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How to select your very own prom dress... Prom dresses in Toronto

Time to get ready for your prom? Read on to get an advice that will save you a lot of money, time and stress.

Having been in dressmaking business for more than 20 years, I helped hundreds of young ladies to feel and look great at their prom. Many of them face similar problems selecting their dress. Those problems stem from the lack of experience. You are young and creative, and you likely did not order prom dresses before. You may find it difficult to choose the perfect dress style that truly highlights your best features. Likely, you also have limited time and money.

My advice is simple:
Shop rather than have it custom made. Shop creatively. Use my tips on dress selection.
If choosing prom dress in Toronto or GTA, call (647) 519-6542 or e-mail nina@perfectfitforyou.com and let me help you.

How to select a prom dress. Nina's top 12 tips:

If you want you dress made:

1. Many girls select their dream dresses from the celebrity shows and magazines – and want them custom made. They don’t realize that what looks great on a fashion model may not look as hot on their figure, especially made from different fabric.

2. Making a prom dress means shopping for fabric, lining, trimming, and zipper. If you have never done this before, it may be very time-consuming.

3. It takes several fittings to make a dress. Don't assume that you can provide measurements by e-mail and have a dress made without fittings, you will likely end up calling a dressmaker like me in panic right before your prom to have it corrected.

4. Get your parents involved early. If they are paying for the dress, they will likely want to have their say. Their opinion is often very insightful and helpful for a dressmaker.

5. Go shopping, and try as many dresses as you need to find your perfect one and show it to me. You can also combine features from several dresses and create your own.

6. Talk to a dressmaker before you buy the fabric. Consult a professional to get an honest opinion on the style and fabric. We oftentimes know the best fabric stores in the area. I take my clients shopping and help them select the right amount of quality fabric for a small consulting fee.

Making a custom prom dress under the time pressure, imposed by school and exams, is the most expensive and time-consuming option of all. Consider other options before you go this route. Keep reading.

If you want to buy a dress:

7. Shop. As much as I’d love to make a dress for you, your most reliable option is to buy a dress and let me alter it. Why? Because you will have a chance to try it on and see if you like it. Leave the rest to a dressmaker.

8. Don’t just shop for prom dresses – think creatively. Check out cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and bridesmaids’ dresses. A dress can always be shortened and altered, if the price and look is right.

9. Everyone wants a tight dress to make them look smaller and sexier. When the dress is custom-made for you, this is a given… When you shop, resist the temptation - avoid buying a tight dress. Very rarely it fits you perfectly, and it’s impossible for a dressmaker to save it. It’s better to buy a size or two bigger and have it altered for your figure.

10. Start shopping early, don’t wait till the last minute. When panicked girls hit the prom dress stores in May and June, they are less likely to find a dream dress of their dreams for an affordable price.

11. Shop Online. Though you cannot try the dress, you can always buy it two sizes bigger and let me alter it to fit you like a glove.

12. If you are on limited budget, still go to the stores that are beyond your reach. Why? Try as many styles as you can to find the style that fits you – then shop online for that particular style. You will find that dress that fits your budget, and I will alter it for you.

If you decided to make a dress, e-mail me that picture and I will quote it for you. Come and discuss it with me before you buy the fabric. Avoid disappointments and get directions to the most affordable fabric shops in Toronto.

If you shop for a dress and it doesn’t exactly fit you, remember to buy 1-2 sizes bigger and bring it to me. In one or two days, you will be a proud owner of a custom-fit prom dress.

Don’t add extra stress to your life during your last year at school. Shop early and use my tips to make a right choice.

Call me at (647) 519-6542 to help you get that dream prom dress in Toronto.

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