We recommend starting the process of having a bespoke dress created about 6 months before your big day - however it can be possible to make it work within 2 months if necessary. Once you have been in touch, we will book in an initial consultation to chat over your thoughts, ideas and dreams of your wedding dress. It is a good idea to have some mood boards together before this meeting - either on Pinterest or sent via email - so that we have some idea of your likes and dislikes when it comes to bridal design. This consultation is free of charge and is a good opportunity to make sure that we are a good fit for each other. If you are happy to proceed, then it is time for Kate to start designing and developing your dress.
After our initial design meeting, we will spend time drawing up some designs for you to see. We will then invite you to the studio to take a look over these drawings and take your measurements. We will play with different pattern shapes on your body and find the right style for you. It is also possible for Kate to travel to you for these meetings if required. Once a design has been chosen and developed, final costs are agreed and the making can begin!
We will begin making a mock-up of your dress - this is referred to as a ‘toile.’ It is made in inexpensive versions of your fabric so that we can draw on it, pin it, cut it up and do whatever we need to do in order to get the perfect fit and style for you. Here, you will come to the studio to look at samples and choose your final fabrics. Kate will have been fabric sourcing around the shops of London to find the perfect choice for your design. At this stage it is possible to change the design however you wish and enjoy the process of playing around with style and shape.
We make your dress in the final fabrics. You will then be invited back to the studio for a penultimate fitting to make sure everything is correct and to mark the hem. It’s important to have chosen your shoes by this point so that the dress can be hemmed correctly. When all the hard work is finished, there will be a final fitting where you can try on your dress one last time and take it away with you, excited to feel like a million bucks on your big day!