Dressmaking & Fitting
If you’re interested in having a made-to-measure dress or outfit created just for you, do drop into the shop for a chat and let’s see how we can help. If you prefer, you can always give us a call on 01865 764251 and make an appointment to see us.
When you come in we can have a discussion about the type of made-to-measure dress, suit or outfit you have in mind and, if you have any photos of designs you like, do bring them along. We’ve got a number of pictures and photos here in the shop that might also stimulate ideas. You can also browse through the wide range of fabrics and other materials we keep or maybe you have your own fabric that you would like us to use, which is absolutely fine.
As we’re working through ideas, options and possibilities for your dress or outfit we will produce a series of sketches to help clarify ideas. You can see some examples of design sketches on this page. This is very much a collaborative process between us aimed at designing a dress or outfit for you that is perfect both for you and for the occasion. With the sketches we have made and your ideas about fabrics, we can then quote you a cost for the full design, fitting and creation of your made-to-measure garment. Some customers prefer to take the sketches and fabric samples away with them for further consideration but, more often than not, customers want to place an order there and then.
The next step is for us to take all the measurements and produce a full working sketch as a basis for the preliminary work to start on your dress or outfit. We would then arrange a fitting date with you and that would normally be in about two or three weeks’ time. During this period we will order the necessary materials (if we don’t have them in stock) and carry out the initial cutting and sewing. Depending on the complexity of your design, we may create a calico toile (a prototype of the garment made from a cheaper fabric) to be absolutely certain about cutting and fitting for the most complicated designs. However, as we have a great deal of experience in dressmaking (more than 30 years), we usually cut the final fabric directly.
At the fitting appointment you will try on the toile or the part-made garment and we can make any small adjustments that may be required to get the perfect fit. We can also alter some design details at this stage too if need be, such as neckline and length, to obtain the perfect finish to your complete satisfaction. This appointment usually lasts about half an hour. With especially complex designs we may ask you to come in for a further fitting appointment but usually this is not necessary except in the case of wedding dresses where three or four fittings made be required.
We normally need about six weeks for an outfit to be made, but possibly up to six months for a wedding dress. This, of course, is the ideal, and we can create your dress or outfit is less time than this if that is necessary (we once made a dress in a week!). When you place your order with us we take an initial deposit of 25% of the cost. The balance is due when the garment is complete and you are fully satisfied with the result.
We love working with customers to create beautiful dresses and stunning outfits. We find that customers enjoy the creative process and love participating in the creation of a special garment for a special occasion. We’d be delighted to work with you to create the dress of your dreams so do give us a call on 01865 764251, drop us an email via our contact form or simply pop into the shop. We’d love to meet you and hear about your ideas for a made-to-measure garment.