So I’m sharing a huge secret with you all. My biggest group of clientele are bridesmaids who have had dresses bought for them online.
With online dresses I have noticed a certain pattern of faults in fitting and design that I would like to share.
Firstly when you look at the bra cup shape it is all kinds of wrong. I mean who really wants their boobs to be cupped by padding that looks like a discus rather than the more conventional balconette cup.
Secondly the dress is always either too small or too big. This means huge alterations if your dress is too big and even if it is too small where we might even have to add a panel or let the dress out. Better the dress is too big than too small none the less.
Thirdly the straps are always an odd length meaning you have to get them taken in or let out.
Fourth if there is any beading or fancy techniques you have admired in the design they usually are falling off by the time they reach Australia.
Fifth the hem always has to be altered
Sixth the style may not even sit right because the shape is all wrong and if it does sit right then the style may still be wrong.
Bridesmaid dresses are the things best made by local dressmakers but you have to make sure you can trust your dressmaker before you let them take on your work.
The other thing is you must make sure that the dressmaker has some form of qualification or learnt knowledge. Do not trust any person who thinks that sewing a quilt together or a cushion qualifies them to make bridesmaid dresses. God forbid you let them make your wedding dress. Ask to look at prior examples of their work before investing yourself financially in their business and wasting valuable time.