you meet Joanna for your initial consultation, you will sit down
and have an informal chat about your ideas. It is recommended
that you bring any pictures and colour samples with you. If you
have a specific theme for your dress or your wedding, bring along
pictures of that too. It could be your venue or simply a photograph
that you love. It is important for Joanna to understand as much
as possible about what you want and she will guide you through
what can and can’t be done. She will also show you fabric
samples from her extensive list of suppliers and you will also
be able to see samples of gowns she has made previously.
you are happy that you both have an understanding of the basics
of the dress, Joanna will then continue her research for you and
will come up with a selection of designs to discuss at your next
consultation. You may find you love one the designs first off,
but it is also likely that you and Joanna may need to make some
minor adjustments to the design. At this stage you may be happy
to finalise the design and confirm that you want to go ahead.
If so Joanna will require a non-refundable deposit from you to
secure your dress and she will commence with the purchasing of
point it may be a few months before your next consultation. By
then Joanna will have drafted the unique pattern for your dress
and begun to create a mock-up, known as a toile, in calico.
This will be a very basic version of your dress which will be
used to assess the fit and shape of the garment. It is recommended
that you have the actual underwear you will wear with you as this
can drastically alter the feel and fit. You may need a second
or third consultation to fit the toile properly.
then commence to make your actual gown in your chosen fabric.
Depending on the complexity of the design, further fittings may
be required during this stage. You may not need another fitting
until the dress is almost complete. At this point you will need
to have your actual shoes to wear so the length can be adjusted
At you final
fitting your dress will be finished, along with any accessories and you can try on the full ensemble. Before you take your dress
away, Joanna will require full payment from you. After that you
will have your beautiful gown for your special day.