- How long have you been a designer and dressmaker (AKA are you sure you know what you are doing?)
I’ve been sewing for other people since I started sewing like my life depended on it 11 years ago. I had sewn before then, but never with the intensity that struck me a little over a decade ago. I turned it into a tax paying business 5 years ago. If there’s something I don’t know how to do, I’m the first to admit it.
- I saw this dress on Pinterest. Can you make me a copy?
Unfortunately, no. I don’t make copies of other people’s work. During our initial consultation, we can look over anything you’ve pinned to use as a reference. After that, I’ll sketch out an idea and we work together to come up with something you’ll love that will be an original design.
- I would like to request something custom – when & how should I contact you?
A wedding dress requires at least 6 months notice, depending on my schedule, but not more than a year and a half. Making a gown is time consuming, but even more so is buying swatches, checking in with clients, the back and forth, the mock-up, and all of the fittings. Feel free to reach out through the contact page with questions.
- I don’t live in the Indianapolis, IN area. Will you make me a dress if I send you all my measurements?
Unfortunately, no. If you’d like a custom dress from Curvy Custom Bride, you need to plan on coming in for 3 fittings plus a trip to pick-up.
- Do you do alterations?
I definitely do alterations on pre-exisiting wedding dresses. Again, plan on coming in for 3 fittings plus a trip to pick-up. I have brides from all over who come for alterations so it’s not unheard of.
- What is a mock-up?
A mock-up is a version of your dress/outfit in cheap fabric. It’s the most uninspiring item you’ll try on. To me, it’s the best way to get the fit right.
- Does a custom dress cost less than store-bought?
Check the pricing below, but no. Custom tends to be higher than store-bought. In part, because it’s not being mass produced. But also because you’re paying for a service, not just a product. You’re getting a design and a fit that can’t be bought in a store, and I price accordingly.
- I’m trying to save money, so I already bought a pattern (it’s really simple!) and all the materials you will need. Can you make my dress inexpensively? Can we just skip the mock-up or one of the fittings?
While I can appreciate wanting to save money, it rarely ends well. Rushing a sewing job tends to give you a rushed sewing job. Fast fashion has lead us to believe we can have cheap, fast, and good clothing. You really only ever get 2 of those 3. Choose wisely. Skipping a mock-up sometimes means that you need more fabric, and have to cut it out over again. It’s a gamble I’m not interested in.
- You charge a lot more for sewing than someone else I talked to – why?
Sewing is relative. What one designer/dressmaker deems difficult or more time consuming, another will deem less time consuming. I have confidence in my skill and understand what it takes to sustain a business. I price accordingly. Ultimately, you should find a designer/dressmaker who you’re comfortable with. That’s something you can’t put a price on.
- Do you have anything already made for sale?
I don’t, but I have a handful of samples that can be tried on in my studio.
Wedding Gown/Outfit: $1800 plus fabric and materials
Bridal Party/Guest Dress/Outfit: $800 plus fabric and materials
Gala/Red Carpet Dress/Outfit: $800 plus fabric and materials
Wedding Dress alterations: Price varies and can be estimated in person only
- One last question: Why is fabric separate from the cost of design & dressmaking?
It wouldn’t be fair to charge the same for a dress made of imported Italian lace costing $200/yard as for a dress made of lace costing $25/yard. It’s also a place where you control the cost. I work with a silk wholesaler to provide you with the best materials for your dress, but ultimately, the choice is yours.
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