At the initial consultation we will look at images and fabrics and talk through potential designs. My design process involves interpreting the ideas we have discussed, understanding the bride as an individual and how she would like to express herself. I also consider the feel of the occasion, nature of the venue and the time of year.
Design and costing
I will use sketches and fabric swatches to communicate a design and costing for the dress. Once the outline design of the dress has been discussed and approved by the bride, and the costs agreed, the commissioned dress is scheduled into my production timetable, bearing in mind the date and time-frame for the wedding day.
Creating the toile is the next important stage of having a bespoke wedding dress designed and made. The bride will try on this cloth mock-up of the dress, pattern cut to her exact measurements. This is the exciting moment when we can visualize and refine the chosen design on the body, perfect the fit and consider the final fabric selection.
Only once we have a clear idea of the final garment will the dress be carefully cut and constructed, bringing together all the fabric components and details discussed, using couture techniques and immaculate hand finishing. The result will be a sublime wedding dress made to your individual measurements and body shape – luscious, stunning and totally unique.
Ideally bespoke dresses need six to nine months to complete. This time frame varies depending on the complexity of the dress and time of year, it is intended as a guide.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements. Prices start at £2,500.
T E S T I M O N I A L S
Jenny created a dress which was exactly what I had wished for and which fitted the style of my wedding perfectly. She involved me in every stage of the design process and found the perfect balance between the vision I had in my head and what would work in practice and suit my figure. I really enjoyed the whole experience of attending the fittings and having a unique dress designed and made just for me. On the day, I received so many compliments on the fit, style and design of the dress. Having a bespoke dress from Jenny really added to the whole occasion.Frances
Being 5'1 and a size 12/14 I knew the dresses in magazines and in wedding shops were not designed with me in mind: any dress I chose would be so heavily altered to fit me that it would end up looking completely different ...I found it impossible to know what would really suit me when it was cut down to my size! It was at that point of exasperation that I decided to start looking for a dressmaker.
In a world full of uniform white, a world of Berketex and Pronovias, the search for something otherwise was almost despairing. Discovering Jenny therefore was a revelation (and immense relief) that 'bride' could mean stylish, creative and unique and even now the self satisfaction of discovering someone so talented still makes me gloat!
Having Jenny designing and making my dress turned out to be one of the most enjoyable parts of preparing for my wedding. What really attracted me on her website was the fact that all her dresses, even the most 'classical' ones, had 'twists' that made the brides that wore them look unique. At our first appointment, she knew how to ask all the right questions to get me thinking and tease out the elements that I like in clothes and the details that would flatter my body.
Jenny took the time to understand me and the kind of wedding we were planning, making the whole process feel really collaborative. The finished dress was beautifully made - Jenny is a master of her craft. And on the day, I felt amazing and perfectly at home in the georgian townhouse where we had our wedding. The dress is a one-off and quite simply stunning.
As a textile student I could not believe my luck when I found Jenny and her home studio in which the most stunning, unique bridal masterpieces are born. The entire experience evolved as an exciting and magical process, a collaborative journey between two creative minds.
Having a wedding dress made by Jenny was the most fantastic experience. From the moment I met her, I felt that Jenny just got it – she understood what I was after (I think better than I did at that stage!), and then was experienced and skilled enough to be able to guide me and develop something unique.
Thank you so very much Jenny for designing and creating my beautiful lace and pink wedding dress!Your incredible professionalism and skills are such that you were able to interpret my thoughts and ideas, helping me to decide the style that would flatter me most whilst ensuring that it was a wedding dress that was uniquely stunning!