Alison.PS Designs - Bespoke Gowns
From Jan 2020 I am changing a vital rule to the bespoke gowns I make. I am a firm believer in reusing / recycling as much as possible.
It has been my great pleasure to take apart an older gown, and remake it into a new design for a few clients now.
Cassie's Gown is a perfect example of this. To have a gown that was once your mother's, or grandmother's and be able to wear it again is amazing. But for most clients it isn't possible without help. As I have been working on gowns for 30 years now, my experience and knowledge means I can literally take any gown, no matter how old or badly fitting...or even how out of date the design is.....and turn it into the perfect gown for each and every client.
To me it is more than just another gown. It marries the two things that mean the most to me.....a very happy client with a completely unique gown and less waste to the environment.
So what is a Bespoke gown?
A bespoke gown is one that is designed and fully made to measure specifically for you. This means your ideas and dreams of the perfect gown will be made into a reality. There are many stages towards completing a bespoke gown, but all are necessary, so be prepared for several consultations.
It is important to note that I do not make copies of other designers gowns. It is very common for a bride to fall in love with a gown only to find it is out of their price range or not available in their size. I do sympathize, but it is a strict policy not to copy their hard work. What I will do is use the dress as inspiration to design and create your gown. Equally once you have approved one of my designs, I promise never to repeat that design for anyone else, meaning your gown will be truly exclusive to you.
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Fittings - Toile
You will have several fittings. The first one is approx a month after your measurements are taken. This fitting is for your calico toile. A toile is a mock up of your bodice. It is made using all your measurements, and is the most important fitting for the design of the final gown.
The toile bodice is made from cotton calico as it is firm to use, easy to draw on if design changes are needed and of course cheap to throw away after its no longer needed.
Using a toile before the final gown is made is not just for the fit, it also allows me to show you how your gown will look with embellishments too. I can pin and move them as many times as needed without damaging the final gown.
It can be hard to some clients to visualize a gown from a drawing, so this is invaluable.