(Closed) Designing a custom dress

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 5
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

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
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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).

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