I made this dress for my daughter who was a very competitive Irish dancer. It was the last dress she wore before retiring, at age 13-LOL!
Typically the dresses are made by professionals and custom designed-pricing is in the $1500-$2500 range. As someone who sews, I did find
the market outrageous. I have purchased 3 dresses for her early in her career, but sought out affordable choices. Irish dance costumes have
evolved so much in the past 8 years and now many moms can create a dress worthy of the competition stage.
This dress was made using a commercial pattern for the bodice, but the skirt I drafted myself. The embroidery was designed and digitized by a woman in another state,but embroidered by a friend on her home machine.
My daughter no longer dances, so I did sell the dress. But I do make the occasional costume and sell them for a very affordable price. Since I work full time, I don't rely on the sale of the costumes to be my main income source.