Post # 1
Pardon my ignorance but I am kind of clueless when it comes to wedding dresses and the entire wedding planning process.
From my past posts I’ve mentioned that I found a designer I really want to work with but they’re located in Utah (I’m in NYC.) I know it in my bones she can make the dress I want (she’s made it before) and her price is a lot less then if I had the dress in NYC made and that’s even including 1-2 round trip flights to go and see her.
If you had a custom dress made would you ONLY get the fittings done by that designer or would you feel comfortable getting your measurements taken by her, have her make the dress and then the fittings could be done by someone more local?
I can do 1 trip out there…maybe 2 but I don’t want to fly out there for 3 fittings! The dress will basically be all lace, long sleeve and very form fitting.
Post # 3
@mousepeach: I’m having my dress custom made. I’m actually moving to the city its being made in, but before I knew that I was the designer suggested I have any minor alterations done in my hometown.
I wouldn’t have anything major done by anyone else, but I’d be okay with having a little bit of fabric taken in.
I’d ask for lots of pics when its completed so it looks pretty perfect before you book your flight out there to minimize alterations.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
If you can, I would definitely recommend getting your measurements done by her for a first fitting. After that, if you don’t expect your weight to fluctuate drastically you can just let her complete the dress and have any alterations done locally.
Post # 5
@mousepeach: I’ve had custom dresses made wear I only worked with the designer from start-to-finish. This, I believe is the ideal situation, since s/he knows how the original vision is supposed to play out, and can more easily correct deviations from the at vision.
On the other hand, I have had some other dresses custom made internationally where I could not work with the original designer all the way through (only for the initial fitting/dress creation). I had to take it to a local seamstress for the remaning fittings, and it still turned out swimmingly because the foundation has already been set, and the seamstress only had to make small adjustments.
I would not worry about something going awry, love. Think of the second situation as the standard dress alterations circumstance:
- bride buys off-the-rack gown made by designer X
- bride takes gown to seamstress Y for alterations
- seamstress Y alters gown fabulously
- bride tra la las from the altar to the dance floor looking amazing
Post # 6
Awesome! Thanks everyone. I know I’ll go for the initial consult/measurements. I as well as the designer already know the end result of the dress because she’s made it before for another bride last year. Yes – I’m a copycat….feel a bit guilty about it.
I’m sure I’ll be ok 🙂