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Before making a decision based on the look of a gown, you should also evaluate its quality. Use the following checklist to determine if a particular dress is well made.

- Seams are neat and even and lie flat.

- Embellishments are sewn on, not glued. Beads, sequins, and pearls are seen on individually, not in strands.

- Crystals are clear all the way through. (Rhinestones have a dark backing and can appear black in photos).

- The dress is properly lined, so that a scratchy crinoline isn’t touching bare skin.

- Zippers are hidden and glide smoothly.

- The inside of the dress looks completely finished, with no raw seams.

- Fabric is matte or lustrous, but not shiny.

- With a structured gown, the corset should be built in and boned; if it’s strapless, the boning should run the length of the bodice.

- A ball gown hem should be lined with horsehair so it appears to be rolled under instead of stitched - this gives body and structure to the skirt.

- Buttons are operable, not just sewn on top of a zipper. Buttonholes are clearly finished; at the high end, they’re hand-bound to create a frame around the opening.

- The dress feels great when you put it on.

 

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