- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
I have a lot going on with my bridesmaids (one wants sleeves, all very different sizes, one will be 8 months pregnant, one will hopefully be pregnant, live scattered up to 6 hours apart). No dress I’ve found off the rack has really met all the needs, and I came across a local seamstress on a site called Thumbtack. I really don’t even know how I ended up there.
I met with her today and she literally lives 5 minutes down a rural road from me. She is AWESOME. We picked out this pattern that will accommodate everyone’s needs, and we can add a sleeve and alter the top slightly. She said we didn’t have to work off a pattern at all, it’s just a starting point. She will walk them through measurements over the phone and if they can come to have it fitted, great – if not, we can mail it and they can have it altered locally. The middle part is a tie so it can be tied high or lower depending on pregnancy status.
But get this – $40 per dress plus the cost of fabric/zipper (which she estimated to be under $60). Custom to their sizes, altered to fit our desires. CRAZY! Oh, and she can do it all in a week or two, so we can wait on getting started on the pregnant ones until February. Custom made, time-sensitive, bridesmaids dresses for $100 each. I can’t believe it!
She made her daughter’s wedding dress and had it there for me to look at and it was just amazing. She is really talented.
I’m also having her do my alterations – $50 to take it in (including removing all beadwork and re-placing it), $20 for a bustle of my choosing, and then she’ll narrow my straps at no extra cost.
I hope my bridesmaids agree to this plan!! You may want to look for a seamstress if you’re having challenges with the off-the-rack stuff. This gal does it on the side because she enjoys it, so I’m sure that helps with the cost, but still not nearly as expensive as I’d think it would be. Even the custom made-in-China dresses I’ve been looking at have been $140+.