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- Seams are neat and even and lie flat.
- Embellishments are sewn on, not glued. Beads, sequins, and pearls are sewn on individually, not in strands.
- Crystals are clear all the way through.
- 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 operate, not just sewn on top of a zipper. Buttonholes are cleanly finished; at the high end, they’re hand-bound to create a frame around the opening.
- The dress feels great when you put in on.



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