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Custom Dresses

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Custom Dresses 2017-09-18T10:51:20+00:00

Tracy’s Custom Dress Making

Do you want help designing your own clothing or want something special made? I can do it! I have been making vintage-inspired custom order dresses for people for over a decade. All seams are professionally sewn and tailored just for you.

Here’s how it works: Sizing for sewing is not the same as sizing for ready-made clothing. We will need you to go to a seamstress, or come to me if you are local, and get measured. We will need your bust, waist, hips and height for a basic dress. More complex dresses may need more measurements.

We want to make sure you get exactly what you want, so you pick, buy and ship me your selected fabrics. Below are links to online fabric shops that will mail the fabric directly to us. Once we receive the fabric we will email you confirmation of your correct measurements and exact details about what we will be making for you. We rely on communication to match you with your perfect garment so this is important.

Turn around time usually depends on the season. Wedding season (April – June & September/October) can be really busy and may require a 6 week turn-around. Most dresses, from time of payment and receiving the fabric, take 2-3 weeks depending on current work load. We will let you know how long it will take to create your custom-made clothing at the time of order.

We have a simple contract for you to review, sign, and pay a deposit.

Need alterations, up cycled gowns or a conciliation?

Contact Tracy about a custom order request in the form below.

Reviews

Leslie M~
Tracy recreated an old dowdy looking wedding dress into something retro chic & exactly what I wanted. I had last minutes alterations to take it in & changing of my mind here & there but she was fantastic through it all. Her prices are fair & she’s a doll to work with. I would definitely recommend her to all of my friends. Thank you Tracy for helping make my wedding day exactly how I dreamed it would be!
Katey~
Tracy is AMAZING. She took a piece of concept art, and made it an absolute reality. Her prices are more than reasonable, and she is the sweetest.She is professional, and quicker than you wouldn’t believe! She had a completely custom made vest finished in a week, and charged a perfect amount.If you’re a cosplayer, or want something very unique made here, go to her because she can make your dream a reality without breaking the bank. We shall only come to her from now on. This is an amazing woman!
Angela~
A pleasure to work with! Tracy created a custom Gaston costume for my son. The costume is adorable, it fits perfectly, and is very well constructed. He was so excited to receive it he slept in it his first night having it! I will definitely call Tracy again for future work. Highly recommend!
Christine~
Tracy did a fantastic job designing and sewing a casual dress for me to wear in my art studio. Love her and her work.
Wendy~
Love, love, love working with Tracy! She cares about and delivers quality craftsmanship with quick turnaround. Highly recommend her for your sewing needs!
Jane~
I asked Tracy to duplicate a favorite coat. She agreed, told me how much fabric she would need and gave me a fair price. After several fittings and some adjustments the coat was mine! I couldn’t be happier.
Mark~
Tracy did great job on my Star Wars Royal guard robes.
Diane~
Tracy just made me a beautiful custom chiffon dress, and I am so happy with the entire experience!From start to finish, she made the process completely stress-free on my end. I’m thrilled with her work, and intend on getting many more dresses made. I’ve already bought quite a bit of fabric and am brainstorming what I want next; I wouldn’t blame her if she told me to slow down at some point…but now that I know what she can do, the sky’s the limit!I recommend her 100%.
What Do I Need To Know?

Fabric, sizing, buttons, zippers—working on your dream dress can be overwhelming. Tracy has made it easy for you by gathering all her favorite dress components to help in your search for the perfect custom dress. Please click on the tabs to view Tracy’s favorite links and important information to get you started.

Custom Dresses When building your garment there are a lot of things to consider. The world of color and fabric is at your finger tips. Pick colors and fabrics that support your lifestyle, personal taste and that you connect with. Keep in mind what colors look best on you and that fabric prints don’t look the same from afar as they may look up close (green and purple stripes look brown from a distance). Remember when you begin building your color theme it is much like decorating a room or painting a scene, do not be afraid ask a professional to help you find something that you love. You can be, bright and stylish, playful with color, modern vintage mixup, simple and modern, cool with low key tones, rustic, edgy, traditionally elegant or casually cool. It’s your body to celebrate!
Custom Dresses Buying your fabric can be tricky, I totally understand this. Once we agree on the pattern I will let you know the suitable fabrics and how much you will need. You can order fabric online and have it shipped directly to me.

Here are a few of the places others have ordered from with success.
Mood Fabric, warning you may go nuts in here!
Fabric.com, they have everything
Promenade Fine Fabrics, last couture fabric shop in the south
Through the Ages Fabrics, Natural Silks in Dayton, Ohio
Emma One Stock, Designer Fabrics
B & J Farics, OO La La
Marcy Tilton, Fabric priced and sold by the half yard
Sew Vagabond, Providing apparel knits fabrics, home decor fabrics and trims to other aspiring fashion designers and home sewers
Cali Fabrics, Family owned and operated since 2011
Haberman Fabrics
Conscious Elegance , organic hemp, silks, cottons and eco friendly too.

Silk Road Textiles in Cincinnati, world fabrics, fashion fabrics, unique fabrics

 

Custom Dresses Here is some extra sizing info I’ve picked up from sizing history in the world of garment making. Big Box pattern sizing has remained the same since 1972. These patterns include brands like Simplicity, Butterwick, McCalls, Vogue, Kwik Sew and New Look. These patterns have not been vanity sized to todays ready made clothing. In 1972 there was no size zero, let alone “000.” Big Box patterns have been set to a size standard that is regulated by a few specific measurements of the body and start at 8. This is why we must have accurate measurements to make your garment fit correctly. Big Box patterns give exact finished measurements and traditional sewing methods are generally used.

Indie patterns can be quite different in sizing. Some sizing may very as these patterns are made by real designers and have no “set” sizing standard. With Indie patterns we must go by measurements as well. Indie patterns can have sizes from 0-24. They give us the wonderful opportunity to shop independent from real people and the chance to learn new techniques. I love both Indie patterns and Big Box patterns alike.

Custom Dresses Price Estimates~

Cotton Dresses start at $200
Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses start at $500
Basic Flat Curtains $50 per panel 50″x 103″
Prom Dresses $350 and up (I will need confirmation from the parents and a signed contract)
The cost of your custom-made clothing will depend on the complexity of the pattern and embellishments that are required.
I work quickly and accurately and will charge you for the time, attention and care that goes into making something professionally by hand

Let’s Get Started!

To get started call (937) 668-8108 or send an email to tracysews@gmail.com. Please provide your name, phone number and any information that you have ready.