1. 1. Consultation

    Our initial conversation will focus on overarching ideas and inspirations. Tell me your dreams! Even if it's early on in your planning, we can discuss themes, color palettes, and the aesthetic or feeling you'd like to express through your dress(es). This is an ideal time to share with me any inspiration materials you have collected.

  2. 2. Idea-making

    Drawing from our consultation, I will create several mood boards highlighting the themes discussed and suggesting colors, fabric patterns, and dress silhouettes. When you've fallen in love with one of the capsules (or combination thereof) we will fine-tune the concepts and get to one of the best parts of the whole process… dress selection!

  3. 3. Pattern Selection

    We will select a pool of lovely dress pattern options based on the themes and ideas we've been throwing around. At this point I will ask for general sizing information for each woman to be dressed. This means height, dress and bra size. This will help to filter suitable patterns with consideration of size and body-type. I like to have around three dress options for each woman. Please see my current catalog of vintage patterns.

  4. 4. Dress Selection

    I will be in touch individually with each woman having a dress made to discuss style preferences and decide upon a dress. I will provide a detailed worksheet with the measurements required and instructions on how best to obtain those measurements. I am happy to arrange an appointment with a local tailor or seamstress if you are not comfortable or confident measuring yourself.

  5. 5. Fabric Selection

    Once the dress(es) are decided, I will collect swatches of fabric that will best showcase each style. Dress construction, body-type, silhouette (slinky, drapey, full-bodied, etc.) and cost are all considered when choosing the right fabric. Not all fabrics work for all dresses/shapes. Pulling again from the original mood capsule, I will create a selection of fabrics to be chosen from.

  6. 6. Dress-making

    I offer two levels of service in making the dress.

    A la Carte

    Using your measurements as a guide, your dress is made directly. I do my very best to match individual measurements to the appropriate size of a dress pattern and will make minor pattern adjustments where possible to create a good fit. Any after-the-fact alterations will be at an additional cost.

    Prix-Fixe

    You will receive one mock-up of the dress or dress portions in a simple fabric for fitting purposes. If a personal fitting is not possible due to geographical inconveniences, I am happy to help to arrange a fitting with a local tailor or seamstress. Based on the mock-up fitting I will adjust the dress pattern as needed prior to final construction.