(Closed) is this dress fabric?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The cost of $50.00 for fabric, depending on the type of fabric doesn’t seem that bad. If you have a Joann Fabric store in your area, you can use their coupons on one cut of fabric, so if you need 3yds each for 3 dresses, just have them cut 9yds. That is considered one cut. You can get coupons for 40 to 50 percent off.

Here is a link to a site that has a fabric glossary to give you an idea of the different fabrics and what they are typically used for.

http://www.housefabric.com/categoryview.asp?CategoryID=97

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Yes that is special occasion dress fabric. Is there any local fabric store you can shop at? They will be cheaper than anything you can buy online. Plus, places like Joann’s typically have sales you can take advantage of.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

Some vendors overcharge because they know people will pay those prices without blinking and that some people do not shop around for good deals and reasonable prices at all. That’s one of the main reasons why anything with the word “wedding” tacked on costs 10x what it would if it didn’t have the word added. As an example, clear lights you can buy ridiculously cheap at Christmas time but those same lights in the wedding section with “wedding” stamped on the box cost much more and there is no difference in them but people think they are completely different so they’re willing to pay the extra price. The same goes for fabric and why you should not settle for the first price you are quoted.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

There are different types and qualities of satin. You would have to contact the store or go to the store to see which sating they quoted. If you go to the store, you can touch the fabric and feel the different quality and see the different sheens.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

Your seamstress might have assumed you wanted silk satin; you linked to a polyester satin, which is less pricey. If you let her know you’re okay with synthetic fabric, she should be able to quote you a lower price.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

i bought special occassion bridal fabric for our bridesmaid dresses (crepe satin i think–that sounds familiar, and I know it was a satin b/c mom needed a special needle for it) for $10/yard. It only needed 2.5 yards though. I guess if it was a long dress, it could be around $40 or so.

See if you can purchase a bolt of the fabric yourself, then just comission her to make the dresses. That may be cheaper, then you can get the fabric you want.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

There are a ton of different types of satin out there, and there really is no one “right” satin for a dress. It depends on the dress style and what you’re making it for!

The one you posted, crepe back satin, is a very silky and light fabric. Because of the crepe backing, it really can’t hold a pleat or corner very well; so it’s good for flowy/swishy type of dress styles but nothing that you actually need more structure for. I also agree that you should go to a fabric store locally and feel the fabric for yourself to decide. Polyester satin (without crepe) is usually a good standard bet; bridal satin is also really really nice and thick, but generally is higher quality than you’d really need for bridesmaid dresses.

And yes, $50 in fabric for each dress is very high! To give you an idea, we made our bridesmaid dresses (about knee/calf length and sleeveless) and used less than 3 yards for each, but we didn’t line the dresses either.

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