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.