(Closed) dress help

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Experience. Look for someone who has done bridal work before, and get recs, talk to her previous clients.

Fabric can also make or break a dress; a good seamstress should know her fabrics and will be able to recommend to you which fabric you need for the style of dress you want.

Be sure you know what you want going in – pictures are essential. A good seamstress will take more measurements than you knew were possible, sketch/note allll the details of your dress, etc. (what sort of support you want built in, button styles, so on)

Make sure you get a written estimate of price, including all ‘extra’ materials she will need to purchase (zippers, thread, buttons, hook and eye, beading, lace, etc etc etc) and your fittings/alterations, and a written estimated timeline of when the dress will be completed, will it be pressed, etc.

Get everything in writing.

Post # 4
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I’d keep shopping around for a dress, even if it is just to get an idea of what type of dress you will want your seamstress to make. I’m sorry you had a bad experience dress shopping the other day 🙁 From my experience, there were definitely some dresses that I wanted to try on that I couldn’t even try on because they were too small, and it is sad, but what can you do? Just move on to the next dress. Different dress manufacturers have different size charts, so you might not be an 18 in all designers. Different dresses are cut differently, even within the same manufacturer. Have you tried on any Maggie dresses? Anything with a corset back will help your chest fit. And maybe you can call the shops ahead to ask how they organize their samples (some organize by size, which is really helpful) or to ask how many samples they have in your general size.

Regarding a seamstress, I think references/recommendations are a must. I’d try to go to someone who specializes in gowns/wedding dresses. And I also agree with daydream’s advice about fabric.

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