This may be a daft question, but is it possible to make a dress using another as a pattern? What I mean is, I have just found in a charity shop a very simple yet lovely dress that fits PERFECTLY, and theres no brand label or anything to indicate where it came from and I would love another in a different colour or print. If I gave the dress and some more material to a dressmaker would he/she be able to reproduce it? And roughly roughly how much would it cost?
My mother does this all the time. If she has something she really likes, she unpicks it and uses the pieces as a pattern template. This is particularly good if you find a pair of trousers that fit you well.
A friend of mine has recently found a dressmaker who has said she can do this - we are both planning to bring things into her and get a costing.
A relative of mine makes clothes and she charges quite a lot but she designs from scratch - you describe what you want and she comes up with a design - she also sources the material - she charged another relative about £150 to design and make a dress but said she would have charged someone else double that amount. I suspect it's hugely variable and will depend on complexity/time needed etc.