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Where to find a good dress maker in Canberra?

By Katydid - 24 April 2009 28

So I’m engaged. Which apparently comes with a few things other than a pretty ring – namely the responsibility of planning a wedding. Which comes with a few responsibilities in of itself – like a dress. Really, this association string can go on forever.

Does anyone have the name(s) of good dressmakers (seamstresses? Can you still say that?) in and around the area? I don’t mind travelling for quality.

Thanks!

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Where to find a good dress maker in Canberra?
ant 4:49 pm 24 Apr 09

Deezagood’s advice FTW.

Holden Caulfield 4:30 pm 24 Apr 09

+2 to deezagood’s advice.

deezagood 4:18 pm 24 Apr 09

But order a ‘birthday cake’ and stick wedding stuff on top later (if you must!) – so much cheaper!

deezagood 4:16 pm 24 Apr 09

http://www.cakesofyourdreams.com.au/cakes.php

And I know you didn’t ask about cakes – but these guys are just fabulous!!!

Katydid 4:14 pm 24 Apr 09

deezagood said :

Katy – from experience, I would advise you that anything associated with weddings tends to be 10 times the cost

Thank you for the advice. We’re finding that out ourselves as we go along – especially as we’re planning quite a low-key wedding (just a barbecue/picnic reception in a backyard!) and every wedding professional we speak to wants to ‘luxe’ it up!

deezagood 4:10 pm 24 Apr 09

Katy – from experience, I would advise you that anything associated with weddings tends to be 10 times the cost; for example, a gorgeous cake made for a birthday will cost $150.00, the exact same cake, with the word ‘wedding’ added, will be several hundred. A dry cleaned formal or ball dress might cost $70.00, but the exact same dress in white will cost several hundred. Same goes with flowers, catering and dress-making. So – my advice to you is this:

* Go to a good quality fabric shop and ask the sales people for their recommendations of excellent formal dress makers
* take your pattern and suggested fabric to the said dressmakers and get some quotes – without mentioning ‘wedding’ – just say, quite truthfully, that the dress is for a ‘formal occasion’
*select the dressmaker that you like the best and gives a decent price again – without mentioning the ‘W’ word – seal the deal.
When it comes time to make your dress, if you are traditional and select white/ivory obviously they will know that your dress is for a wedding, but it will be too late for them to sting you with the extra $500.00 that they may have charged if they had known that your dress was for a wedding.

You can apply this tact for your cake and flowers too; and save yourself enough to go on a really great honeymoon!!!

realityskin 4:04 pm 24 Apr 09

Kathryn Lemin
94 Badimara St Waramanga ACT 2611
ph: (02) 6288 6169

8 bridesmaid dresses for two friends weddings.

A1

GnT 3:58 pm 24 Apr 09

Don’t forget to remember to plan for your marriage …

misspris 3:26 pm 24 Apr 09

Hanna Coady
(02) 6282 5526

I can highly recommend her.

Katydid 3:18 pm 24 Apr 09

Inappropriate said :

Can ya wait until the next Bridal Expo? They come out of the woodworks then.

Any idea when that is? We’re getting married in October, so we only have six months…

Inappropriate 3:13 pm 24 Apr 09

Can ya wait until the next Bridal Expo? They come out of the woodworks then.

niftydog 3:08 pm 24 Apr 09

Mrs Nifty used Nocturne Designs in Bougainville St Manuka. I highly approved!

Pommy bastard 2:59 pm 24 Apr 09

(seamstresses? Can you still say that?)

It very much depends on whether you’re a Teryy Pratchett fan or not…

G-Fresh 2:53 pm 24 Apr 09

Linda Gorringe, Melbourne

emd 2:42 pm 24 Apr 09

There’s a really good one in Bungendore for wedding dresses. But you need to book 12 months in advance.

Or you could check out the woman who has a stall at Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday – Neet Designs I think. She does wedding and formal dresses.

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