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Subject: 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.

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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 08:59:01am
In reply to: mom 's message, "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!" on Wednesday, January 09, 07:57:36am

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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

    I don't agree. I am a former bridal alterations seamstress. I learned about the ID "silhouette" by working on these dresses. With pictures of dresses on dancers and the underside of a soft skirt, any skilled seamstress or tailor and create the "look." (more)LynnToledoThursday, January 10, 09:13:06am

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