At this point you can ask for samples of the types of fabric you like (these are normally free), and you can begin to work out the cost of the fabric youíll need for your gown. Whatever you do, donít buy it until you have confirmed a price for the making of your dress from your seamstress and you have asked him/her to look at the fabric you want to use. As mentioned in the Dress Shopping article, we would strongly recommend searching dress shops first of all to see what shades of fabric and style of dress suit you best and what type of material you like the most on a full dress. Oyster (a very slight milky pink) can look lovely on a roll of material, but depending on your skin colouring, it could look quite dusky when worn so make sure you do some research.
The fabric supplier is also a great place to track down local seamstresses. Most stores will have a number they know and can recommend and this is a great place to start your quest for the person who will be actually making your dream dress.
Whilst seamstresses can be miracle workers when it comes to altering an ill-fitting dress they may not be able to make your perfect dress from a sketch you've done or some pictures from a magazine - remember, on the whole they will work from patterns with detailed instructions. However, this is not always the case, and some will be more than happy to work through your ideas with you and skilled enough to create your masterpiece. That said, if this is what you are after, check them out thoroughly before you commission them to make the dress of your dreams.