Bespoke wedding dress for New York bride

Bespoke wedding dress for New York bride

Last year I had the pleasure of making this totally unique bespoke wedding dress for Kate who was getting married in New York – amazing I know right just wait till you see the pictures.

As I have currently stopped my wedding dress service to focus on my leather jackets this dress was an absolute stunner to end on. Find out more about my bespoke leather jackets here 

Kate came for a consultation way back in 2018 to have a chat about her ideas on what she wanted. We talked about colours, shapes and fabrics plus it’s also a great way to get my clients to feel relaxed within my studio and find out how I work.

Her ideas back then were completely different to what she ended up having in the end, It’s amazing how much you change in just a year.

Fast forward to 2019 and after many discussions we decided on the shape, style and fabric. Which was the best choice in the end because it just fit so well with the whole look and feel of the wedding.

This is the final design we decided on.

So let’s talk about the fabrics and the shape.

When it came to the fabric I was looking for something elegant and soft, I came across this incredible tulle fabric that had delicate sequinned stars embroidered on in silver and pale gold which looked absolutely stunning.

I knew with the style we were making this had to be used and we did. The bespoke wedding dress was in two parts.

The under dress which was made with a  sweetheart neckline with boning for structure and a gradual flared skirt which was slightly up at the front to show off Kate’s kick ass boot from McQueen.

This was made from a subtle gold duchess satin fabric to tone in well with the tulle fabric.

The second dress was an over dress but the top half was made into a shirt style which look so elegant in the star fabric. The skirt part was the same as the under dress.

The over dress was made separate and with the intention to be worn again — which is even more cooler.

Oh but how could I forget the badass leather jacket she also had made to wear with her dress.

This was also made from a subtle gold leather to tone in with the wedding dress.

It was like everything just fell into place when we found the fabrics.

The sleeves being made up in the tulle star fabric
The collar being sewn in place 

The making of the bespoke wedding dress.

I started with working with Kates measurements to create a bespoke pattern that was unique to her, I could then develop on this if anything was to change. The next step was to take this into a toile which is a sample garment that helps through the fitting stages.

This is made from a plain fabric to help study the shape and fit of the dress.

Once I was happy with the pattern and the sample garment was fitting to how I liked, I then cut Kate’s dress out in the actual fabric. This is the best bit because you actually start to see the dress come to life as you can see from the photos below.

The under dress being made with leopard print lining.

The top half of the shirt being prepared for the buttons 

Final check of the collar 

Working on the sleeve for the leather jacket 

Final checks to see how it is looking 

I started to make the bespoke wedding dress up in the actual fabric 6 months before so it gave us plenty of time for any amendments.

The most fiddly part of the dress was to get the shirt style top to sit right with it being made in a tulle fabric especially around the neck. It was very fine a delicate to sew too, it tested my skills but I got there in the end.

I was so please with the outcome of the dress and the best feeling ever was when Kate brought her friend for a fitting and she burst into tears because she loved it so much. I think we were all nearly in tears at that point.

Having a bespoke wedding dress made is such a unique experience, you see your actual vision come to life in different stages. I truly believe if you are thinking about going for it… do! It’s an incredible journey for the seamstress and the client.

Now I know you’ve all been waiting for the photo so scroll and enjoy these killer photos shot by New York Dream Weddings 

Oh and they honeymooned in Vegas … I mean come on!  Goals right there. 

Born to Thread’s best round up of 2019 – the business lessons I’ve learnt

Born to Thread’s best round up of 2019 – the business lessons I’ve learnt

Merry Christmas everyone!

Yes, its nearly time for the big day to arrive and for us to kick back, relax enjoy some family time and eat well probably way too much food!

But before that happens I wanted to do a round up of all the incredible things that have happened with Born to Thread this year and the lessons/ business lessons I have learnt because you know self employed life isn’t just a walk in the park.

Let’s kick off with the fun stuff.

This year I have had some incredible orders for me to make  jackets and personalised leather jackets, they have really tested me in a good way but have been so much fun to make.

Honestly I cannot express how much I love making them but what is even better is seeing my amazing clients rocking them.

I’ve had jackets worn in New York where I also made my final wedding dress (more on that later) for a kick ass bride to wear, matching jackets in Las Vegas, check out the badass couple here and I even got to make a Kiss inspired design for a silver jacket.

Not sure what that would look like then read all about the handmade Kiss jacket here.

It’s not all being about jackets though, I feel like I have really grown into my business this year and found clarity on how I want to go forward into 2020.

This year I have really invested into learning new skills not just with in sewing but more on a business side.

I always used to shy away from learning because I didn’t think I was good enough which I know now that it stems from being put down at school but over the past couple of years I have really enjoyed learning and especially about business.

