*** Please note that I am taking a maternity break during 2017 ***
More information on timing and availability for commissions can be found with my contact details
I offer an affordable bespoke dressmaking service giving you the opportunity to purchase high-quality clothing made to your specifications, whether you’re after a dress for that special occasion or just to add a timeless classic to your wardrobe. Whatever you’re thinking of, just get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to talk to you about a quote.
Do you have a piece in mind that you can’t find in real life, or just want to be wearing something different?
Do you have a garment that you love the style or fit of and are constantly frustrated that you can’t find anything similar in the shops now?
I’m happy to make items up using a piece you already have as the inspiration for what you’d like this time round even if it’s just one small detail or even the type of fabric that you’d like in your next garment (after all, most people find it much easier to show than explain in words what they’re after) although I cannot produce exact copies of an already existing garment – if it’s been made by someone else they own the copyright to that pattern / design (I expect people to respect my copyright over my own designs therefore I respect others’ copyright as well).
What can I make to measure for you?
The answer to this question could run to several pages, but I’ll try to keep it short! I make all types of womenswear, for every size and shape, from everyday trousers to corsets and outfits for special occasions (including prom dresses and bridal gowns). I also do some menswear, and I’m happy to work with trans and non-binary customers. I generally don’t do childrenswear outside of bridal orders.
How long will it take?
The length of time if takes depends very much on what the garment is, but I would generally suggest allowing 4-6 weeks for most items and up to 3 months for bridal wear and more complicated projects. If you need something producing quicker than that it may be possible depending on the time of year, so do ask!
So what’s the process?
Whatever I’m making for you, no matter how special the garment, the process is the same and ensures that you get exactly what you’re after. First I will discuss your ideas with you, produce sketches and agree a price. Once the design and price are agreed I will take your measurements and make up a toile (mock-up of the garment) for you to try on and make any final adjustments. Once the toile fits perfectly I will make up the final garment for you.
A little bit of genuine customer feedback…
“Thank you so much for creating such absolutely wonderful and unique bridesmaid dresses! As you well know it was quite difficult to cater for two such different sisters but somehow you managed it, and they both thought that their own dress was the best, brilliant! You made the whole process very relaxed and enjoyable and I really appreciated your expertise, it was invaluable… The feedback from the wedding guests was 100% positive, they all thought the girls looked beautiful and that the dresses fitted their different personalities, and that it was very refreshing to have different dresses to suit the bridesmaids and not the day. They were also perfect for running around sorting out a bride and for dancing a ceilidh into the night!” [EM re 2 bridesmaids dresses]
“Thank you so much for making my gorgeous dress! I’ve attached a picture to this mail… I had so many comments and compliments about it, and loved being able to say that you made it.” [GS re her wedding dress]