At the initial consultation I will meet you in person, over the phone or online to discuss your design ideas as well as look over fabric samples, colours and trimmings. Whether you have something specific in mind or really don’t know where to start, I will help to formulate and develop your ideas as well as advise you on the best fabrics to use.
Once we have built up a picture of the kind of outfit you would like, I will come up with some design sketches and tweak them until you feel happy with the look. After you have approved the designs you will then receive a quote for your outfit. The quote will incorporate costs for materials and haberdashery, dressmaking services and a time scale.
If you are happy with the quote, I will request a deposit to cover the cost of materials which will confirm your order.
The first fitting is an important part of the process not only to ensure the style and fit of the pattern is perfect, but also to make any design alterations, should you change your mind about how you want something to look. I will have used your body measurements to cut out and loosely attach your fabric or for delicate materials I will often make up a toile (or mock-up) of the dress. This will be in a cheaper fabric, similar to the weight and the look of your chosen fabric.
After the first fitting comes the exciting bit – making the outfit! I will make up the outfit and then invite you for more fittings until everything is perfect.