I really geek out on it now and love taking courses. This year I have learnt about the finance side which was a biggie for me but really went for it head on and it wasn’t a bad I thought! One of my favourite books I have read was Profit First – eye opener for sure and highly recommend. 

Have you guys heard of the No Bull Business School, no? Well, you need to check out Sarah’s courses, she really knows her shit when it comes to business and the courses I have taken have been a real kick up the bum, they have made me look at my business in different way so much. Also if you are looking for a bit of personal development I’d highly recommend her Money + Manifesting course.

Another amazing lady to follow and invest in her knowledge is Maddy Shine – she is like the queen of SEO and I have learnt so much in terms how focus more on my website and figuring how it all works! Honestly I am so happy I took her course because SEO doesn’t seem so scary anymore and to learn how it works is like one of these ah-ha moments.

Towards the end of the year I decided to work with Leah from The Fashion Cultivator. Leah has incredible knowledge of the fashion industry and has over 10 years buying skills.

I stumbled across Leah through a Facebook business group and when I found out she worked within leather jackets when buying I knew instantly that we had to work together. We’re currently working on a new collection which I’m hopefully gonna drop at the end of February – watch this space!

Phew just looking back on that has been a real opener for me, It’s amazing how much you forget over time but writing it down really helps to see how much you have done.

Even just on a personally level too, this year I have really found more confidence in myself too, as a person who has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks over the years I have worked hard to over come them.

I mean they still sneak up on me a times but I know no to be afraid of them and it’s just my body telling me I need to step back and relax a little.

Which if your self employed yourself then you know that it can be hard to do, but I’d highly recommend to avoid burnout?

I think its actually better to take breaks because it can fuel your creativity so much more.

As 2020 is coming up strong have a little think of how far you have come over the past 20 years or 10 years and be proud of how far you have come.

Write it down be grateful for the lessons your learnt and growth you have achieved.

One last thing

I’m proud of myself is overcoming my fear of showing my face on video, Instagram stories – I actually love it now and I have met so many fun people through showing up and talking.

I talk all about different areas of my business to fabrics, products and everyday rambles so come join me if your intrigued.

As 2020 is coming up strong have a little think of how far you have come over the past 20 years or 10 years and be proud of how far you have come.

Write it down be grateful for the lessons your learnt and growth you have achieved.

One last thing

I’m proud of myself is overcoming my fear of showing my face on video, Instagram stories – I actually love it now and I have met so many fun people through showing up and talking.

I talk all about different areas of my business to fabrics, products and everyday rambles so come join me if your intrigued.

So know the lessons I have learnt through all of this:

  • Stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing, fear helps you grow.
  • Saying yes could lead you to amazing outcomes
  • Stay strong and know your worth… This has helped me so much over the past couple of years
  • Take breaks! I am human and I can’t do everything
  • Stay in my lane, don’t compare myself to anyone my journey is just as incredible as theirs is.
  • Not everyone is gonna like my work and that is OK
  • Strategy in business is key if you wan to grow
  • Social media is not real – but awe should all know this. Using it in the right way can be so beneficial but using it in the wrong way will just see you spiralling into comparison – Don’t do it.
  • One thing before I forget is I learned that some of my services are not for me anymore. Like earlier I mentioned about the wedding dress, well this year I decided to stop making them not because I don’t like doing them its because my passion for leather work and making jackets is so much stronger that I decided to focus on them. I was a big thing for me to do but you know what I really feel like it was the right decision.

So I think that concludes my lengthy post about 2019 haha. Woohoo I feel good for writing this now as I can see that 2019 was a kick ass year but I’m so excited for 2020.

I can feel it’s gonna be a prosperous year for us all.

Mantra: 2020-You do you always

Bridie x

Handmade leather jackets – Kiss Leather Jacket – I was made for lovin’ you

Handmade leather jackets – Kiss Leather Jacket – I was made for lovin’ you

Recently I had the pleasure of making this fun Kiss leather jacket for Jess a mega fan wanting to wear it for her wedding — super cool.

All my leather jackets are made form real leather and you can read more about why I make real leather jackets by hand here 

I absolutely love the requests I get through for designs on the back but this one was a fun challenge to make, I’m not gonna lie when the bride contacted me it had me a bit nervous.

Just the font in itself was a bit tricky to get right but with perseverance I got there in the end.

With Jess being a huge Kiss fan and her first dance being to this song we decided to go for the lyrics I was made for lovin you on the back in the style of font they use.

I used a black glitter fabric for the lettering.

We also added a green mermaid glitter star behind it to compliment the glam side and the star face design one of the members has.

Here is the Kiss leather mid – design

For the leather jacket itself we uses a silver leather in a short waisted style so it sat perfectly with her dress and had an emerald green lining to match the star colours on the back.

I was a bit worried that the glitter would all merge together and you wouldn’t be able to read what it says but it worked out really well in the end.

