(Closed) Custom Wedding Dress?

posted 8 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
23 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009


I had my dress made last summer and can hopefully spare you some of my grief. My experience was terrible but yours doesn’t have to be necessarily.  I guess if you have enough lead time; get one already made!  I was short on time & wanted a Priscilla dress but was scared I wouldn’t get it in time.  I was on a budget & found a lady who could do my gown & veil for around 1600.00.  I was very particular because I’m an older bride & 99% of the dresses were not right for me.  I showed her a photo of a dress, and she photoshop’d it on me & was great.  She could not execute it though.  My dressmaker was not a designer, I wanted to rely on her to know what worked, what fabric worked but I found out that I had to worry about that. And her execution turned out not good either.  After the 1 & 2nd fitting I was concerned, she was working slow & the dress wasn’t taking shape.  couldn’t get the neckline right, or the bust right. Sometimes the bust was right, but the next fitting all the sudden it was change, and not right again. I should’ve followed by brain and dumped her but I didn’t.  Messed up my whole wedding week & I still have bad dreams about.  The morning of my wedding, she stayed up for 2 nights working on it, she tore my zipper from the dress.  I had to be sewn in.  I was late for my wedding and couldn’t get my full Mass as a result. Please don’t scrimp!

Post # 4
1313 posts
Bumble bee

I have heard mostly good things about Milly Bridal (try doing a search for “Milly” here on WB and see what you come up with)


Also, here is their eBay store:


I am 99% sure I am going to order one from them unless g-ma decides she wants to buy my dress (which could be a possibility when we go to try on 🙂    )

Post # 5
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had a wonderful experience having a custom wedding gown made.  I wanted a very specific design and just couldn’t find my “dream gown” so I had one made!  I was looking for a 1940s sweetheart gown with 3/4 sleeves, but everything I came across was “too ornate” for me.  It took about 8 months of designing, fittings, etc… for my gown, but it was well worth the wait.  I loved my it!  Also, after the whole process i decided I needed a second gown for the reception (because I would be wearing my ceremony gown again for a wedding abroad).  The designer I worked with had wonderful off the rack gowns and she was nice enough to give me one that we altered into my “dream reception” gown.  I would suggest interviewing different designers/dressmakers and see if you connect with anyone. 

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Post # 6
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

If you can find a dressmaker that specialises in bridal I’d recommend that. I’m currently having my dress made by a local bridal shop – they make ALL of their dresses. So far I’ve been really happy with the results – I’m in a similar situation to HapaBride – I want a tea length 50’s prom dress style, I couldn’t find ANYTHING tea length AT ALL in the bridal shops and just couldn’t bring myself to settle. I also wasn’t comfortable with ordering something online and am just lucky that there’s this store that does couture bridal gowns about 50 minutes from me. If you can find someone that has lots of examples of their work and you trust them then go for it. Just make sure you start early cos it’s quite a long process to go from a sketch or picture to having your completed dress. Good luck!

Post # 7
15 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I purchased my dress from Joy Houston in Old Town, Alexandria. I didnt design it myself but instead I purchased one from her that I saw at a Bridal show.  She makes all her dresses and I can’t tell you how in love I am with my dress.  I was so picky, searchedin 20 different stores in multiple states and I was so happy when I finally found it.

I tried two on at her store that I loved.  The dresses on the website are not my type and she does have some in the store that I wouldn’t wear.  However, the majority are just lovely.  I’m sure she’d do a great job.

Post # 8
1 posts

I bought my dress on ebay from China and LOVED it. I didn’t have to get any alterations. I had to get it steamed because they somehow fit it in a tiny box, but other than that it was great! Now I know that not all sellers are that great. Mine gave almost weekly updates and regularly sent pictures of the progress. They would change anything I didn’t like. They finished my dress and i received it in like 2 months. It was gorgeous, and pretty good quality especially considering the price. I got a $900 dress for $300 with s/h. It is true that you have to pay it all upfront though. If you have any questions ask Smile

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