I hope this answers some of your questions, but please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

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Why should I choose the Free-Style Dress?

  1. 250+ colors to choose from in a combination of matte and shiny finishes. I will do my best to help you match your ideal color(s).
  2. High quality nylon/spandex fabric that stretches and drapes beautifully, is very low maintenance, and machine washable (in a mesh garment bag). Looks classier than the jersey blends.
  3. Women are not all ONE size, so why settle for one-size-fits-all clothing? I’m 5’11” so I understand the need for custom clothing. All items can be custom-made to your measurements or ordered in basic sizes for convenience.
  4. Flatters all body types. Thick or thin, tall or short. Even looks wonderful for maternity.
  5. Makes a GREAT Bridesmaid dress or Bridal Gown.
  6. I offer quantity discounts when ordering multiple dresses in the same color.
  7. All seams are double needle serged for extra strength and durability.
  8. Wide overlapping straps allow you to easily adjust how modest or revealing you want the dress to be.
  9. Wider & longer straps for larger sized dresses to ensure the best wrapping for all sizes & body types.
  10. Matching bandeau (tube top) is also available. Can be built-in to the dress or separate.
  11. Available in Toddler and Girls sizes too! Perfect for flower girls and Jr bridesmaids.
  12. Mix and match styles and colors to best suit your needs.
  13. Fabric samples are available and the purchase price is refundable if they are returned (who doesn’t like saving a little money?). I will also provide a free large swatch of your fabric upon request (once dresses are paid in full & fabric arrives). www.etsy.com/shop/toFREEyourSTYLE?section_id=12645394
  14. Sample dresses can be purchased to allow you and/or your bridesmaids try out the style before committing. Purchase price is also refundable when returned. www.etsy.com/shop/toFREEyourSTYLE?section_id=12645394
  15. You can either pay for all dresses together to receive quantity discounts or have your bridesmaids pay separately.
  16. Dresses can be shipped together to a single address to save some money, or they can be shipped to separate addresses (Great for bridesmaids that don’t live nearby).

Full payment is required at the time of purchase.

Through my Etsy shop, I accept most Credit & Debit Cards, Paypal, and Money Orders.

For local customers, I can also accept cash or personal checks (there is a $50 fee for returned checks).

Lead times are estimated from the date payment is made and all required information is submitted. I am not responsible for delayed delivery of orders due to late payments. Thank you for your understanding!

I ship mostly with the US Postal Service (USPS). All Priority or Express packages are fully insured & trackable (Priority insurance not available for all countries).

Shipping prices are estimated and may vary depending on your location, the number & weight of items, and insured value. Any additional owed will be invoiced through Paypal. Please contact me with your shipping zipcode/country, number of dresses, and style (long, short, etc.) for a better quote.

Each dress is carefully folded, labeled, and sealed in a reusable plastic bag to ensure it stays clean and safe during shipping.

Within the United States

Priority Mail: 2-3 business days. (FYI: Priority Mail doesn’t cost much more than regular post, but it often arrives quicker, is insured, and is trackable.)

 

To Canada

Priority Mail International: 6-10 business days.
If you would prefer Express Mail (3-5 business days), please contact me for a quote.

Large orders (over $675) ship with USPS Express Mail for proper insurance coverage.

I am not responsible for any potential delays in customs or duties/taxes owed, and sorry, but I do not ship items as a “gift” to avoid duties.

 

All other International

Dresses and larger items ship with International Express Mail: 3-5 business days.

Smaller items (accessories ordered/shipped separate from dresses) are shipped via International Priority (6-10 business day shipping time) to keep costs lower for customers.

I am not responsible for any potential delays in customs or duties/taxes owed, and sorry, but I do not ship items as a “gift” to avoid duties.

 

Local Customers

My Trevillian Station Studio (in Louisa, VA) is open to try on sample dresses, check out fabric colors, and pick up your completed dresses at NO charge!! Please contact me for an appointment and directions.http://www.etsy.com/listing/187756708

And depending on my travel plans, I am willing to deliver dresses or throw a “dress party” to try on dresses. I am often in Charlottesville, northern VA, and driving to Toronto, Ontario. Please contact me with your location and needed time-frame to see if I may be in your area!

I also offer wedding day assistance! http://www.etsy.com/listing/225025587

 

All sales are final for MADE to ORDER items (most items in my shop are made-to-order, unless specified otherwise).

For READY to SHIP items, please contact me with the specific reason you would like to return it, and we will discuss options and potential refund amount (assessed on a case by case basis).

If you are ever dissatisfied with your purchase or feel I may have made a mistake (I am human….), please contact me immediately. I will do everything I can to help rectify the situation.

I do not accept returns or exchanges based on color. Colors do not always display accurately online, so please order fabric samples ahead of time if color matching is important.
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to differences in manufacturer dye lots, your dress color may vary slightly from the swatch provided.

