(Closed) Are you having your dress made?!?!?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m having my dress made, I designed it myself so I was really hard pressed to find someone who could figure out the vision I saw in my head and know how to re-create it. I talked to a dozen designers and steamstresses who just didn’t get what I needed. Then I ran into the seamstress who made my prom dress like ten years ago and she understood what I wanted in thirty seconds. She’s a perfectionist and very talented. She’s going to make my wedding lengha as well as my mehandi lengha.

Get your seamstress to draw it all out for you so you can both make sure you have the same vision. Then she should create it for you in muslin first, its a very inexpensive fabric so that you can play with fit and style and make sure your final product is PERFECT. Good luck!

Post # 4
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700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am in the same boat.  I fell in love with the Lucinda dress from jcrew which is well out of my budget, so I am having it made.  I have the first fitting with the muslin mock up on Thursday!  I am excited, and I’ll post pictures when I get back from that!

Post # 5
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281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am getting mine made by a designer that is absolutely fabulous.  Where are you located?  My first fitting is this weekend (the muslin fit) and I am very excited!  I don’t have much to tell you but the thought of having so much input into my wedding gown makes me very happy! 

Post # 7
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2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yes, I had a custom made dress that was supposed to be replica or a Martin McCrea gown. Unfortunately I am EXTREMELY unhappy with the dress I got from Gioavonni’s Bridals and I had two bees e-mail me privately with similar horror stories. DO NOT go by just the testimonials on the web site! I was so fooled that I was convinced my dress would be awesome and the thing just makes me sad, especially since I can’t aford another dress although a good friend is doing her best to make the dress wearable.

Working with a local seamstress where you can see the dress as it becomes reality would definitely be the way to go.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I designed my own dress and had it made. I LOVED how it turned out and everybody gave such high compliments. 

Local would be much preferred because you can work together with the seamstress much easier.  You have to be very detail in telling them what you want, written and sketch if possible. (Or having them sketched it for you). 

Mine almost turned out badly because the dress maker handsewn tiny bids all over the place that it looked almost costumey! I had told her from the beginning I wanted things simpler. I almost cried when I saw how loud it was. Fortunately she (although she has her own vision) is really good, she re-did the beadings and my dress was a perfection 🙂

So my advice: as much details as possible & communication. 

 

Post # 9
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318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Starlet, I am also from the bay area–where did you get your dress made?

Post # 10
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Hey creme,

At the time I was back in Asia. So she’s not so local to us in Bay Area (sorry).

But I’m sure you can find some tips from yelp like these.  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I almost had my dress made, but ended up finding one I liked for less than it would cost to have one made.  My one piece of advice is to go try things on in a store before you decide on the style.  I had my dream dress planned in my mind, then when I started trying on things in that style, I found that they look AWFUL on me!  I would have hated it if a seamstress put in so much work (even just for the muslin) then I ended up changing the style completely!

Post # 12
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700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@joannagrims:  A "Muslin" mock up or what not is just like a practice dress that the seamstress would make out of muslin material which is really inexpensive.  You can make all the major alterations to the muslin dress, and when you’re done, the seamstress has a tailored pattern that they can use on the real fabric.  

Post # 13
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281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oh you are far away…I was going to recommend the lady making my dress…but I doubt you want to go all the way to Alabama to get a dress made.

Post # 15
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Am seriously thinking about it, but want to find the right tailor.  Any recommendations for greater-Boston or greater-DC?

Post # 16
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101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hi bees,

 

I guess you can say I had a custom dress made. Long story short. I fell in love with a Lazaro dress that was $6000 and way out of my price range. The thing I absolutely loved about the dress was how plain it was but it had this gorgeous handmade swarovski belt that made the dress just pop. Well the buyer of the bridal store I was in told me I might be able to just order the belt. She was great and together we found a much less expensive dress by Casablanca and recreated my gorgeous Lazaro dress. My mom offered to buy my belt which ended up being more than the Casablanca dress. Casablanca was amazing because they let me add and take away things to make my dress the exact way I wanted it. I was so nervous becuase I had this vision in my mind and had no idea how it would turn out. We didn’t even have drawing or anything I just told them what I want added and they will sewn in my belt. The dress came in and it is even better than I imagined. It still isn’t complete yet until I have my first fitting but I know it will be perfect.  I ended up with a dress that I love even more than my dream $6000 Lazaro dress for slightly less than half of the price.

 

Don’t you love having a custom dress? I love knowing that no matter what no one will ever have a dress exactly like mine!

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