(Closed) Custom Made or Ready Made Gown?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My sister had her gown custom-made and it was gorgeous and fit her to a tee! everyone loved it and she loved it too. I am also going to have my gown custom-made but made sure to look at and try on other gowns that she had already made. I think it should be good because she has promised me as many custom fitting sessions that I want or need. That’s my favorite part! I gave her a deadline for a few months befoer the actual date so I can have her make changes that might come up. good luck!

Post # 4
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I too went the custom route.  I know it will turn out exactly how I want, because my super-fab dressmaker will do anything in his power to make it right!  (cough, cough, Kiko Couture in Seattle!)  I gave him my budget and he creates a masterpiece in that price range.

The other thing I love about the custom dress (as pancy mentioned above) is the fit.  I have a hard-to-fit body, especially when it comes to dresses.  I’m an extreme pear shape – very big hips/booty and very tiny waist.  Even if I found a dress I liked off the rack, I would’ve either spent a fortune on alterations, or worse, the rebuild of the bodice could ruin the dress! 

Besides all that, I think there’s something so glamorous and special about a custom dress – no one else in the whole world will have my dress.  Just my two cents.  🙂 

Post # 5
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I am also having my dress custom made. I tried on some dresses, but they were SO heavy, and I just didn’t like them.  I saw a dress from a designer that I liked, but it’s an exclusive to Kleinfeld’s and not only do I live in L.A. and not NY, but I can’t afford a designer dress. So, I took a picture of the dress to a seamstress (after I’d finally found one). I was SO nervous that the dress wouldn’t come out anything like the picture and it would be a disaster and I would be pissed.  But when I went into the shop and saw her work and talked to her (for like an hour) she was very knowledgable and even noticed some things about the dress that I hadn’t seen, and I’ve been looking at this dress for months! I mean, I’ve made copy after copy of this dress, looked at it at least 250 times, and e-mailed it to several people, and still didn’t see all of the detailing. Now I feel pretty confident that she will be able to make the dress with no problem, and after the first fitting, if it doesn’t look the way I want, she will make the necessary changes. I totally understand your apprehension, but if you find someone who knows what they’re doing, they should be able to make WHATEVER you want with no problem.

Post # 6
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

i’m kinda having mine custom made – my mom is making my dress. 🙂 she made all my prom/ball dresses in high school, so i know she can do it, and this way, i get exactly what i want… we’re putting two patterns together and lengthening the dress. 🙂

i was slightly worried about it coming out exactly like i wanted, but i figure, who knows me better? 

Post # 7
2246 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Nice to have a Mom like that.

Post # 8
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine is ready made but I’m having a seamstress (friend of my moms) make some tweeks to it so it will be custom made in the end.  Mostly I just want the skirt to be more of a trumpet fit than the fit and flare that it already is.  Which is odd because when I went looking I was sure I was going to buy an A-line.

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