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Subject: Really that much? Seems too much to me. Especially when dressmakers sell a new one for $900 and complain that the embroidery is the biggest cost. The stiffener can't cost $200 to make!

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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 07:57:36am
In reply to: .. 's message, "I would say if you want it properly stiffened so that it has that shape (most people think soft skirts are actually soft, but they must have stiffener to get the right ID shape) approximately $500. Without stiffener would be less." on Tuesday, January 08, 09:04:05am

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Although embroidery is expensive, it is the skirt construction and fitting that is most labor-intensive part of a dress. If you are just looking to swap out material and the DM can reuse the current skirt base, and you don't care about the skirt/bodice balance, then around $250 is reasonable. If you are looking to have the entire skirt replaced and the dress reworked to have a more modern look, then $500 is a very reasonable price. (NT)DMWednesday, January 09, 08:59:01am

I'm not sure where you are finding these $900 dresses. I imagine that those skirts are not of the type and quality that I am describing. You get what you pay for. If you get a $200 skirt redo from a bridal store, you will get a bridal skirt, not an ID skirt. That may be fine for you, but it is not the same thing. If you want a properly stiffened ID skirt, then it will cost more. (NT)..Thursday, January 10, 12:48:31am

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