Average Cost of Making a Dress?
One of my best friends asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, a fact I completely love, but I cannot, unfortunately, afford $150-$175 for bridesmaid dress and shoes right now.
One idea I had was to have my mother make my dress. Other than being a solid pattern, the color she wants, knee length and preferably short sleeved, the idea is to have the dress flatter the girl and not have every bridesmaid wear the same ones.
Depending on fabric, would it be cheaper to make a dress than to buy one? Or should I bite the bullet and just put it on my credit card (which I'm loathe to do)?
What is the average cost? I'd like to have it as a dress I can wear more than once, such as to work or to more formal social event.
ETA: The average consensus seems to be leaning toward buying a dress from ebay or a cheaper store and having it altered or going off the rack with it. I think I will probably go that route.
I don't want to get down to the wire and not have a dress if something comes up and she's already doing the bride's dress so I want her to be able to focus on that.