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April 7, 2008

Design your own dress

Filed under: Fashion,Petite and Plus-Size,Racktastic,Women of Great Height — Francesca @ 8:36 am

Internet friend Carol has written to tell us about Dress By Design, a website where for $189 you can choose from six dress styles, specify what type of sleeves, neckline, hem length, and material you wish, and have them make a dress to perfectly match your personal measurements! Francesca has not tried it and is therefore interested to hear from those readers who have  . . . on the surface this seems like a useful service for the Big Girl who is an unusual shape (eg much larger up top than on bottom or vice versa, or unusually petite or tall) or who simply has little time to shop in stores.

Carol points out that for $40 extra, the company also offers this service:

We will send you a muslin form of the dress style (sleeveless top through the hips) you would like to order. You can pin the form to your exact fit, send it back to us, and then it will be used by the seamstress to make your dress. We’ll keep this on file for any additional orders.

Happy designing!



  1. Much thanks to the Francesca for posting this. The Annalucia has never heard of “Dress by Design” but she is definitely most interested in giving it a try. When she does, she will report back with the results.

    Comment by Annalucia — April 7, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

  2. Francesca says: Thank you Annalucia! You are superfantastic!

    Comment by Francesca — April 7, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

  3. Dress by Design (which showed up on MftB a while back) is also good for brides who are looking for plainer dresses, colored dresses, and brides who want to give their bridesmaids some options. Plus, you can’t beat the price!

    Comment by Never teh Bride — April 9, 2008 @ 9:56 am

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