The Joy of Sewing & Embroidery Service
Where to Shop (avg. cost, based on last year’s numbers
I always recommend that it is best to shop at a store instead of online first. In a store you get to try on the dress and make sure you like the style, color and lines of the dress on you. You also have an idea of the fit. Keep in mind though that if you try on a sample dress that is a size 6 in the store and it is rather snug/tight you may want to order a size up.
That dress is a sample dress and they typically have been tried on a lot and may be stretched out. Last thing you want to stress over is whether there is enough material inside the dress to let it out or losing weight/inches. On the flip side of that, if you try on a size 6 and it is a little big you will want to order a new 6 which would most likely fit you perfectly. That being said, is it a touchy subject but one that must be noted...maintaining your weight/inches throughout any alteration process is very important.
These are some of the places I recommend:
Lord & Taylor
What can you expect to pay for a dress?
Based on last year's number I had dresses $140 - $1200. I know this is a wide range but this is what came through.
ON the average range most were between $300 - $600. This may be a little sticker shock for some so it may be a good idea to have family give money for Christmas so that you are able to afford your dream dress. Let's face it parents/guardians try their best to do the most for you but sometimes you need to take on responsibility to help out especially if you have your eye set on something high-end. If you are needing ideas to make things more affordable, maybe borrow a dress, check craigslist*, E-bay* or consignment shops. I do offer a payment plan for alterations if you allow enough time. When can talk about this at your first appointment.
I have worked on the above dresses in addition to the brands Allure, Sincerity, Alfred Angelo, Sherri Hill and many more. (I just recently started tracking this.) Some dresses are made exceptionally well while others have their quirks, which most are fixable. If you have a concern on a dress you may send me a picture via email or FB messenger. Please be advised I do not give estimates in this form.
Pictures do not showcase in full detail what may be needed and I believe in giving true estimates that respect both your wallet and the quality of work I like to give. My appointments are FREE and this allows for us to be on the same page with your desired outcome.
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Thank you for allowing me to assist you. Post #3 will be on 11/11.