Frequently Asked Questions About Custom Made Dresses
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I am nervous about having a dress made as I can’t try it on before buying it. What happens if I don’t like my dress when it is finished?
We are trained in fashion design and have experience working with lots of different body types. We can look at the drawing, the fabric swatch and your body and can visualize the final result. Our process is designed to help you visualize the final result as much as possible. We have many photos and sample dresses in our studio that we can use to illustrate certain silhouettes, details, fabrics and colour combinations. The first fitting (mock) is so important as it is your first preview of how the dress will look on your body. You will also have your dress on 2-3 more times before it is completed so it will in no way be a surprise.
Do you have dresses I can try on?
We don’t currently have a ready-to-wear collection, but we do have our samples that we use for fashion shows, photo shoots etc. We currently have about 50 wedding gowns ranging in size from 2-8. Photos of all of our samples can be seen in the images section of our website.
I need a dress next week, can you help me?
Possibly! We do sell our samples if there is a style you like and it is in your size or is alterable to your size. We also may be able to help you if you would still like something made. Let is know your situation and we will try our best to help you!
How much does a dress cost?
At pure something clothing co. we strive to ensure that you get exactly what you want. Each design process is as unique as your custom-made garment, and variations in style details, fabrics, and time constraints can lead to differences in price. We understand that everyone is working with a budget of some sort, and we are happy to make style suggestions and offer fabric choices that work as best as possible with your budget.
Does it cost less to have a dress made than buying it from a store?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It is difficult to compare between the two because there are so many styles of dresses and so many designer names to compare with. Our dresses are all made locally in our own studio so it is difficult for us to compete with companies with huge manufacturing operations. We welcome you to book a free consultation to discuss your ideas and your budget.
Do you do alterations?
Time permitting, we will do alterations if you already have your dress. We also can help you if you are looking for major alterations, for example you would like to wear your mother’s/sister’s/friend’s dress but it’s not quite your style…
How long does it take?
Most wedding planners suggest shopping for your dress 6 to 9 months before your wedding date. This gives our designers enough time to do necessary research, find fabric samples, and design a truly unique garment to suit your personal style. However because we construct the dresses locally in our downtown Vancouver studio, shorter time frames are welcomed, and can be discussed by contacting us.
My bridesmaids are all different body types, but we want them to all look good. Can you accomodate this?
From Flower Girl to Bridesmaid to the Bride herself, we strive to ensure that every member of your bridal party looks great. During the consultation process, we will show you what your unique design will look like across various different dress sizes. Alternatively, we can design a coordinating set of dresses that flatter each girl’s unique body and personality that will also look consistent in your group photos.
I have my own fabric. Can you use it?
We are happy to look at the the fabrics you have and tell you if they are suitable for the type of dress you are looking for. In the event that they cannot be used, we will happily suggest other fabrics for you and attempt to find them.
I have a picture from a magazine. Can you copy it for me?
During our consultation process, we are happy to look at pictures of items you may like. While we will use them as inspiration for your unique garment, we will not copy other designers’ dresses.