(Closed) Possible new business venture!

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 19
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@Katnisseverdeen:  I really hope you don’t feel like we’re being too hard on you. I would also rather get honest opinions from people than try and have it not work out. Once you make and post more, we’ll be here to give our input! Also, I would suggest getting a child mannequin to put the dress on. It would be easier to imagine if it was on a body.

Post # 21
5217 posts
Bee Keeper

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@Katnisseverdeen:  DH and I are in the throes of deciding if opening and pursuing a new business venture could be for us, too…. I hope the feedback helps! You’re brave– I’m too scared at the moment to put my idea out there for the Hive to see just yet 🙂 good luck!

Post # 22
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

It reminds me of this dress from Etsy which has been all over pinterest.



Audrey Hepburn Tutu Dress by Atutudes - THE ORIGINAL as seen on Lauren Conrad's website and Pinterest

I think it’s very cute and fun for a photo shoot.  On the other hand it’s very easy to make so I’m not sure I would pay someone for it.

Post # 23
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

With a lot of practice you will get better. My mom and her sister sew. My aunt actually does it full time, she makes custom dresses. She goes by word of mouth and doesn’t have an esty/online website/ her daughter made a facebook page for her last year. She been doing it for 30 years though, and so she has  a lot of customers who children and grandchildren come to her.

Anyways my whole point is if you love it, and practice your craft, and get really good at what you do until it’s good quality and professional I think people will pay for it. I think it’s a good business venture it’s just something you have to build up too. Good luck!

Post # 24
9478 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Katnisseverdeen:  I think it has potential.  Best of luck and keep practicing!  Is there a little girl that could model the dress for us?

Post # 25
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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@Meowkers:  That dress is adorable and has more of a “form” than the original one posted by the OP.


I will say OP that if I had a need for a dress like that I am one of those ladies that would buy it and not make it, I just don’t DIY. I think there is potential.

Post # 27
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

hmmmm…. sorry nope

Post # 28
61 posts
Worker bee

I actually kind of like it. I’ve always loved high couture and I know that tulle can be used to make crazy yet amazing dresses. I can definitely see where you were going with this dress. The problems I see though is that

1- what looks great on a model will not necessarily look good on a child. It is extremely easy for a child to “get lost” in a dress.

2- even though your dress gives a beautiful and romantic vibe, it is not very practical. Not everyone has that sweet/whimsical wedding. Even if they had this type of wedding, your dress is more “out there” and therefore you wouldn’t be able to sell many.

3- it is relatively easy to make.

Good luck though! 🙂

Post # 29
5398 posts
Bee Keeper

If you do end up pursuing a business, I would suggest adding things like headbands, tutus, skirts, dance costumes, etc. I’m sure your idea has potential but you want to attract more than just one kind of buyer. 

Post # 30
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think it is best viewed on a child. Sometimes dresses that are “hanger ugly” are actually pretty damn good.


Post # 31
494 posts
Helper bee

I could totally see the shape of the dress and the halter in the first picture. Yes, I would buy something like that and I’m kinda bummed we already got our flower girl dresses because I’d probably hit you up for some yellow ones. The “tu tu” things is pretty in right now (I guess not among fellow bees though). I’d pay like $40 because honestly, I don’t care how cute something is, if it’s for a little kid, it’s not worth much more. There’s just not enough use for the money with a kiddo. I think it’s cute and I think your first attempt as great! I’d stalk etsy a bit and see what similar items on there are going for. 

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