The finished look of the Kiss leather jacket

Jess was so happy with the whole design of her jacket and was blown away with it being exactly how she wanted it to be. She even sent me a film of her opening her jacket when she received it through the post.

If you’re looking for that edgy style on your wedding day or even just for every day, then my handcrafted personalised leather jackets are just for you. Just like Jess and her Kiss leather jacket!

Services include:

Back patches: Have a certain theme, colour way — no idea to big or too small, I’m always up for a challenge.

Made to order jackets:  are available to buy from the born to shop page where you can invest in one of my hand drawn designs but if you have a specific design in mind please contact me as the price may differ,  I’m already excited to hear your ideas.

The difference between Bespoke and Couture – What I offer in my services.

The difference between Bespoke and Couture – What I offer in my services.

First of all I want to explain to you the difference between bespoke and couture.

The two are similar and can be classed as ‘made to order’  with custom measurements. They both suggest high quality materials with quality construction.

“Bespoke” is an English and means ‘made to order’ mainly from the customers measurements and alterations to the customers taste. Customers choose the fabric and the design and very much have their personal input into the whole process. 

A bespoke garment is usually constructed mainly be machine but still has the integrity of high quality materials, design and construction, but would not be considered as couture. 

“Couture”  means ‘highly handmade’ and is a French word for sewing or fashion.

About 60% of the garment is hand sewn, not by machine. This means hand finished seams, hand finished hems and possible hand-beading or other embroidery.  

“Haute Couture” is a very specific term and only certain fashion houses are legally allowed to use the term and they all have to meet a criteria list for membership which includes: design made-to-order for private clients with fittings, have a workshop in Paris with at least fifteen ateliers, at least twenty full time technicians on hand and present a collection of at least fifty designs twice a year.

Official top designers include: 

Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier. 

I see a lot of people throw these terms around without doing the proper research and mainly to make their work seem better, which can be very frustrating for the actual professionals out there. 

With my handy guide up above, it helps to know so it’s easy to research when you’re looking into a handmade garment. 

I pride myself at Born to Thread that everything is made in house form my small studio in Yorkshire with a mixture of bespoke and couture. 

What does this mean? Well, the main body of my garments are made by me using a sewing machine and then the finishing off of the garment is always done by hand. 

If I was to be embellishing anything then that would be done by hand also.

Why go bespoke?

At BTT I love to capture YOUR personality through fashion which is why it makes its such a special experience. 

  • It’s made to fit you, to your exact measurements.
  • It’s higher in quality, which means it last’s longer than fast fashion.
  • It’s sustainably good for the environment
  • It’s and investment piece and made with techniques and care you won’t find in the shops.
  • It’s a one off just for you. 

It may feel a very daunting experience getting fitted for a made to measure garment, especially if you have never had one made before but I trust you its not, in-fact its turns in to a such a memorable experience and one you can remember when wearing the outfit. 

So you maybe wondering now what my services entail and how long it takes.  Here is a small run down of the process of a bespoke service. 

CONSULTATION STAGE

Born To Thread invites you to an informal free relaxed consultation at my home studio where tea and biscuits are on hand or if you live far away Skype appointments are also available. 

We will discuss your ideas on design, fit, fabrics colours and timescale to help me understand how you would like your unique garment to look and give you more of an idea of how the process will all work.

Please note Skype appointments are only for consultations and design stage not fitting stage. 

It’s hard to give an exact price straight away, until I know a clear outlay of your idea and what fabrics you would like to use, I can then curate a guide price which can be finalised throughout the design stage

As a rough guide price bespoke garment start at £300 

If you are completely happy with what we have discussed then a 50% deposit is required. 

DESIGN AND FABRIC STAGE

From the consultation stage I will then work closely with you on the design development of your outfit involving sketches to the ideas we have discussed also fabric samples and embellishment will be sourced to the preferred colour-ways. I strive to find the best high quality fabrics to bring out the best in your garment. 

Another meeting will be set for us to talk over fabrics I have sourced, look over designs/modify any details and choose final outfit. I can also send you samples and meet over another Skype call to discuss all of this.

MAKING AND FITTING STAGE

A made to measure garment takes time with care and attention.

Working with your personal measurements a paper pattern is created from the chosen design.

Once the pattern is all ready a toile garment is made for the fitting appointment – a sample garment which is made from a plain fabric that allows me draw in style lines and see where we need to make amendments. 

The alterations from the fitting will be then transferred to paper pattern and also changed on the toile followed by another one to two fittings if needed. 

Depending on the alterations it will either be in the toile again or actual fabric. This will be discussed along the way. 

Once you are happy with the fit and style I will then go ahead and make/finish off your outfit, a final fitting is required to double check over last adjustments to make sure we get a perfect fit. From this personal experience, you will see your outfit come to life with experienced techniques.

