Custom Special Occassion Dress
Custom Special Occassion Dress
**This listing is not actually for purchase. The dresses pictured are examples of what a Custom Special Occassion Dress can look like. Prices shown reflect the low and high end of what a Custom Special Ocassion Dress can cost based on materials and styling selected.**
Special Occasion dresses can take on many forms. I do many of the classic full skirted, button back style of dress, ideal for a flower girl or wedding guest. I also make cotton dresses suitable for school picture day or school concerts. A full circle skirt for maximum twirling and spinning is one of my favorite additions. For a skirt outfit, I will sometime purchase a higher quality t-shirt or sweater and embellish them to match the skirt we have created.
Fabric choices can be as simple as a lovely cotton voile or satin, with a bit of glitter. There is also the option to work with me to select unique prints from American artists printed in small quantities in North Carolina. The prints featured in the dresses here use those prints. These makes incredibly special dresses, but do add to cost for this unique fabric.
These styles are all made to exacting standards of construction with full linings, quality fastenings and beautiful embellishments. And of course my “Fairy Godmother Guarantee” means I am here to help fix any snags or pulls that can happen in active play.
I make the garments as generously as possible to leave room to grow, but of course fit is more of an issue that with other styles. So we will be careful to try on fit samples and ensure that the fit is right before making anything.
If your child is interested in a dress style that is not in my collection we can certainly discuss options for creating new patterns and styles. Depending on the level of newness there may be some additional cost due to the need to create new patterns. Also an interim fitting may be required.
About this dress:
This gown is a unique combination of specialty fabrics. It was made using yards upon yards of fabric to create fullness and to accentuate the “spin factor” that girls love. This gown was hand crafted in my studio in Maine. It takes me several days to make each one, beginning with shirring the yards and yards of fabric that go into the many skirt layers. Once the base of the dress is made, I spend hours selecting and hand sewing the specialty trims, lace, ribbons, beads, etc that provide the sparkling finishing touches.
The dress is constructed to “grow” with it’s owner. Elastic in the straps and back of the bodice back mean that this dress will fit her for several years.
Dresses are fully lined and fully finished with a dress-maker’s quality of detail. There are no buttons or snaps to frustrate little fingers, just an easy sash to tie in the back (or front!).
My gowns are made with generous amounts of fabric and elastic at strategic points of growth so that they can be worn for many seasons.
They are made on the long side so that they may sweep the floor when they are first worn (or for shorter girls) or may hit mid-calf later on.
Measurements below are approximate BODY MEASUREMENTS of the child, not the dress.
Size XXS (2T)
Chest: 16-18”, Height 32-35”
Size XS (3T)
Chest: 18-20”, Height 35-39”
Size SM (4-5 Years)
Chest: 20-23”, Height 39-44”
Size MD (6-7 Years)
Chest 23-26”, Height 44-49”
Size LG (8-9 Years)
Chest 26-29”, Height 49-54”
(Baby sizes are also available, please inquire)
Please message if you have any questions or would like further information or measurements. If you are not sure of sizes please send me child’s measurements and I will help you find the right size.
Please note that in most cases the dress you order will be made to order for you. I will make the dress according to my patterns and measurements, if you wish to order a size other than what I offer please contact me about a custom order.
Special Gift Packaging:
The finished gowns are carefully nestled into a deluxe gift box, amidst a nest of delicate tissue paper. The box is done up with sparkly, shiny ribbons. It will arrive to you ready to be presented as her favorite gift. Included in the box is a custom wooden dress hanger for her to keep her dress on and a keepsake gift card detailing for the special girl the custom gown was made for and who it is from. No detail is spared in the presentation.
Peace of mind:
This dress is an investment. I want you to feel confident in your purchase, so know that all of my gowns come with my “Fairy Godmother Guarantee”.
“Fairy Godmother Guarantee”
I want the girls who receive my gowns to feel comfortable to play to their hearts’ content in my creations. While I construct my gowns to last, they are made from delicate materials and we know that accidents happen while children are happily at play.
I will endeavor to repair any of my gowns should they ever become damaged from normal wear and tear during play, spinning or general highly active princess behavior. I am happy to take a gown back to my shop and bring back the magic. All I ask is that the customer ship the gown to me and I will pay the return shipping.