Post # 1
Has anyone gone the local custom route with a wedding dress? Whether it is through Etsy or whatnot. I’m meeting with a local seamstress this weekend that specializes in wedding dresses and I’m sure $$$ will come up. I’m really not sure what will be reasonable to ask. And of course I know it depends on what kind of dress I want, how intricate, the material, etc etc.
If you have done so before could you give me a guessimate of your labor cost? And average how many yards of fabric were used?
My tastes are simple…but expensive! Jim Hjelm 8904 or 8801 are the general styles I lean towards.
Post # 3
This is a great question. My sister in law used a local seamstress and came out with a dress cheaper than the one she was looking at in the store for her destination wedding. But I also know other girls in my acquaintance that paid way more $$ for a custom dress.
The price is going to depend on (1) Fabric (You will need 10 yards of every type for lining, dress etc.) (2)Hand Work – beading, lace, boning, etc.(3) Labor . .
Below is a sample breakdown — including a labor cost of about $30 and hour for creating the dress which is pretty typical i think for a task of this magnitude — you want them to take the time and care. I based it on the type of dresses you like
Fabric: White Silk Charmeuse $19.95 yrd 10yrds=199.95
Ivory Alencon lace (covers the entire dress) $59.00 – $112.00 yrd 10 yrds=590.00 to 1120.00
Lining: 2.00yrd 10yrds=20.00
Netting: 2.00yrd 10 yrds=20.00
Boning: 5.00pack 2packs=10.00
Thread: 2.50 1 spool 2 spools= 5.00
Labor: 30.00 @ 10hrs
You can always use less expensive fabrics to help alleviate costs, but great fabric/special occasion fabrics can get pricey — a lot of times that is what makes those dresses so expensive . . . .
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
Thanks BrownBridal! That’s really helpful!
I’m really surprised no one has done this before…anyone?
Post # 5
I am having a custom dress made by a local seamstress and it will actually end up being cheaper than any of the dresses that I looked at and liked in the stores.
That being said, I totally agree with BrownBridal – the fabrics are most often what makes the dresses so expensive. I think that based on the dresses you mentioned you liked, the Alencon lace really adds to the expense. Most alencon lace, if you’re buying it yourself (as opposed to, say, a buyer from Jim Hjelm buying a ton of it!) comes in relatively small amounts (many places only sell it in ~5yd ‘pieces’ – you might want to take that into consideration. My dress ended up being fairly inexpensive compared to what I saw in the stores, because I wanted something very simple (ie, no lace or beading on it), so you may find that a custom dress with the lace, etc, will end up being a similar price to what you would find in the stores.
To give you an idea – my dress has a very short ‘train’ (if you even want to call it that), and the dress will require 10 yds of fabric for the actual dress, and another 10 yards each for 2 linings.
I got a total steal on the fabric for my dress as there was a sale going on when I bought it and ended up paying around $17/yd. The linings are much cheaper, around $4/yd. I’m not sure on the additional costs for boning/zipper/buttons, but I am guessing around another $50 for that, plus labor of $35/hr.