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on Styles and Fabrics

Contributed by Alicyn Wright

: Alicyn@sewbridal.com

    Can I save money making a dress (or having it made) over purchasing one retail?

It depends. If you are trying to copy an expensive designer gown, you will most likely save quite a bit. If you are comparing an imported factory gown made in Asia, you may not. It will also depend on whether you are paying a seamstress or sewing it on your own. If you sew it yourself, you can save money. If you are paying a qualified dressmaker, it might cost a little more.

However, there are several other important factors to consider in addition to price.

First is Style. If you are the type who does not want to look like the hundreds of other brides in the same ready-to-wear gown, then you may consider making or having a dress made. Sewing a dress offers you the luxury of designing details to your exact liking. You can select the perfect shaped rose; whether a bud or fully open bloom; the perfect placement of a lace applique or trim to accent or camouflage. Making a gown creates a one-of-a-kind dress. Even though you may be using a commercial pattern, individual choice in lace, fabric and detailing indeed create a personal gown for you.

Second is fit. Many brides purchase an expensive ready made designer gown not realizing they will then have to spend another small fortune…sometimes hundreds of dollars… in alterations just to get that gown to fit their figure. A custom gown tailored for your individual figure always gives you a fit that is unequaled in a ready-to-wear gown. The proper fitting takes place in the original pattern work…something you can never achieve with a mass produced size.

Third is Quality. This is an area where there is no comparison. The gowns sewn in Asian factories are simply not made to last. If you are looking for an heirloom quality gown that can be cherished for generations, have it made by a qualified dressmaker.

Your wedding gown is a dress that will be worn once but cherished for a lifetime. To me the choice is simple.

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