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Careful planning will help to assure that you get the wedding gown of your dreams.

Handmade Wedding Gown

If you have decided that you want to have your wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses made, and sewing them yourself is a daunting project, we have some suggestions for finding a dressmaker.

Ask everyone you know if they could recommend someone. Sewing a wedding gown is a special talent, be sure that yours is not their first!

Check your local fabric stores to see if they maintain a list of qualified seamstresses. Check with a trusted dry cleaner, or local alteration or tailoring shops.

You will want to find someone who shares your vision of your wedding gown. Someone who you are able to communicate with, and who will listen to what it is you want but is honest enough to share her opinions as to whether what you have in mind will work in a way that will be pleasing to you in the end.

Here are some steps you can use to ensure that the person you hire to make your wedding gown will be able to accomplish what you want.

For your first interview bring along:

  • Pictures of the wedding dress or the pattern you've selected
  • Number of Bridesmaids, their approximate sizes, and body types
  • A small sample of the fabric, if you've already chosen it.

Questions to ask the seamstress:

  • Her time schedule.
  • Does she create a custom design or does she prefer to use a pattern?
  • Ask to see samples of her work - very important if you have not previously seen her work.
  • References - check them !!
  • Estimate of costs - in writing.
  • What she expects you to supply - most seamstresses will ask you to pick up all the notions and etc.
  • Her opinion on suitability of your fabric and wedding dress pattern.
  • Is the style you've chosen suited to your body type?
  • Will the wedding dress be comfortable to wear or will you have restricted movement?
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