(Closed) Anyone else headed to the dressmaker?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I am, but the dressmaker is me!  Not only because I’m more of a DIYer, but because the prices are over-inflated, I know where to find high-quality fabric at a relatively decent price, and I can make the dress fit my frustrating shape (hippy & smallish in the waist – comparitively) with some help from my mom.   Also, how great will it be, if the dress turn out great, to say that I made it?!  In your case, how great will it be to stimulate the small economy and give that dressmaker a boost, and possibly more word-of-mouth business?

Cost depends on the skill, fabric chosen, extras, such as beading, and the area.  I’m obviously not paying myself time, but I think I can do a wonderful art-deco dress for myself under $500, which won’t include muslin samples. 

Go for it, and good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

The mark-up on wedding gowns is ridiculous but the lines force them to buy so many samples and they end up marking down in the end.  In my opinion the entire industry needs an overhaul.  Discount sellers online did not turn out to be any discount at all UNLESS you pick something from a current collection and buy it when it is discontinued.  I would try to get an estimate from your dressmaker before you start.  Also if you need boning is she skilled in fitting/constructing this? Will you need beading?  You can price fabrics yourself, she will likely be able to get 10-20% discount or at least no tax.  You might want to consider someone who makes pageant dresses (for teens and Miss) since you are already in pageant country.  If you know what fabrics you want I can give you an estimate just bear in mind that natural silks vs poly blends tend to wrinkle more easily.  

Since I am getting married in your neck of the woods what are you doing about photography?  I’m not lying when I tell you prices in NC are triple what I would pay in Beverly Hills–didnt expect that!   

 

Post # 6
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Worker bee

I’m having my dress made!  I just tried it on yesterday.  I didn’t want to pay the retail price for a Paloma Blanca, and didn’t want to deal with the heft of an Alfred Angelo, so I had the two combined into my dress.

The dressmaker is a friend of my family though, so she’s cutting me a monster deal (practically cost) for lace, and beading added on at no charge.  The custom fit is so much better too – no worrying about ordering a size whatever and hoping it still fits when it finally comes in.  I had an initial "fitting" where she took my measurements, a second where the dress was nearly completed and she looked to see where she had to take it in, and then next time I go, I’ll be picking it up!

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I found a site online that custom makes a replica of a Watters & Watters dress I tried on this week, only $300.  It’s snythetic instead of silk, but custom-fit to my measurements and $1300 cheaper.  Has anyone ordered one of these dresses?  I’m curious if they turn out as well as the originals…

Post # 8
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Helper bee
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  • 10 years ago

I am…I’m having a garden wedding and everything I’ve seen that isn’t pricey is made of heavy, hot fabrics! I have made myself have a budget of around $500 (Well, I’m really hoping it’ll be that)…all the dresses that were about that price that I liked were shot down by my mom and Fiance

 they said they weren’t bridey enough…but i really don’t care about the dress and there’s NO WAY I’m spending more than $1000 for a dress…no matter what occassion and even if it’s only once.

 If they want me in a princess gown they’ll have to pay for it…AND pay me to wear it!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I decided to get my dress made after finding VERY limited options for a v-neck dress and a mermaid/fit and flare style.  My inspiration dress was $3200 and polyester and not so impressive detailing for the cost, but a pretty dress none the less. My other inspiration was $4000+.  Both unrealstic for me. 

So I found a seamstress who is making my dress for $600 plus fabric.  All of the fabrics were about $700 for beautiful silk satin and lining and embroidered beaded lace detail so I made out much better

Post # 10
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2009

where do you find a seamstress?  I googled "tailors bridal" but came up with nothing…anyone know a seamstress in dallas area?

Post # 12
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Wannabee

My mom is going to make my dress. She’s an awesome seamstress. I’m not looking for something super glamourous though. I’m going the "made with love" =)

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

yup, I did, for exactly your reasons.  I just could not see why the dresses I tried on cost what they did, and I was having a hard time finding what I had in mind anyway.  I sourced good material myself, and had a simple cut and it saved me a bundle.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2008

After months of searching all over the country, I found an Angel Sanchez evening gown in L.A. and fell in love, but it was RED!  I’m a modern girl, but I still want to wear white (ok, ivory).

So I snapped a couple of pics, brought them to a dressmaker, and sketched out a couple of small changes.  The Angel Sanchez gown was $3500 and my seamstress is charging me $1800.   I go next week for my first fitting and I’m both a bit anxious and excited!  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

holy shit it’s still over $1000 to have a dress tailored…doh.  i might have to go to china 🙁

Post # 16
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Newbee

My mom is making my dress. It was hard to let go of the idea of a Monique (did anyone see that Jewel wore one in her recent wedding??) but I think I will be happier with a dress that is tailored directly to my taste. PLUS, no dress designer knows what my boy likes better than I do, so I think we’ll both be glad I made this decision. My mom has made several dresses before, so I know she’ll be able to pull this off. 🙂

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