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Anyone know of a Custom Wedding Dress Maker in NOVA?

Hello,

A few of my friends told me that it might be cheaper to have a dress made (depending on the dress). Do you all know of any good seamstresses in the Northern VA area?

Thank you.

Re: Anyone know of a Custom Wedding Dress Maker in NOVA?

  • I don't know of one in NOVA. But, I am having my dress made in RVA at Evelyn's Designs http://evelyndesigns.net/ She does FANTASTIC work and is very affordable. The designer gown I wanted was over $2500, and she is making mine (that looks just like my inspiration dress with a few added details) for less than $1000!!!
  • I don't mind driving down to Richmond. What's the turn around time? (on average... as long as I don't go overboard)
  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_virginia_anyone-know-of-a-custom-wedding-dress-maker-in-nova?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:236Discussion:9ebdbd92-7ff0-493e-b4ba-d4895013a77bPost:6bcdb757-a2d0-4062-94cf-06cb1c8b67d5">Re: Anyone know of a Custom Wedding Dress Maker in NOVA?</a>:
    [QUOTE]I don't mind driving down to Richmond. What's the turn around time? (on average... as long as I don't go overboard)
    Posted by anahita7[/QUOTE]

    I guess it depends on the design of your gown. I wanted mine all lace, so she had to order in all the lace. I started working with her in Nov and my dress is almost ready. We knew we had a lot of time before my May wedding, so I think she could probably turn it around pretty quickly if needed.

    The process went like this:
    1st meeting- discuss ideas and inspirations, what you want etc. I sent her pics via email and met in person to discuss. She will draw out the design of what you want on paper. She will take intial measurements.
    2nd- she makes a dress out of muslin (cheap white fabric) and outlines your dress while its on you with measurements.
    3rd- actually try on your dress, any last alterations etc. (this is where i am now)
  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_virginia_anyone-know-of-a-custom-wedding-dress-maker-in-nova?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:236Discussion:9ebdbd92-7ff0-493e-b4ba-d4895013a77bPost:8c02e1ff-0666-4a47-bae5-cf84c958706b">Re: Anyone know of a Custom Wedding Dress Maker in NOVA?</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Anyone know of a Custom Wedding Dress Maker in NOVA? : I guess it depends on the design of your gown. I wanted mine all lace, so she had to order in all the lace. I started working with her in Nov and my dress is almost ready. We knew we had a lot of time before my May wedding, so I think she could probably turn it around pretty quickly if needed. The process went like this: 1st meeting- discuss ideas and inspirations, what you want etc. I sent her pics via email and met in person to discuss. She will draw out the design of what you want on paper. She will take intial measurements. 2nd- she makes a dress out of muslin (cheap white fabric) and outlines your dress while its on you with measurements. 3rd- actually try on your dress, any last alterations etc. (this is where i am now)
    Posted by Springdaisy5[/QUOTE]


    When did you start the process?
  • I met with her for the first time at the very end of November 2012. And my dress will be ready very soon.
  • You can try Kimly's ALterations out of Woodbridge, VA.  You need to select your pattern and fabric and then take it to her.  All you pay is her labor charges-which are reasonable.

    THe pattern and fabric is where you will pay the most.  Unless you go to India or Thailand, fabric and notions are really pricey.  I would buy a sample gown from a full service bridal salon and then take it to a seamstress to change or add on to it.  This method will save you the most money and you can customize/design the dress on your own to make it your own!

    Having a dress custom made WILL NOT save you money and you take your chances not to mention taking up your time-you take your chances that the seamstress won't make it the way you want.  Usually there are no refunds in this process.  Good luck to you with your decision.
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