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About 2017-12-02T15:31:36+00:00

THE PROCESS

The first step to getting your bespoke wedding dress made is to book an appointment to drop in and talk through your ideas. I’ll get an idea of who you are and what you want your dress to look like, do some quick sketches to make sure we’re on the same page and show you some fabric sample folders so I can start to work out which type of fabrics you like.

 

I can then draw up the designs and start fabric sourcing while at the same time drafting the paper pattern and making a toile. This is the mock up version of the dress that you try on for us to check the fit and that the style works on you. Sometimes it’s difficult for you to imagine how it’s going to look from a drawing until you see it so this is a good opportunity to make any design tweaks. Once we’re happy that the waistline is in the right place, there’s the right amount of volume in the skirt and that the neckline is perfect (and any other details) we can look at the fabric samples and see if one of them catches your eye.

We can then alter the pattern accordingly and start the exciting bit of making the dress in the real fabrics. We’ll have another fitting of the dress to decide the placement of any embellishments and to check where the hem needs to finish. We’ll do a final fitting closer to the date of your wedding to check everything is perfect and if there are no alterations then you can take your dress home with you.

For a relaxed process we recommend 6-8 months. If you have less time then that then please get in touch and we’ll see if we can fit you in, however, even in our quieter periods it’s very unlikely that we’ll be able to help if you have less than 6 weeks.

We get booked up quite early for summer wedding dresses so come and see us as early as you can.

“A bit belated, but still SO pleased even months after the wedding. Pearl made my wedding dress for a destination wedding in July. She was brilliant throughout the whole process! From our initial meetings to inviting me to a lace fair to pick out the fabric (and being patient with me looking online and off through like 100 lace options), to the final fittings and recommendations for care and transport. I had an idea of what I wanted the dress to be and was quite specific and particular on areas — but then she also gave very helpful input and direction throughout the process to things I wouldn’t have thought to try. In the end, I ended up with a dress I was very proud of and had SUCH amazing reviews. I know that everyone always compliments the bride, but I felt like the dress got a lot of love. Overall, the process of making my own dress and the high quality/craftsmanship at which Pearl did it made for a very beautiful experience for our wedding.”

SARAH FULTON

“Pearl was absolutely fantastic, understood exactly what I was looking for.I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress but did want something a bit bridal.Pearl even came to look at fabrics with me, I was so pleased with my dress.Highly recommended!”

HILARY SCOTT

“I found pearl online. I was so pleased with my dress. Pearl was sweet and very patient with me, considering I completely changed my mind half way through. The results were absolutely beautiful and I felt a million dollars in my dress, I’m just sad I only wear it once.”

CLAIRE BONNEY

“I found Pearl online after we found out that we were going to have a baby 2 weeks after he proposed. Getting married and finding a dress in 4 months suddenly became problem. Thankfully Pearl was able to design and custom make my dress within the time frame. She was very professional and took in my request and also gave suggestions to improve the design. She also adjusted her normal design process to fit my growing belly, making adjustments all the way 3 days before the big day. The dress was very comfortable allowing me to breathe and move around comfortably on the day. The design was absolutely fabulous that some of my friends didn’t even know I was pregnant!

EUNICE LIANG

“Pearl made my wedding dress and all of my bridesmaids dresses last summer, she did an amazing job and I loved my dress, it was absolutely beautiful. She helped me with everything from choosing the fabric to the detailing on the dresses. She did such a great job on all the dresses, everyone looked incredible on the day. I am so glad I found her and I would highly recommend her to anyone, she is a very talented dressmaker. Thanks Pearl x”

LISA HAMILTON