I have a lot of enquiries from women thinking about getting their wedding dress made from scratch, but they have no idea how the process works, or where to start. So, I thought it would be a good idea to explain how I work.
Firstly, every bride is different, every wedding is different, and every timescale and budget is different. Because of this the way I work is flexible.
Depending on the time of year and how busy I am, the time I need can vary from 3 to 8 months. Some women know exactly what they want when they first come to see me, and yet others are still not sure a few fittings later, with the dress evolving as we go along.
A good start, if you really don't know where to start is:
1. Have a good look through magazines and online, and start a Pinterest board or scrap book with your favourites.
2. Set a budget. It's a good idea to know roughly what you want to spend. Fabric costs vary a lot, as does the time needed to make a dress. It's important to look at things that fit within your budget when designing your perfect dress.
3. Go and try some dresses on. It doesn't necessarily have to be in a bridal shop, but it's good to see how the shapes, necklines and fabrics you like look on you.
4. Think about the venue. What style suits the aisle you're going to walk down, and what's practical for the setting. Does your dress have to travel, and do you need to consider this?
5. Think about accessories, and if you want your dress to work around what will be accompanying it.
Once I meet you, we can design your dress, and choose fabrics, trims etc... This doesn't need to be set in stone, the design can be altered along the way, as long as time allows.
The first fitting will be to try on a cotton sample, to perfect the fit, and make any changes to the design. Depending on the amount of changes I will either get started on your dress after this fitting, or make a new new sample if need be.
The amount of fittings required depends on the dress, but is usually between around 4 - 6.
I hope this helps to explain the process of getting a bespoke dress made, and if I've missed out anything you'd like to know then please get in touch.