5
It took me about two hours to make the ones I made for my girls and they were simple. It would have taken less time, but I added handsewn trim and I sewed seam binding on the inside shoulder seams and inside wrist seams. I did not add a lining. I would charge $25.00 to $30.00 for the labor mostly because of the handsewing. It is tedious and has to be done right. The pattern also didn’t call for seam binding, but I tried on one of the boleros I made and it was itchy, so I added the seam binding to make it more comfortable. If she is going to make you a lined bolero/shrug, I would charge $50.00 to $60.00 because it will take about 2 1/2 times longer to make it. She will have to make the outer shell and the inner shell and attach and turn them. Materials, as you know, will be extra.
If there isn’t a lot of handsewing for yours, the labor will probably be less.