Through all of this I will keep you regularly updated via email. 

The process of a made of a made to measure garment can take 6 to 8 weeks (depending on the garment being made) with a final fitting required to ensure the perfect fit and finish. 

I hope this has helped to give you more of an idea into choosing bespoke, if you have any questions or want to enquire more, please contact me. 

Starting a business whilst grieving

Starting a business whilst grieving

Starting a business whilst grieving and even running one is no easy ride, you have good days and you have some really bad days, where it is just a struggle to even focus.

I wanted to share my story not for sympathy or anything like that, in-fact its taken me a hell of a lot to write this and I’m still second guessing if I should press the publish button. 

I wanted to write this because I don’t think it is spoken about enough, people tend to sweep grief under the carpet or don’t express their feelings enough. Grieving is important and what’s helps us heal, you have to go through the emotions to come out the other side.

I’m not saying it will go away and it doesn’t get easier but what I can strongly say is you do learn to cope and you do find a way to be happy again so in that sense the coping does get easier. 

Born to Thread started as an idea back in 2012, I was at a bit a loss with what I wanted to do. I had just got back form travelling and struggled to get a job in within fashion so I decided to set up a business.

At this point my sister was half way through chemo so everything was all bit of a whirlwind and a blur, I was just making and selling products at craft fairs just to take my mind off it. 

Looking back now I wasn’t in the best frame of mind to start a business, I was also helping my mum look after my sister, taking her back and forth to hospital appointments, sitting with her during chemo sessions anything to keep her feeling positive and smiling.

I know they say there is never a right time but you defiantly have to have heart and a bit of a plan together on what you want to achieve. I guess I can say now that my business was just a hobby then as I didn’t really know what I was doing. 

Unfortunately my sister passed in 2013, at this point I could have called it a day on BTT but I didn’t I grew strength somehow and kept it going. I needed that creative outsource to help soften the pain and making things was the only way I knew how to.

It was a crazy time I had all these emotions, I suffered horrendous anxiety attacks at night before and after, it was like I had a fear of the future and did I actually want to run a business.

I’ve struggled so much with my identity of my business over the years and which direction to take it and I wanted to give up so many times because when your in such a low place things just get through to you and it so easy just to say I’m not doing this anymore but every time I felt like this something deep down always stopped me.

I also felt like the grieving stripped my identity away a bit which I think is why I struggled to connect with my work, I wasn’t enjoying what I was putting out there and I was to shy to ask for help.

I’m so glad I didn’t give up on my dream, I have taken so many frustrating paths to get to where I am.

I’m also very grateful to come from a strong loving family where we talk and laugh about our problems which I feel is big thing with anything, especially when running a business. If you don’t talk and let it out then things just get a hell of a lot worse. 

It wasn’t until 2 years ago when I decided to fully work on my self development when the ideas started to flow for BTT and which direction I wanted to take it.I also knew I wanted this grieving to stop dictating to how I was feeling and stopping me from living my life and only I could make it happen. 

I’ve worked hard, pushed my self out of my comfort zone and it’s all paying off. My business is growing stronger, Ive got clearer and I know what I want. I still have days where I think its going to overpower me again, but now I know the signs and I do something to make me feel good.

There is no time scale, no right or wrong way to deal with grief, every body deals with it differently. You just take it one day at a time and do what is right for you. People won’t understand, people get annoyed but isn’t that just life anyway.

If you are going through something similar all I say is just take it one day at a time and focus on what you want your future self to feel. 

Bridie x 

Let’s talk sustainability

Let’s talk sustainability

Let’s talk sustainability…

I’ve been speaking recently over on my social media about what sustainability means to me and why I’m so passionate about why I do what I do in my business.

It’s important to me to get the message across that Born to Thread is all about sustainable clothing.

I want people to start to invest in good clothing as fast fashion is having a huge impact on our environment and people’s physical lives, it’s shocking.

This isn’t just a recent thing it has been happening for years, recently I’ve reading a few articles about what’s happening and have also watched the very powerful documentary on the BBC by Stacey Dooley – Fashions dirty secret (a must if you want to learn more)

I have always been aware of this as we learnt about a few things at university, but this documentary definitely opened my eyes to how disgusting, wasteful and the harmful effect it is causing.

This is why I am so proud of my business been built on sustainable clothing. I try my hardest not to waste and everything you see on my website is made by my fair hands and only me, well maybe a little hand from my mum when things get busy! But you won’t find any major big factories here.

Born to Thread is all about slow fashion and creating a brand that people invest in rather than throw away.

When you shop well and support independent brands it makes the experience so much more memorable and when you think about it you are actually buying a piece of art that somebody has created just for you.

So please have a little think today, have a read of the articles and start to make a change.

It will be so worth it in the end.