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Bespoke Bridal/ Dress Design

Jacqueline Grobler

Bespoke Bridal/ Dress Design

Having a dress made can be very daunting, but by following a proper system, everything becomes much less overwhelming. 

I break the process up into a few steps to make sure that we are always on the same page as we move along.

Step one is to send me an email telling me more about the type of dress that you would like me to make. If it's a wedding dress, also remember to give the date, venue, and I don't mind if you tell me a little about yourself. I want to know where you from and perhaps a hobby you enjoy. These details might not seem relevant but making a dress for someone is a very personal service in the sense that I am doing something that should hi-lite your personality and be an extension of who you are.


I need at least three months to complete a wedding dress, but ultimately the timeline will depend on the type of dress, design, and detailing. However, don't wait up until three months before setting up an appointment. People book well in advance to ensure their dress is in capable hands and I can only take in a limited amount of work. The choice is yours whether we start right away or wait until a time closer to the event, but I can also advise on this. 


Usually, a 50% deposit will book my time that I need to complete your dress;  I work together with a highly skilled and experienced seamstress trained by myself. The deposit will also enable me to buy the perfect material the moment I find it. As soon as I have the fabric, we can look at it together, and I will also take measurements at this meeting. If want to get the fabric, just check in with me first if it is something that will work for your style of dress.

What follows will be the first fitting; so exciting! But this is a mock or "toile" dress. I want to see if my pattern fits well and what I can change to make it even better. This is also where I need your feedback about everything from the fit to the style lines and or neckline so that we can change it before we cut into the real fabric. Sometimes this step is not necessary in which case I will jump ahead to the next step.

The next step is where I start by building the dress up from the inside out.  In other words, your first or next fitting will be the lining of the dress, when this fits well we can move on to the outer layers. 

Detail comes last, and because this is the most exciting and transforming step, everything else should be perfect. I love doing this together with my client so that they have a good idea of what to expect and voice their opinion before we add the final layer. 

My recipe for success, keeping my client in the loop as we move through all the steps.  Knowing that we are both on the same page before we move on. Your dress will be one to love forever. A Handmade ( Couture) one of a kind dress with endless hours dedicated to perfection.


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