Couture Bridal Wear

Experience a Couture service by Bridie of Born To Thread.

Couture Bridal Wear

“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.  

I want a Born To Thread bride to feel fabulous and with a couture dress experience I believe that can happen, with your unique design and my creative knowledge and skill I give you an opportunity to work alongside me and see your dream dress come to life – It’s a memory that you can hold on to whilst wearing it.

A custom wedding dress takes time and skill and can be completed in 5 months but if you were looking for a lot of detailing I would recommend 6 to 8 months as this process cannot be rushed. 

Bespoke prices can differ depending on style, fabrics and design details but my prices start from £800 and payment plans are available. I also offer a free consultation where all of the above will be discussed.

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 couture dress 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 couture garments start at £800 

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 wedding outfit. 

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 (possibly more depending on the style)

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 couture dress can take 5 to 8 months(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 couture. If you have any questions or want to enquire more, please contact me. 

Fun Fact: It is false belief that the wedding gowns had been always white. Brides used to wear the wedding dresses of their favourite colours till the marriage of Queen Victoria back in 1840 – so from this a wedding dress can be anything you imagine it to be.

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