** Fees for more expensive fabric and rush orders are not refundable**

 

Order Cancellations

 

Made-to-Order Items

You may request an order cancellation within 48 hours for a full refund. After this grace period, only a 75% refund will be offered. After your fabric has been ordered, a max refund of 50% may be possible, and once work has begun on the items, a refund is no longer available.

 

Ready to Ship Items

Ready to Ship items will typically ship within 1-3 business days, and orders cannot be canceled once shipped.

 

Missing Size Information

When ordering made-to-measure items, please be sure to include all the necessary size & measurement info as requested in the listing(s). If not, I will attempt to contact you through Etsy and through your email address provided in your Etsy order. If I do not hear back within 2 weeks, your items will be made in the closest basic size available based on the information you provided/ordered.

When should I order the dress(es)?

 

Dress in any of my 16 standard colors ship within 4 weeks.
Dresses in non-standard colors ship within 8 weeks to allow extra time for fabric order.
International Orders: Allow an additional 2 weeks for longer ship times and potential customs delays.

Please allow plenty of time for the dresses to be made and delivered to you before your event date.  If the dress(es) are for a particular event (i.e. wedding), please let me know the date, so I can keep that in mind when making your dresses.

RUSH ORDERS

Rush orders are typically possible, but may depend on how soon you need the items, color availability and my current schedule.  Go here for more details.

What colors are available?

There are 16 colors in my standard color set, but I have over 200 additional colors available in matte and shiny finishes.

To view my color selection, please check out my fabric colors. I work with several separate fabric suppliers in order to expand the color selection available to you. If you need help narrowing down the choices, let me know what color palette you are looking for, and I will be sure to direct you to the best options. Please feel free to send me images or actual samples for me to try to match (mailing address provided upon request).

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Can I order Fabric Color Samples?

Definitely! I HIGHLY recommend this as colors may vary greatly depending on your monitor settings. You can order swatches here. PLEASE NOTE: Due to differences in manufacturer dye lots, your dress color may vary slightly from the swatch provided.

NOTE: The Free-Style Dress is made to order and fabric is bought on a per order basis. Occasionally, some colors may be out of stock or discontinued with my suppliers, therefore I cannot guarantee availability of any fabrics when you place your dress order. If your wedding is several months away, I highly recommend placing your order early so I can order the fabric to secure your color choice. If the color you have selected is out of stock at the time of ordering I will notify you right away if I cannot find a suitable substitute (many colors are available from multiple fabric suppliers).
What kind of fabric do you use?

After experimentation, I have found that a nylon/spandex blend is the best. The fabric I use has plenty of stretch for comfort and drapes beautifully. It is very low maintenance, machine washable (in a mesh garment bag), and dries quickly. It comes in both matte and shiny finish.

Cotton Jersey and Rayon Jersey are available by request only (I do not keep samples in stock, so please allow plenty of extra time). I do not generally use this fabric because it doesn’t tend to lay as nice, holds wrinkles more, and can look “cheap”.

How do I care for the dress?

The fabric I use is pretty low maintenance, but with a couple of pointers, you can keep it looking and feeling beautiful for a long time.

Hand wash or launder in a mesh garment bag (to prevent the straps of the Free-Style Dress from getting tangled) in cool water; hang or lay flat to dry. I do NOT recommend placing dresses in the dryer.

If you have any wrinkles/creases that don’t want to fall out on their own, washing the dress and immediately letting it hang dry tends to do the trick or you can steam the dress. Portable steamers work wonders and won’t harm the fabric like ironing can (if you need to iron, use low heat and place a press cloth between the dress and iron).

What sizes are available?

I now have 4 basic sizes (1, 2, 3, 4), but I can also make the dress(es) to your provided measurements (see next Q&A).

I also offer dresses for Children and Toddlers.

These sizes are approximations only and are not guaranteed to fit the entire size range nicely. For the best fit, order a custom-made dress.

 

sizes & discounts 2015-10-29

 

How do I measure for a Made-to-Measure dress?

measurement info 2015 2For made-to-measure dresses, please provide the following measurements to ensure the best fit possible. Use a flexible tailoring/sewing measuring tape if available. If not, you can perform measurements with a piece of NON-STRETCHY string and then measure the length of string required. For the most accurate measurements, have a friend help and wear tight fitting clothing.

Curvy and pregnant women will likely be more comfortable in the full skirt variation rather than the A-line because the skirt portion has more fabric to prevent any unflattering clinging.

Round all measurements to the nearest inch (centimeters is for reference only – number rounded to nearest cm)

  1. BUST: measure around the fullest part of your bust, be sure to keep the measuring tape level.
  2. EMPIRE WAIST (JUST UNDER THE BUST): measure around your ribcage just under your bust (this is NOT the same as your bra size).
  3. LENGTH: measure from just under the bust (where you measured for the empire waist), down to where the desired hem will fall.
  4. HEIGHT (in feet & inches. i.e. 5’11”): a close approximate of your overall height will be very helpful.

 

Are the dresses suitable for maternity/pregnancy?

