I offer a completely bespoke design and dressmaking service.
Brides-to-be normally contact me when they have a strong vision for their gown and want to find out more about having it made, or they’ve tried on lots of gowns in boutiques and still haven’t been able to find what they’re looking for. For each enquiry I try to give a rough price guideline and explain the process of commissioning a bespoke dress.
Aim to commission your dress a minimum of 6 – 9 months before your wedding date. I can work to a shorter time frame, but this will depend on how complicated the design is and how busy I am.
I’d love to hear about your ideas for your gown! Please feel free to get in touch for an informal chat and if you would like, to make an appointment to visit my home-based studio. At our first informal appointment I listen to your ideas in order to understand your vision, sketch gown options for you, discuss budget and together we look at fabric swatches from my wide range of sample books, to explore colour, drape, fibre and cost options.
After our initial meeting, if you decide that a bespoke dress is definitely for you, we finalise your design and then I make a prototype – a toile out of calico – for you to try. This allows you to see your gown take shape and make important decisions about the fit and design. After the toile fitting I then create a paper pattern. I use this to construct your dress out of the real fabric. Over a series of two to three more fittings you will get to see your dress develop and take shape. One of the joys of commissioning a bespoke dress is that you are involved at every stage of its creation and able to contribute to every detail, making it a uniquely personal experience and the outcome all the more special.