Firstly, I find out exactly what is wanted by my client. Together we work out a design and I do a sketch of the dress.
Fabrics can be chosen from the huge range of laces, silks, and satins that I have on rolls or in sample books.
I will give a price quotation for fabrics and making up charge, this includes all fittings and adjustments with no hidden costs. We also work out a plan for measuring, fitting dates and when the dress is to be picked up.
Some people like to provide their own fabric. They buy silk from their travels from China and India and bring them back for me to make up, or they buy something when out shopping locally or from the internet.
I prefer shoes and underwear to be purchased before I take any measurements, as I need to know the skirt length and that the bust and neck lines are in the correct place!
Next stage is to make a mock up (toile) dress in cotton. This is a great way to make sure that the dress fits perfectly and the style lines are all in the right place. This becomes the pattern for the dress. At this stage lace, motifs or any other detail can be placed onto the toile to see what they will look like on the finished dress.
The dress is then cut and made in fabric. There are normally at least two more fittings before the dress is finished.
I make all dresses in my workshop and fittings are done in my studio.
I also make made to measure brides maids dresses, prom dresses, mother of the bride and groom outfits and evening wear. It is not always necessary to do a toile fitting for these outfits.
Sabine’s dress was made in silk duchess satin and fully lined in silk. Beautiful lace was overlaid on the bodice with see through lace sleeves. The skirt was cut in seven panels with a full length train.
Nicola's dress was made and fitted on her first in cotton to give a perfect fit. The silk bodice was fully boned and covered in beautiful soft beaded lace. The back bodice had tiny loops and silk lacing to give it some delicate detail.
Alex wanted a special dress to go with her fab Matthew Williamson belt. Plunging, but decent neckline, low back, and shaped in on the body. Alex’s idea of teaming it up with a belt really made a great design into a stunning one!
Esther had a full length duchess satin dress with train. The skirt was covered with a layer of fine soft chiffon. Gess wore a camisole top in matching green silk with a macramé lace insert at the front. Her sleeveless jacket and trousers were made in fully lined Duchess satin.
Lara wanted a beautiful light weight floaty dress with a train that could be hitched up so that she could go onto the beach for photos and also dance in the evening. The whole dress was made in a soft peach skin crepe, covered with chiffon.
I alter many wedding dresses. Today many designer dresses are bought on eBay at a fraction of the original cost and brides bring them to me for alterations to suit. This picture shows a lace up back that I put in a bodice that was too small.
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