YES. Since the dress is generally worn with an empire waist (the “waistband” above the belly and just below the bust), these dresses are great for maternity. The full flowing variations are best suited for maternity because of the extra fabric in the skirt portion. The slender A-line versions have less fabric and are likely to cling to a growing belly in an unflattering way. If you prefer the A-line version for your bridesmaids, just order a full flowing one for any pregnant bridesmaids.

For the length measurement, I suggest adding an inch or 2 to allow for the extra belly coverage (the front hem will be raised slightly depending on how far along they are).

What different Skirt Styles are available on the dresses or as separate skirts?

Each style can be made in any length: top/mini, short, mid, long, x-long, plus any length between!

skirt styles

 

 

Can the dresses be made in two-tone?

Of course! For the Free-Style Dress, you can have the straps in one color and the skirt in another color. www.etsy.com/listing/117243167

You can even add a double layer to add many more wrapping options and even make the dress completely reversible (see next Q&A for more info).

 

 

Can I get a reversible dress?

YES! This is a new option, which is a lot of fun and has so many possibilities!! Please note: additional layers (especially a long skirt) add weight to the dress. www.etsy.com/listing/151544708

Do you offer bandeaus or tube tops to go with the dresses?

I DO! A bandeau (tube top) provides extra coverage and support and allows for more bra friendly wrapping options with the Free-Style Dress.

Dress can be worn with or without the bandeau or it can be worn as a top when the dress is worn as a skirt.

When ordering, please include your color choice along with the following measurements:

  1. BUST: measure around the fullest part of your bust, be sure to keep the measuring tape level.
    Under 30″ (76 cm)
    30-42″ (76-107 cm)
    43-55” (109-140 cm)
    Larger sizes available. Contact me for a quote.
  2. EMPIRE WAIST (JUST UNDER THE BUST): measure around your ribcage just under your bust (this is NOT the same as your bra size).

Do you offer a quantity discount for multiple dresses?

While my dresses are very competitively priced, I do offer a discount on multiple dresses ordered at the same time.

Order dresses all at once and use the following coupon codes when ordering from my Etsy shop for discounts
$300+ USD — 5% off — toFREEyourSTYLE5
$1,000+ USD — 10% off — toFREEyourSTYLE10
$2,500+ USD — 15% off — toFREEyourSTYLE15

If bridesmaids are purchasing individually, all orders should be placed within ONE (1) WEEK to ensure all dresses are made from the same dye lot so that they will all match. Please include Wedding Date, Bride’s Name, and Number of Bridesmaids Ordering.

 

When should I order the dresses?

Dress in any of my 16 standard colors ship within 4 weeks.
Dresses in non-standard colors ship within 8 weeks to allow extra time for fabric order.
International Orders: Allow an additional 2 weeks for longer ship times and potential customs delays.

Please allow plenty of time for the dresses to be made and delivered to you before your event date.  If the dress(es) are for a particular event (i.e. wedding), please let me know the date, so I can keep that in mind when making your dresses.

RUSH ORDERS

Rush orders are typically possible, but may depend on how soon you need the items, color availability and my current schedule.  Go here for more details.

 

How do I proceed with a Bridal Party order?

When you are ready to proceed with your order, you can either order from existing listings in my Etsy shop, or fill out and email my order request form. From the information you provide, I will set up a reserved listing(s) in my Etsy shop with the proper discounts and prices.  I will email you the link so you can purchase the dresses, or forward to your bridesmaids so they can purchase.

I do not order fabric and schedule production until ALL dresses are paid in full and I have all required measurements. Please inform your bridesmaids of this so it does not cause delays in production of your dresses.

 

Can the dresses be shipped to each bridesmaid or do they have to all be shipped to one address?

Whichever is more convenient for you and your bridesmaids!
If shipping to separate addresses, I charge a flat shipping fee for each dress.
Or to save some money, the dresses can all be shipped to the same address. Please send me the shipping zip code (or country for international) for a quote.

You can even ship some of the dresses together to one address, but others to different addresses (perfect for bridesmaids that don’t live nearby). Please send me the zip code(s) & which dresses will be shipped together for any combined shipping.

** Please be sure I have all up-to-date addresses weeks in advance of the expected shipping date (to accommodate early shipments). Not responsible for shipments sent to an old address if new address is not provided in a timely manner.**

 

How do I proceed with a Wholesale order?

When you are ready to proceed with your order, please contact me with the following information:

  • Name of Company (if applicable): ___
  • Name of contact person: ___
  • Phone and e-mail of contact person: ___
  • Desired delivery Date: ___
  • Total # of Dresses: ___
  • Dress Length (mini, short, mid, long, etc.): ___
  • Dress Style (A-line, Full flowing, angled, butterfly, etc.): ___
  • Color(s) (include color name and code on sample): ___
  • # of dresses in each dress style/color/& size: ___

Once all of this information is submitted I can set up a reserved listing in my Etsy shop.

I do not order fabric and schedule production until all dresses are paid in full and I have all required size/measurements.