Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE DOES D’ITALIA SOURCE ITS FABRIC FROM?
WHO DOES D’ITALIA SPECIFICALLY CATER FOR?
What makes d’Italia’s range so much more unique and exclusive than other quality fabric stores?
The answer to this lies in the fact that d’Italia operates on a completely different basis than all other fabric shops. The fabric available on the shelves is current season stock – NOT old, past seasons, out-dated remnants. As the designer stock is produced in Europe in limited quantities and will never be reproduced, it cannot be re-ordered once sold – so this makes it limited and exclusive.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET NEW STOCK IN?
DO YOU GIVE OUT SAMPLES?
ARE THE OPTIONAL REFERRAL-ONLY DRESSMAKERS/SEAMSTRESSES/TAILORS/COUTURIERS GOOD AND ARE THEY EXPENSIVE?
Considering their work is of the highest standard, their prices are surprisingly reasonable and very much affordable. As they are so heavily booked into the future, they have no need for commercial studios and instead deliberately work from their own private professional studios. As such, their fees are maintained at a very much lower rate than other quality seamstresses in Melbourne who are either on a salary or operating from a shop front, and fees are paid directly to them with no mark-up or commission to d’Italia. Fees charged include the initial consultation, pattern-making, calico mock-ups (where necessary), at least 2 to 3 fittings, and the final finishing.
DO CUSTOMERS NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT STYLE THEY WANT BEFORE MEETING WITH A DRESSMAKER, AND DO THEY NEED TO PROVIDE A PATTERN?
A design is often best left to develop on the body, which is actually what couture is. It is easy for d’Italia’s consultants to calculate know how much fabric is required for a basic design, after which you may request for a referral to a dressmaker. After the making of the garment has commenced, there are many stages where the design can be tweaked along the way – so you will end up with a completely unique and individual style, custom-made for you! Although this requires a fair amount of faith in the dressmaker’s talents, it is the most creative way to make something amazing. After having “settled in” with a seamstress by having had a number of garments made by her in the past, many regular customers eventually trust their dressmaker to help them create styles individually for them. A personal relationship develops between customer and dressmaker – one based on familiarity and understanding…
BESIDES DRESSMAKING AND DESIGN, WHAT OTHER BENEFITS DO YOUR CONSULTANTS AND DRESSMAKERS PROVIDE YOUR CUSTOMERS?
Remember, all the dressmakers/seamstresses are ladies with many years’ experience working with all different shapes and sizes – so they are extremely confident in advising what will flatter your body the most…if you are open to suggestions!
WHAT OTHER SERVICES DOES D’ITALIA PROVIDE?
It is very common for customers to arrive on d’Italia’s doorstep completely discouraged, as they have had no luck finding anything off-the-rack that looks adequate to meet the occasion they are planning for – even if its just simple everyday casual wear. Almost always, d’Italia can help them find the right fabric, adapt a style that would flatter them the most with that fabric, and then refer them if required to an expert dressmaker. It is always easier – and much more fun – than most expect it to be!
WHEN ARE APPOINTMENTS RECOMMENDED?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A GARMENT?
WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES FOR FABRIC AND DRESSMAKING?
Mother of the bride garment/dress 1,500+
Cocktail/formal/evening dresses from 1,500+
Women’s suits from 1,400+
Bridal gowns without French lace, beading or embellishments 2,500 – 3,000+
Bridal gowns with French lace, beading and/or embellishments 3,500+
(varies according to the speciality fabrics chosen)
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Call d’Italia now to arrange a one-on-one private consultation to discuss your requirements and get a costing for your garment. Consultations are obligation free and free of charge.
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