If you have read our article “BALLROOM DRESS BUYING GUIDE” and have decided that CUSTOM MADE DRESS is better option for you then READY TO WEAR or SECOND HAND you can now follow those steps.
Before you start using search engine, grab a piece of paper, where you can write down all-important information about each dressmaker. It will be very handy once your list starts growing.
Later you will use that list to compare the dressmakers and pick your favorite.
STEP ONE: FIND AND CHOOSE RIGHT DRESS-MAKER
When you start browsing the Internet look for:
- Companies with at least 5 years of experience in dressmaking
- Pick dressmakers that have been online for at least 3 years (check domain name age for verification, CLICK HERE)
- Choose company making their own dresses rather than reseller (you will save 20 to 30%)
- Enquire about quality of fabrics and fabric suppliers
- Ask about quality of stones, (Korean, Swarovski, Preciosa)
- STAY AWAY from companies upgrading cheap dresses (read more on this)
STEP TWO: CHECK TERMS AND POLICY
- What is the return policy?
- Is there a FIT guaranty?
- Quality guaranty?
- Satisfaction guaranty?
Make note of it.
STEP THREE: CHECK IF IT IS EASY TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR DRESSMAKER AND DESIGNER
Process of designing and creating your new dress should to be nice and smooth.
Your dressmaking company should facilitate easy and direct communication with their designer. You should be able to discuss ideas for your dress not only by email, but also on the phone or Skype.
The greatest benefit of custom-made dress is that it’s designed and created especially for you. Take full advantage of it by working one on one with the designer.
Make sure the designer has ballroom dance experience. Good designer will work with you during whole process of creating the dress, choosing the best style and look for your body shape and size, picking colors that go the best with for your skin and hair, and even designing the dress that will hide your technical weaknesses and expose strengths as a dancer.
Even if you have a clear picture of what you want, it’s a good idea to get second opinion from a professional.
STEP FOUR: TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS
It’s important that you give correct and precise measurements to your dressmaker
Always double-check your measurements. If you take them yourself have someone else to measure you as well. Compare them to make sure they are accurate.
Use detailed size chart instead of basic measurements (your dressmaker should provide you with size chart that has at least 15 different measurements)
Check if your dressmaker is using special, adjustable mannequins ( working with regular mannequins makes difficult to get perfect fit)
STEP FIVE: GET INFORMATION ABOUT PAYMENT, TAXES, SHIPPING COSTS AND EXTRA CHARGES.
Before placing an order you should know the TOTAL COST of your dress including tax, shipping and extra charges.
Discuss accepted forms of payment and choose one that works for you. PAYPAL is one of the most popular online payments and its safe. There might be extra charges for using this service.
Bank transfer is also popular and safe form of payment, and has smaller charges.
STEP SIX: READ TESTIMONIALS
If you still can’t decide on dressmaker you should read testimonials on heir website. You can also ask for references from customers who already have bought dresses.
If you have followed above steps getting a positive response, you should be fine now to make a good and safe purchase.