China is such a great place to source that special dress! The price is to die for! andi can’t even buy the material for that cost… BUT… there is sometimes a down side which keeps us busy… The fit! and even the quality of fabric?
Recently a very sweet workmate of mine was invited to be a bridesmaid at her besties wedding. The bride-to-be chose a gorgeous bridesmaid dress from an online shop (China).
The design of the dress was great but the fit… ummm not to good! Lucky they seem to always be too big! Great for the dressmaker as a re-cut is easy, as is the hem.
I guess the warning is to be prepared to spend some extra money on a garment to ensure a perfect fit. Problems fixed included: Re-hem lining and overskirt, adjust yoke as was not sewn in straight, adjusted ruche under arms to reduce bulge, re-fashioned sash to be ruche at front and flat through the bow and tails, removed belt loops from sides as were set too high and not required. The bridesmaid dress is just as important as the brides dress (ask any bridesmaidzilla!) even though it maybe worn only once… the photography lasts forever!
The quality of the fabric can also be a let down at times too! So be aware and remember to add a few dollars for alterations.
The saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is so true, and that feeling of disappointment when you try on that ill fitting garment for the first time leaves a bitter taste… don’t lose hope… just call your local dressmaker!