(Closed) Has anyone/is anyone going the totally custom dress route? I wanna hear bout it!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I had a dress made to take elements from 2 dresses. I have to say it came out wrong. The top was about 15 times bigger than it should have been. The dress is BEAUTIFUL but just not what I was looking for. I prob could have had the dress itself fixed but the beading was done in the wrong color and I couldnt find anyone to tackle that job.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

Have you read Mrs Oyster’s posts about custom designing her own dress? She drew up her own sketches and found a seamstress to make the dress. Twice, I believe.

ETA: Considering you want a period piece, have you look into customers? Like, think theatre company seamstresses/costume shops (yes, a lot of them can do custom work, or will know someone who can). They’ll have experience with the kind of detailing you want.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I put a request on etsy. Yes I did find a new dress!

I would say to avoid the problems I had is to find someone who doesnt have a lot of family issues going on (she had A LOT) and if you found someone locally they would be able to fit you while its being made. and also to ask to see all the materials before they get put on. I requested gold beading and gold silver, im sure if she didnt have so many things going on she might have remembered. Also my first sketch she forgot I didnt want a train after telling her about 5000 times. I guess that should have been a sign for me.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I did! There’s a dressmaker who has a business in a rural city close to me – they specialise in making custom gowns for people. I REALLY wanted a 50’s style tea length prom dress type dress and in our area I couldn’t find ANYTHING in the bridal shops (we’re a bit behind the times in the bridal scene in my area) so if I wanted my pretty I was gonna have to have her made. I collected HEAPS of pictures and played around with a few different ideas til I finalised what I wanted.

Once I’d decided I went into the shop, showed her what kind of skirt, neckline, bust, detail, waist etc I wanted and she sketched it up right there and then! I loved the sketch and just tweaked a few things – made the waist shorter and the sweetheart neckline a bit deeper and now, approx. 9 months later my pretty is nearly finished, and is actually better than I imagined! I have loved having my dress made, its made for me, my body and I can tweak things along with way. The best thing about having your dress made is you can have what you want from the get go and you’re not trying to change an existing dress to make it how you want it. Its a great option if you’re not going to find something in the stores.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@veganglam: Costume desginers have their own union, so maybe you can find that website and contact them?  I don’t know if seamstresses are included, but they probably will be able to help you…

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Seeing as how your last dress you wanted was 10K+ and i get the impression cost isn’t an issue, what about one of the costume designers that does work for Broadway plays? Aren’t you moving to NYC? Surely somebody in that loop would be able to steer you towards someone REALLY good!!!

Post # 12
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2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

A friend of mine is making me this dress from a vintage 50s pattern: It’ll cost WAY less than if I went out and bought something similar. 🙂 We’re tweaking the back so it comes up higher and kind of swoops down in the front.

Post # 14
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804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I do have pics! Nothing from the start of the process – these pictures were from a few months ago – she now has a MUCH fuller skirt cos the petticoat has gone in and the flowers on the top have been sewn on – so the pins you may be able to see are gone! LOL – bear in mind she needs a good press! Also please forgive lame smiley face – internet paranoia runs a bit deep for me! LOL

At the start of the process it wasn’t really worth taking photos cos she’d just fit a mock up of the bodice for example, and it wasn’t very exciting, but then it starts to look how you imagined it and THEN it’s SUPER exciting!

I have to say that this process wasn’t particularly cheap, I could have gotten something online (Dolly Couture or whatever) but I didn’t feel comfortable buying online without seeing it in person/ trying it on, and being in Australia lots of companies don’t ship here!

However, I think some of the cost is due to the fact that the store specialises in making wedding gowns for people, and they’re quite well established and well known in the area. My sister is having her bridesmaids dress made by another local dressmaker who works for a big Melbourne bridal designer and it probably would have been cheaper to get her to do it – but at the time I wasn’t aware of her.

Also, another tip (to avoid disappointment), is to either go and try on something with a similar shape/sihouette to your dress, or go with something that ties in with your everyday style. I frequently go for the full skirt, cinched waist look in my everyday wear so I knew that look was going to suit me and look good on me.

I’ll have to try and get ahold of the sketch once its done and I can post it for you!

PS sorry about the length of this post and the size of the pics!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

 I was just wondering what happened to the Pnina?

One of our groomsmen is a costume designer and that’s his favorite period… he’s in OBX, NC but I know he doesn’t have time for a wedding gown right now. He made his wife’s… Can you maybe check for smaller production companies? i.e. is there any Shakespeare theater groups with long running productions or something. Perhaps not a “community” theater but a long running program?

Post # 16
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@veganglam: All/most of the broadway costumers are in the union as far as I understand.  I worked with someone who had a friend that was doing costume design, and I remembered that it was easier to get a job once she joined… 

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