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Advice for those who can't find their dream dress in the Bridal Stores

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Having your dress made may sound like an extravagance that few can afford, but remember we are talking about making a dress, not designing one (see the separate article entitled Having it Designed, but only if you're flush for cash!).


Having your dress made consists of ‘commissioning’ a seamstress to construct the dress, typically from a pattern bought from a fabric store. The pattern will provide the seamstress with the detailed instructions they need to be able to turn the sketch on the front of the packet into a dress that will dazzle and amaze. 


There are tons of patterns out there, and ones can be found in most fabric stores and some haberdashery and craft stores, or indeed why not check out the internet. Most pattern manufacturers have a Wedding dress section, but if not, all have evening wear which can be especially useful if you want something a little bit more sleek and sultry.


Once you have managed to track down a pattern you like (don't worry if it needs the odd tweak here and there - the seamstress should be able to do things like add simple spaghetti straps, incorporate a loop to tie up the train, add beading and sparkles, etc) it is time to get some material to make it. If you're anything like us and can’t quite work out how much fabric you will need, ask an assistant at a fabric/haberdashery store for advice and ask them to show you some different types and qualities of fabric that would work well with this pattern - you may want to read our article entitled A Material World prior to doing this.


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