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Subject: Price of Dresses

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Date Posted: 13:30:48 03/15/01 Thu
In reply to: K 's message, "Dressmakers/Seamstresses" on 15:49:47 03/10/01 Sat

I would like to know what price range people's dresses are. Also in what currency. No need to leave your name unless you want to. My lowest is $550.00 and highest was $1500.

-My daughter recently bought her 1st solo dress. New dresses seemed to run $900 and up with a wait of 6 months or more. Used dresses seemed (to us) to be very over-priced. I think many solo dresses are sold within schools and never make it to the open market. The used dresses we saw were "weird" designs, very worn, unflattering colors, etc. It didn't seem worth it to pay $800 for a design & colors we didn't like, when a new dress is not that much more. (If you are ordering a new dress, keep resale value in mind. Someone else may not want to wear your family crest!) Also, a used dress may need alterations, which can add several hundred dollars to the cost. We finally bought an off-the-rack dress in a classic design for about $600 dollars, which we will probably re-sell within our school.
New school dresses (in the mid-Atlantic) seem to run $400 and up. Our school dress is much less, but it is an elegant design with few colors. Also, I think the school pays for the fabric from dance-out funds and the dancers pay the seamstress. It is definitely less expensive to have a seamstress make the dress (the company that sold us the solo dress said they could not come close to meeting the price of the school dress), but it is difficult to find & keep seamstresses. . I think we're on our 3rd seamstress in less than 3 years. There is tremendous demand for ID dances, but I guess it's not profitable enough to attract providers. I think part of the problem may be that some dance parents are very critical & demanding, and seamstresses decide that it's just not worth it.

--Couldn't agree with you more--I also sew--and will only put dresses together for close friends, or parents that I know well---just because many parents are hypercritical and demanding --if you think competition at dance is bad--try sewing for these moms!

---Definitely agree with your point. Many of these hypercritical parents don't have a clue what is involved in the construction of a dress, and feel that they "own" anyone they have hired to perform a service. I also have limited my sewing, stamping and embroidering of school dresses to people I know well. One woman, after being told her it would take 6 months to hand embroider a dress, became extremely rude and verbally abusive because the dress was not ready in 3 months. She has 4 girls in our school and now has such a reputation among all the seamstresses that no one will make the new style dresses for her daughters.

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Date Posted: 12:15:00 03/06/02 Wed

As a beginner my daughter has been wearing the skirt and blouse thing, but she will have to get a school costume soon. It is made of gabardine with just some celtic knotwork on the front and around the bottom. And it is lined in satin. I have been told that the price of $400.00 is typical. Is that true. That seems so high to me for one dress.

- Ours is $400, sounds very similar.

- Our school dresses (gabardine) are $275, but that's considered cheap.

- Something else to consider is how much embroidery there is in the dress. I tried to work with a school who just had "embroidery" I have a commercial machine, and the embroidery alone took 12 hours to run. Most commercial embroideries charge by the stitch count. The stitches on this particular dress were in the 800,000 range, and the dress cost only 400. Many people do not realize the time that is spent on even a little embroidery, and that is where the cost comes into play. This particular school dress took longer to run than a solo dress for half the cost.

- Ours are gabardine, $375, but very heavily embroidered.

- You should ask your daughter's teacher if there are any used dresses for sale. My school has a gabardine dress w/ embroidery for around $350. I got a used dress for $150. The prices of used dresses will vary depending on who's selling it.

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