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How does Teresa design a dress for me?
It begins with a phone call.
Teresa speaks personally with each new client to discuss age, dance/skate level, hair color, skin tone, body shape and size as well as your personal fashion taste. Be prepared for a fun, interesting series of questions.
Next, Teresa sends you an email with a dozen or more dress photos requesting you indicate which styles you like and which you don’t like. (This is an excellent way for her to get a visual representation of fashion styles you discussed during the phone call.)
Once the fact-finding mission is complete, Teresa creates three different color sketches incorporating the design ideas you mentioned you like as well as elements that will flatter your body shape and size.
You receive the sketches in the mail along with a self-measuring chart, fabric swatches and any materials (such as feathers, fringe or rhinestones) that pertain to your sketches.
Lastly, you have the difficult decision about which sketch you like best. Many times has Teresa heard, “I don’t know which sketch to choose! You gave me all my favorite ideas!”
Do I have to come to Teresa for a fitting?
If you live in the Pacific NW and would like to come for a personal fitting (or two), you are welcome to do so. However, if you live far away – not a problem.
Teresa is accustomed to working with clients from Canada and the U.S., most of whom she has never met. She has dress-fitting down to a science – literally.
Teresa ships the dress to you for a fitting when it’s about 60% finished. She includes fitting instructions as well as safety pins and everything else you need to do a successful fitting. She also recommends taking photos of yourself in the dress.
You return the fitted dress to Teresa along with any comments photos noted during the fitting. She completes it and you receive the finished dress a few weeks later.
Perhaps only 1 of 100 long-distance clients have ever needed a second by-mail fitting or needed alterations after the dress was finished.
How long will it take to make my new dress?
It takes 6-8 weeks from the initial phone call discussing your needs to when you receive the completed dress ready for a show or competition.
It’s always a good idea to begin early just in case there are unexpected delays in fabric shipments or other items.
When estimating your delivery time, allow an extra week so you have a few days to rehearse in the new dress.
How much does a custom dress cost?
The exact prices vary depending on the complexity of the design and the amount of rhinestones on the dress. You receive personal price quotes in your sketch package.
However, here are the current prices for the average top-of-the-line, competition-ready dress.
Standard & American Style Ballgowns (including C/W waltz): $3200 – $4200 Latin / Rhythm / Skate dresses: $2900 – $3800.
Prices are reduced by about 1/3 to 1/2 if you wish for a dress with no rhinestones.
How and when do I pay?
A 50% deposit is required to begin the dress. The remainder, as well as shipping and handling, are due when the dress is finished, but before it is shipped.
Checks, Cashier’s Checks and Visa / Mastercard are accepted.
How do I get started?
Email Teresa directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to tell her a little about yourself, the date you wish to wear your new dress along with your phone number. Photos of you in street clothes or in one of your existing dresses is helpful.
Teresa will email or call you to begin the design process.
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