How to design your 'perfect' dress
First of all its nice to meet, and have a chat and a coffee (or herbal tea ...or maybe even a gin if thats what's required?) To do this, you just have to give me a call. You can come here, or I may even be able to come to you...
You may have a strong idea of what you want, or you may be feeling totally lost. Either way, not a problem. We can talk about styles, look at some dresses - what really works is to look at some of your favourite clothes and talk about why you love them. These can be anything at all - inspiration comes from unexpected places! And what better way can there be to ensure that our final design is completely and honestly YOUR perfect dress..?
We can also consider your dress' future - do you want to be able to wear it again in a different context? After the wedding you may like it to be shortened or dyed, or perhaps a separate layer of skirts is the answer so it can easily become a little more understated.
By the end of the consultation we will have discussed fabrics, doodled some designs and taken some measurements.
Once we've worked out the design, I will make a toile (a cotton mock-up). This is to check that the design is going to work for you and that the fit is right. It often requires a number of fittings to get this exactly right, sometimes up to five, so be prepared to make space in your diary!
During the process of perfecting the toil we will also finalise fabric choices from a range of samples I will source for you.
So one we've perfected the toile the work on the actual dress begins.
I will cut and sew the dress almost to completion before meeting again for a final fitting. Now we will check the placement of fastenings, hem lengths etc. It is best to do this a couple of weeks before the wedding, particularly if you are prone to weight fluctuations!
Your finished dress can be posted to you or collected in person ...and then you can finally GET MARRIED!! in a dress that you can be totally confident is truly you in design and perfect in fit.
Bespoke dresses start at about £1000. The cost of your bespoke dress will depend on your style and fabric choices. Complicated designs or those that require more fabric will inevitably cost more. I prefer to charge by the hour but I should be able to give you an estimation of the cost at, or soon after the first meeting. 30% of this estimation will be required after the first meeting as a commencement fee. Another 30% will be due at the point of ordering fabrics, with the final balance due on completion. I am happy to discuss payment plan options.