(Closed) What do you think is exceptable to pay for a custom made dress?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Its really hard to know without knowing fabric used, how much fabric, how many details etc.

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I found a dressmaker in Greece who makes replica dresses and they are AMAZING. She made a replica for one bride of Christos Maribel and I swear you couldn’t look at that dress and an actual Christos and tell the difference. I got her to make my dress, which is a replica of Christos Brisa, and paid $700 for the dress, which is fairly high for a replica, but nowhere near the $4000 something price tag of the original, and her work is so detailed and precise that it was worth it to me for the peace of mind. I knew she wouldn’t use cheap fabric or skimp on details the way some of the Chinese dressmakers can. She’s just one woman making dresses in her home and she really takes her time with them. I think anymore than $800 or $900 for a replica is too much probably, but if it’s a substantial amount less than the original dress and you can’t see yourself in any other dress, it’s worth it to pay to get as close to the original as you can, IMO.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@USAandKSA:  My alterations cost close to that.  Figure how long it takes to hand design and sew a dress, purchase the material and notions, and take care of overhead, and I doubt your dressmaker is getting rich.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I’d like to see some examples of the dresses. I think the price takes into account many factors (fabric,details,labor), so its hard to compare.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That sounds low to me, especially if she’s going to be using good fabric (silk, for instance) and the design is anything other than extremely simple.

One of my best friends made my dress.  She used two different silks, and created the most amazing design that involved something like 67 separate pieces of white silk and probably two dozen strands of teal silk piping; it had four separate hems. It was a super complicated design, and although I don’t know how many hours it took her, I’m sure it was more than 40.  I paid her $1000 (my suggestion) including the fabric. I think if a stranger had done all that for me it would have cost 3-4 times as much. I don’t have pro-pics yet, but these give you a sense of it.

From the front:

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Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I paid about $2100 for my dress. That was for the pattern, all the alterations, and materials. My lace was $1,000 for 4 yards (YEAH) so that was a big chunk of it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh, I guess I should say; my gown does not involve a particularly expensive fabric like silk or lace. It is mostly tulle. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@USAandKSA: Awww, thank you. 🙂  She really did an amazing job, IMO. I felt super lucky to have a friend willing and able to make my dress!

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