Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Kim on her beautiful lace wedding dress. Kim had designed her own dress which had some gorgeous features including a collar with a statement bow at the back. I also made blue chiffon bridesmaid dresses for Kim's lovely sisters and her mums green silk outfit.
Kim also commissioned her headpiece from the very talented Natasha at Modiste
As most people don't get clothes custom made these days I thought it would be a good idea to write a couple of blog posts outlining what to expect from the process.
Having a dress custom made is completely different to buying a dress off the peg. For a start you don't get to see the dress until it's made so you have to put a lot of trust in your seamstress. You also need to have a good idea of what suits you and what you feel comfortable in.
Here's how it works at Flossy and Dossy:
When someone gets in touch the first thing I do is arrange an appointment for them to come to my home studio for a chat. This can only be by appointment as I don't have a shop, the studio is in my flat.
During the appointment I like to try and get a feel for what type of dress you want. We may look at inspiration photos or if you want to try on one of my sample dresses you can (I only have a few samples as my space is limited)
From here I would sketch out a couple of designs and provide fabric samples.
Once the design and fabric choices are confirmed I take a 35% deposit and order the fabric
A Calico mock up of the design is made and fitted. For 50's style dresses I only mock up the bodice.
The dress is constructed for the first fitting. At this stage it won't be complete but will have enough details for me to assess the fit.
The dress is then completed and ready for the final fitting
The balance is paid and the dress is ready for collection.
I would usually advise to leave 4-6 months for a bespoke dress, this allows plenty of time to make design choices and for fittings.
I had the pleasure of making a wedding dress for the lovely Isla earlier this year. She chose a classic satin tea length dress with customised sparkly straps and a lovely big silk bow. Thanks toRoss McDairmant Photography for the images
I recently finished this cute turban using a Debbie Bliss pattern from the spring/summer 2013 mag. I won the wool in a competition run by lovely Lorraine of Shetland Wool Blog. It was originally intended for socks but then the magazine dropped through the door and this pattern caught my eye. On the plus side I get to showcase the lovely yarn.
Lorraine also sells lovely quivit yarn and is a very talented knitter. Pop over to her blogs for regular give always.
It was an absolute pleasure to make Mhoraig's bridesmaid dresses in time for her January the 4th wedding. She chose pretty jewel colours and a striking 1940's design. Thanks to Zoe Campbell Photography for the gorgeous images, the flowers are by the talanted I Heart Flowers and the venue was one of my favourites House for an Art Lover.
Earlier in the year I had the pleasure of making a wedding dress for one of my very dear friends, the wedding was captured beautifully by the wonderful Struve Photography, see the full wedding on Under The Vintage Veil