Post # 1
My message got lost in a thread asking a different question so I hope you guys don’t mind me asking in a new post.
After not being able to decide whether I want to spend $3500 on a Lazaro gown or risk not loving a the Mori Lee 1602 by ordering it without trying it on, I have decided to go with a custom gown.
I’d love to hear your feedback if you had your gown customized. How was your experience? Did you save money in the process?
I’ve sketched out my dream gown at the moment. I would love to hear your suggestions as right now, I’m not sure what to have the skirt material as. At first I wanted tulle under a semi-sheer top layer (that has a lace edge) but now I’m wondering what if I have an opaque material (like silk, taffeta) as the top layer over tulle, or what. Also, I’d like the back to be a little more interesting, do you have any suggestions?
To sum it up, the top part to me is perfect right now. All lace bodice with corset lace-up back, dropped waist starts at mid-bum or maybe a little lower. I want the neckline of the bodice to have a sort of ruffled edge. The designer will be able to make a matching veil for me and I think that would go really well with the dress.
Post # 3
Your design looks very nice 🙂
But, let me ask you something, do you know who is making your custom dress? Is it someone you know already, a local seemstress? Or some store from China? I ask this because that’s very important. I’m absolutely pro-local seemstress!
Also, have you considered shopping some more, trying more dresses on? Maybe you’ll find exactly what you want or more.
Post # 4
Yes, I am going to a local seamstress who has samples of her work on Facebook and on her website. I have tried on 50+ dresses and have only found maybe 2-3 that I would consider buying, but nothing has been a definite winner. I think it’s really hard to get exactly what I want because it seems like every dress I try on, there’s at least one or two things that I would change.
It’s challenging because the bridal stores here all stock the same styles of gowns. They all like to stock ballgowns and A-line gowns, rarely do I find a mermaid/trumpet gown!
Post # 5
I had my gown custom made (a long time ago) but what we did was take a few pictures of the parts of a few dresses we liked, and had the seamstress draw/design it for us. She knew the right dimensions to make everything flow together, but even with all her experience, there were still some problems. I loved that it was a one of a kind,tho. At the time it was made, we didn’t do it to save money. We did it because every gown I tried on seemed to be the same!
For the time, it was pretty expensive, but definitely worth it. At today’s prices? I have no idea what it might cost.
Your drawing looks pretty good and detailed. Hope you can find someone to make it for you!
Post # 6
I would definitely suggest the material that is on the bottom should be similar to the material in the bodice. Therefore, it’s probably not a very good idea to switch to satin/taffeta on the bottom unless it’s also on the bodice.
Post # 7
@corals: heh… I know what that’s like! I found one on ebay but getting it has been a nightmare.
I’m kinda jealous that you have a local seamstress to go to and a design. I’m afraid we don’t have any around here that would do it (not without a two hour drive and more than a bought gown from DB) and the sketch I’d have would be rather impossible (I’d have my FI’s cousin sketch it and, well, he likes details. lots of details. that wouldn’t be humanly possible to create).
love the sketch! you did a great job!!!
Post # 8
I worked with a seamstress. I took pictures of the dresses that I liked and explained to her what I wanted (i.e. this picture for the front, this for the skirt, this for the back, etc). She took all my measurements and made a muslin pattern for the dress and I had 4 fittings with the muslin (I believe), then once she had a correct “pattern,” she got to work on my dress. I bought some satin off denverfabrics.com, and the alencon lace that I coveted off sposabellalace.com. (They were the cheapest for that specific lace, which is still ridiculously expensive).
I got a custom gown for $1250 (plus my cost for fabric which was about $1,050 – told you – LACE AAAHHHH!), so that’s $2300. The gown I originally wanted with my changes for about $1,000 less than the original gown – and that doesn’t include what alterations would have been (or tax).