(Closed) Meeting with a custom dressmaker tomorrow– what questions should I ask?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@multinational:  This sounds amazing!  I went to see a custom dress maker…her styles just weren’t for me but they were stunning!
While I’m not so sure of the “ettiquete” of dress making, perhaps ask him about what happens if you customize a dress, it’s just what you want, but then you put it on and it isn’t quite right, will the continue to work on it, and will it cost extra?  Just make sure he or she isn’t going to be all “well I made it to your exact specifications you’re on your own now”.  Best of luck and send pics when it’s done lol!

Post # 4
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would start out with asking what the standard process is. For most custom dress makers they start with a sketch, then a muslin mock up, and then they get to making the final dress. They usually give you as many fittings as you need to make alterations or changes to the design. Usually they have a base price which will go up depending on how complicated the design is and how expensive the fabrics are that you want. They usually purchase the fabric through their suppliers, charge you for the cost of the fabric, and build that into the total price. Obviously if you ended up needing to purchase more fabric during alterations, they would just add on whatever the cost is for what you need (like another $100 for X more yards of fabric). The only other thing you should check is if they are going to charge you a flat price from the start based on what they know it will take them to make it, or if they are going to charge you per hour they work (or something). Finally, make sure you click with your dress maker. You don’t want to get into this process and feel like they aren’t listening to you, or that you are afraid to tell them what changes you want. 

I’m customizing a dress I purchased and it has been amazing to work with my seamstress. Good luck and keep us updated!

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