A custom-made dress especially for you in the style of the photos shown.
Your heart feels like a thousand butterflies trying to escape and you take a deep breath before stepping through the archway…
I love making dresses that are unique to you, so I’ve decided to create a listing to explain the process and hopefully help you decide if I’m the right person to make the gown for your special occasion. I’ve tried to be as clear and informative as possible, but if I haven’t answered your question here, please send me a message and I’ll do my best to help.
Your dress will be made to fit your measurements and in the length and colour or mix of colours of your choice, and in the style of the example photos shown. Please zoom in on these photos so you understand my style of working. (If you like a unique, creative, raw whimsical look, then I’m the right person for you!) I use reclaimed luxury fabrics as much as possible, and will begin with one item and turn it into something else. Here’s how the process will work:
– First of all, please check the top line where I update how long till I can start your dress and if there will be any interruptions. (Mid summer and the run up to Halloween are usually busy times.) Please allow about five weeks for me to make your dress, but it will usually be quicker than that.
– If that’s all fine, and you’re happy with everything else I mention here, please purchase this listing!
– Please let me know your bust, waist and hip measurements. Also the length from the top of your shoulder (where your bra strap sits) to the length you would like the dress. Please also let me know which colour or colours you’d like.
– Your dress will begin with a vintage Indian tunic, so I will now send photos of three or four to choose from. I’ll let you know the fabric type and fastening of each one.
*A note about colours: This listing does not include dresses in white. I don’t have much of a stash of luxury white fabrics but if you would like a white dress, I am happy to purchase vintage wedding dresses to use the fabric, but I would have to add £100 approx to the cost I’m afraid. I can use some white material in your dress, but it is unlikely to be a luxury fabric unless you purchase that separately (see below).
*Another note about colours: I literally have a room-full of Indian fabrics to use; however there are definite colour trends so depending on your colour preference, there may be more or less tunics to choose from. There is plenty of turquoise, dark pink and red, but less so of pastel or dusky colours. Please remember the fabrics I use are reclaimed and therefore your dress will include a variety of them; so if you ask for a blue dress, you will have a dress with various shades of blue.
*A note about fabric: If there is a particular fabric that you would like me to incorporate but I am unlikely to have in my stash, (a red background with purple spots, for example; or white silk), then I would ask you to choose and purchase that fabric and send it on to me.
*Another note about fabric: I am very happy to include any fabrics that have a special meaning to you. Maybe you’d like your Christening gown or part of your grandmother’s wedding veil included? Lovely!
*A note about sleeves: Please assume that your dress will be sleeveless, or possibly with the option of having short sleeves similar to the ones in the example photos. I don’t make sleeves myself because I rarely have pieces of matching fabric large enough; plus due to my style of working by draping fabrics onto a mannequin, it is difficult to incorporate a sleeve pattern.
*A note about sizing. The largest setting on my bigger mannequin is UK size 22 (US size 18-20). I am happy to purchase a bigger mannequin, but please allow a bit of extra time for me to do this. Also, Indian tunics aren’t usually on the larger size, so your dress would have to be sleeveless, although I can add material to drape from the shoulders.
– We will probably have a couple of messages backwards and forwards. Depending on the tunic you choose, I’ll probably ask things like whether you’d like me to keep any of the embellishments if there are any; if there’s an accent colour, whether you’d like me to add it elsewhere in the dress; if you’d like me to cut off the sleeves or keep them etc.
– Then it’s the hard part: I’m afraid you just have to trust me, and wait! There are no patterns and every dress will be a bit different, so this is why I ask you to check that you like the dresses shown and are happy to leave me to make your dress in a similar style.
*If you’d like, I can send a photo half way through and/or when it’s finished, but please note, the price does not allow for changes (changes take a lot of time – that is why wedding dresses at boutiques cost so much!)
*I often share my work on my You Tube channel and Instagram, so please let me know if you’d like to keep your dress a surprise from other people and I won’t upload anything till after the date you wear it.
– I will finish your dress with great care and attention. A custom-made dress is a very special thing and I will invest a lot of myself into your piece. I am honoured that you have chosen me to make your dress and I will work my hardest to make sure you receive a beautiful gown that you love.
– I’ll wrap it carefully; say goodbye, and post it to you!