Cinderella had a fairy godmother to create her ball gown, but finding the real-life, custom-made dress of your dreams requires effort. Harnessing the power of the Internet to custom design your evening gown can save you time and money, while ensuring that no other woman at your social event shows up in the same dress. Sites that walk you through every step from creating the initial sketch to finding a seamstress, refining the details and tailoring your finished piece, make it easier than ever to find your own happily ever after.
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Use an online design program to create your own evening gown. Websites like WeddingDressCreator.com may specialise in wedding dresses, but the designs can easily be adapted into evening gowns by choosing bold colours and sleek silhouettes. The customisable designs are limited, and there is no way to translate the online design into a real dress, but this is a good place to get the creative juices flowing and develop an initial sketch. It is also easy to use for those with no drawing experience. You can print out your design and show it to a seamstress or dressmaker for inspiration and guidance
Collaborate with a professional dressmaker who is willing to consult with you online. Couturiers, including Darius Cordell, create extravagant evening and bridal gowns while working with clients via e-mail. For a less expensive option, many talented and experienced dressmakers can be found on websites like Etsy. These designers will gladly make a custom frock for clients in different cities, states or countries. This process may require you to meet with a professional seamstress in your area for measurements. You may also need access to a digital camera and a scanner, so plan ahead and locate those resources before you begin your partnership with the designer.
Visit an evening gown vendor that specialises in customised dresses to design your gown. Vendors like Olivia Luca and Lynn Lugo offer customised evening and bridesmaid dresses. Clients can dictate everything from the dress colour, type of fabric, neck and hemlines, and sleeve length. Additional design choices may include a nominal fee and include contrasting trims, beadwork, matching sashes and shawls. This is an excellent option for those searching for a custom-designed dress on a budget. The extensive designs offer numerous possibilities, and building a customised gown from pre-designed templates is far less expensive than creating a couture dress from scratch.
Tips and warnings
- Allow plenty of time for your custom-designed ball gown. Depending on the designer this process can take anywhere from six weeks to a year.
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