Monday 1st May, 2017

Envious Fashions: Custom Made Formal Dresses & Bridal Gowns Perth

When it comes to a special occasion we all want to look our very best in a gown that is gorgeously unique and affordable but sometimes it can be quite hard to find both online and in a storefront. If you’ve stumbled upon this blog post, you’ve come to the right place in getting that beautiful, head turning and wow gown for your special occasion.

Who are we?

Envious Fashions is a local Perth business specializing in all custom made dresses such as formal and evening dresses, bridesmaid dresses and bridal/wedding gowns. We are one of the few small businesses in Perth that offer custom made gowns, made locally in house, amazing fabric quality at very reasonable prices. We started off as a fast fashion women’s fashion store in late 2011 but found after a couple of years there was no shortage of new and emerging fast fashion brands and companies. There was however a gap in the market for beautiful, unique and affordable formal dresses, gowns and bridal wear, especially when it came to custom made dresses and gowns. So we decided to move forward as a special occasion wear and formal custom made boutique.

What kind of custom made dresses do we do?

We specialize in formal wear, special occasion, bridesmaid dresses and bridal custom made gowns. We have different seamstresses who are proficient with different dress styles and types. Our seamstresses have over 15-25 years’ experience in custom made styles so your dress is in good hands!

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Custom made formal dresses, evening gowns, bridesmaid dresses

How long would it take for a custom dress to be made?

The lead time to make your custom made dress varies depending on many factors such as;

  • The intricacy of the dress style you require. If there is a lot of detailed work, beading, embellishments and appliques layering then obviously this would take longer as all our work is done by hand.
  • The time it takes to source the materials of your custom made dress. For example; if you’re wanting certain beading types, jewels, pearls and fabrics such as specific lace designs, we would need a bit of extra time to source this for you.
  • Our current bookings and production schedules so this depends on season and how busy our work production is.

Generally speaking, a simple gown would take between 30-40 days (approximately 1-1.5 months) to complete, a gown that is moderately detailed takes between 50-65 days (approximately 1.5-2.5 months) and a very detailed or heavily beaded gown is estimated for a 3.5-4 month completion date. We can determine the estimated lead time it will take to complete your custom gown when you show us a picture of the dress you would like made (even before we meet for an appointment). If you do decide to go ahead and make a first appointment with us for measurements and confirming your custom formal dress details, we can advise you of exactly how long it will take.

Custom made wedding dresses require a lead time of at least 3 months from the date of order to be finished. 

How much does it cost for a custom made gown?

We do not have a “set” price for custom made dresses because each dress is different and being custom, customers want very specific details and requirements so the cost will reflect the amount of work involved accordingly. We can provide a quote for you when you send us a picture/photo of the dress you would like custom made. If you’d like a few changes to the dress, that’s no problems and we can discuss this in further detail.

Generally, a simple style chiffon or polyester spandex material custom made long evening/formal dress with minimal beading starts around $265. These formal dresses are a very popular choice for bridesmaid dresses.

For custom made wedding dresses, prices start from $399.00 for a simple style and will vary depending on the complexity and detailing of the dress material and embellishments. We do pride ourselves in offering very affordable and reasonable custom made wedding dress prices. We can accommodate for different budgets but commonly, our custom design wedding dresses are priced below $1,300! Now this is an absolute bargain price for a custom and handmade wedding gown.

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If I bring in a picture of a dress, can you replicate it exactly like it?

It really depends on the style of the dress. In many instances we can make the custom dress to 95% of the original style design however if the original dress is very intricate with patterns, material, lace, beading and embellishments, we can’t guarantee that it will be one for one of the original. The reason being every seamstress and dressmaker is very unique with their talent and abilities and to make it exactly the same as the original is a very difficult feat; however we can likely get close design wise.

Can I make changes to my custom dress? What if I change my mind?

We welcome and encourage you to go through different dress styles, pick out the features that you like and discuss with us how to merge all these featured elements together. You are free to make as many revisions to your custom made gown details prior to signing the confirmation custom order form as your agreement and acknowledgement that all the design details, specifications and instructions are correct. After this, you will not be able to make any amendments to the style, colour or details of your custom made dress as we have started the dressmaking process of your custom gown.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer you a refund, exchange or credit for your custom made dress if you simply change your mind.

Will I have fittings in between the dressmaking process?

We do not currently offer fittings in between the dressmaking process. We will make your custom made dress according to the details and specifications as outlined in our discussions at the appointment.

What if I require alterations when I receive my custom made dress?

Most of the time, our customers find that their custom made dress fits them perfectly however in the event that you need a bit of alteration such as the length of the dress taken up, the side of the dress taken in a little or extended a bit, we have in house tailors that are able to make the alterations as required (small additional charges apply).  As the custom made dress process takes several months, some people either lose or gain a bit of weight but our custom made dresses are specifically made to accommodate these body changes and allows for easier alterations.

If you’d like to discuss about your custom made formal dress, bridesmaid dresses or a wedding gown, please get in touch with us here. We look forward to hearing from you and work together to create your beautiful custom made dress!

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