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In this article, I will try to honestly describe all the pros and cons of new custom made and secondhand Irish dance costumes.
Why do I think I have adequate knowledge on this subject?
My name is Margaret. I have been a dressmaker for many years. I help my clients in alterations costumes to their or their children’s figure. I have made six dance costumes in the years 2013-2016, thus fulfilling the dreams of six talented Irish dancers.
In October 2019, I opened a new Celtic Dress Design business. During the coronavirus pandemic in April and May of 2020, my first two costumes were made under the Celtic Dress design brand. In colors consistent with the region of origin of the Green and Red is the Mayo brand.
In the next article, I will tell you about my path, the history of my road to where I am, and about the mistakes I made before starting a business Celtic Dress Design.
It is an exciting time when your child thanks to her hard work and your support, will move on to the next stage and can wear it’s first solo costume during the competition.
There are so many possibilities, so many great designers, both more and less known. All their designs are diverse. They make you dizzy, and you don’t know what to choose. Trends change every year and more and more sophisticated costume patterns are being created.
Designers compete in creativity and create more and more beautiful masterpieces of art decorated with Swarovski crystals so that you or your child can shine on the stage during the competition. The massive market for secondhand costumes is growing every year.
Children overgrow up very fast, so the new costume is needed every year, and it happens more often. Many of us wonder from where can we get money for it.
New costumes are made of the best materials with a great care, with attention to details, tailored to the figure of the dancer.
Costumes with lots of Swarovski crystals can cost from 1000 to even 3000 euro. Often the best solution to start with is to buy secondhand costumes, the price of which is 20% to 60% lower than a new dress, depending on which year they were made.
There are pros and cons to each of these two options.
When choosing a custom- made costume:
• You receive a dress designed especially for you, including the color scheme best for you.
• You get a unique design.
• You decide what the final cost of the dress will be by determining what budget you allocate for Swarovski crystals, or you can also give up Swarovski crystals and choose other crystals from a different brand at a much lower price. At Celtic Dress Design, I prefer Swarovski crystals, but the decision is up to you.
• When choosing Celtic Dress Design you get 10% off on future alterations costume
• If you order a costume in a special offer at Celtic Dress Design, you will also receive 20% off for the next costume. Perhaps the only disadvantage of a custom-made costume is its price and the fact that if you do not know an excellent sewing correction service, you will have to order another one soon, because our kids are growing fast and the costumes are getting too small.
Therefore, as I mentioned before, secondhand costumes are often the best solution to start with.
• their price is from 20% to even 60% depending on the year in which they made.
• Even if they do not fit correctly, it is possible to fit them using the services of a trusted dressmaker.
• is so much to choose from that you are sure to find a beautiful costume for yourself or your child
When deciding to buy a secondhand dress, remember to ask the seller if the costume can be enlarged and lengthened in future tailoring corrections. Why is it important? Because often dresses are sold at a time when these possibilities are no longer available and therefore they are sold because the child has grown out of the dress.
Choose wisely. If you cannot see the dress in person, ask for photos of how your costume looks like from the inside, what is the seam allowance.
Now you will think that since most costumes are sold when they cannot be enlarged, how are you supposed to look at the dimensions to buy the correct size? Most likely it will be assumed that the costume will have to be made smaller one day, if, for example, the seller says that the costume has 26 inches in the waist, your dancer should be about 24-25 inches so that the costume can be reduced and enlarged in the near future if necessary.
These are the realities and I know it from my own experience. I alter my clients costumes until it is possible, and then they think about selling them. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s normal and logical thing when using the costumes.
Often in the description, the seller says that the costume has never been altered. It’s okay if he was its first owner, but if not, you should check it out. Ask the seller if there is any possibility of correcting or maybe it is because he has a rule that he does not correct his costumes but makes another costume. I hope that the content of this article helped you at least a little bit in deciding which way of purchase to choose. If I didn’t mention something that you are curious about, please share it with me in the comments below. I would like all important information to reach the largest possible group of people interested in this topic.
In this article, I tried to include all the knowledge I gained while working for my clients and talking to them about their problems with Irish dance costumes.
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