If, like most people, you have never had any made-to-measure clothing before it may seem a little daunting, so here is a guide to what to expect.
This will often be our first meeting and it is your chance to tell me exactly what it is you are looking for in your gown. It is helpful if you have pictures or drawings of the kind of dress you have in mind, so it is a good idea to do some research of your own, by taking cuttings from magazines or photocopies from books (particularly if you want a period gown) or making sketches.
If you're not really sure what you want, it's a good idea to try on some dresses first in one of the many bridal shops in town. Try on as many different styles as you can even if you don't think they will suit you, as you may be surprised how different they look when not on a hanger.
We will discuss fabric and embellishments as well as the style, and I will also take your measurements.
Once we've had a good chat and you're happy that I've understood your requirements I can put together a quote for you and either email it or post it to you. Please note that any changes to your dress (e.g. a different style or fabric) after the quote has been issued may increase the overall cost, but I will advise you of any increase before I go ahead with the changes.
Once you have approved your quote and paid a deposit I will set to work making a toile. This is a prototype made from inexpensive fabric which will be fitted to you at our next meeting. The toile is roughly made to allow for adjustments, so don't be alarmed at seeing raw edges and unfinished hems! If you want to make any changes to the style of the dress, this is the best time to do it, before I start to work on your "real" dress.
At least one more fitting will be needed before the dress is finished, and although I try to keep fittings to a minimum, more may be necessary depending on the complexity of your gown.
When your gown is finished I will bring it to you to try on one last time to make sure there are no last minute adjustments.
A deposit is required before I start to work on drafting the pattern for your dress. You can then either pay the full balance once the dress is finished or pay in instalments. Unfortunately I cannot give credit, so if you wish to pay in instalments the full balance must be paid before the finished garment is handed over to you. Payments can be made in cash or by debit/credit card.
Corsets only require the consultation and first and final fittings.