Any idea how much I should offer her, though? I'm more concerned about the going rates for labor for that sort of thing, and I don't want to insult her when I AM willing to pay fairly professional prices even to a friend.
Wow, that website has the best pricing I've seen so far... (most of the others I found seriously started at $1000 for similar dresses or worse!)... thank you. I hadn't thought to shop the renn-fest this year; I'm also in theatre, so I know a number of costume seamstresses, including one of my bridesmaids, I just didn't want to insult them if I had no idea how much this sort of thing costs for labor, etc.
And I think from now on it's going to be a "garden party" or a "barbecue" depending on what aspect I'm planning.
Hey all. I am a crocheter and knitter 4 lyfe, yo.. but definitely not a seamstress.
I am getting married in July of next year and need to put in an order for my wedding dress soon, as I'd like to get it custom made. My biggest problem thus far with this wedding is that I'm good with a dollar, and as soon as you say "wedding", prices jump 10fold, and it annoys the crap outta me.
So I wanted to get some awesome opinions from some awesome sewers on custom DRESS prices versus custom WEDDING dress prices.
Here's what I'm looking for: I am NOT a person who likes white at all, so I had already intended on getting some other color... big nature person, so... Rainbow, something green and foresty, or, my favorite idea, a dress in deep midnight blues with sparkles or rhinestones that look like the night sky. I want it in a semi-renaissance/fantasy style with some sort of sweeping sleeve, fitted/corset top, and flounce/train to the skirt, but I don't have an incredibly awkward figure, so it won't need tons of custom fitting, as I can often wear things off the rack.
My biggest "down" part of looking is that a lot of custom makers want to push lovely, super-expensive white satins that they from wedding boutiques that ups the price hardcore. I think I already really like the latter idea, and I'm aware that without the right fabric, it would probably look very costume-y or not as ethereal as I'd like, and it might take a lot of personal time placing or designing glitter and/or rhinestone sewing. It is a bit of a custom project.
However, I'm also a big do-it-yourselfer and wouldn't mind tracking down the fabric, sewing things on myself, etc., I just can't SEW the DRESS, especially if we'd decide to go with boning in the bodice and/or some kind of edging on the sleeves or anything like that. To cut costs, I wouldn't mind putting my own labor in, so it might even work to have the "core" dress made for me, and then do the finishing myself. I honestly don't know how many hours (and what price per hour) goes into any sort of dress making, so having that as a base for pricing might help me greatly! ("Okay, so I'm gonna have a base of $200 for labor"...)
But I wouldn't want to insult some dressmaker by altering the design I ask them to make or being super picky, etc. I really don't know what the etiquette for this is as I'm not a super-girly type of girl and was not the person that planned their wedding forever and got to be a maid of honor for all my BFFs, etc. I had thought at one point of finding a fashion student who might need a major portfolio project or something... just brainstorming here and making sure I've got all of my chicks in a row.
So.... I'd LOVE any input, ideas, pricing quotes, "oh my god you're a bridezilla" rants, references, etc., comments, thoughts, and conversation that you all might have on getting a custom wedding gown made before I actually go out on the market and make a fool out of myself. Thanks everyone.
So.. after almost four years of straight-needle knitting, I taught myself how to use DPNs on Saturday.
At my midnight Rocky Horror Picture Show, in the near-dark, watching my (male) fiancee play a sexy Columbia. For some reason, being surrounded by men and women in lingerie and people screaming at the movie screen took away the "OMG DPNs are HARD!" factor.
The people around me were so amused by the fact that I was shouting obscenities while knitting away like a grandma that it made me wonder whether anyone else had a funny or weird story about where they knit or, especially, where they may have learned a new technique!
I'm relocating to DC at the end of summer and was hoping I could get some recommendations on favorite yarn shops, craft shows, stitch gatherings, local bloggers, etc.! Anything in the Metro area is of interest. Thanks!!