I began making wedding dresses after my best friend cunningly talked me into making hers. I’d gained a first class Fashion degree at university but had fallen out of love with the fashion industry after spending an eye-opening year travelling the world, and began working for a charity instead.
Designing and making Alexandra’s dress helped me rediscover my passion for dressmaking. I realised that creating bespoke wedding dresses was the perfect way to combine all the bits I love best.
My husband James and I live with our son Rex in a lovely period house in Nether Edge, Sheffield, which we’ve fully renovated over the last eight years. I work from my home studio up in the attic.
James and I got married in April 2012. We had a beautiful personal humanist ceremony, ate cakes baked by our closest friends, enjoyed a gorgeous meal and fabulous speeches from our nearest and dearest, all out in a lovely boutique hotel in the Peak District. For us it was a wonderfully happy and emotional day and being married is the best!
My studio houses my own collection of wedding dresses, plus gorgeous original vintage wedding gowns – available to buy or to use for inspiration for a bespoke commission.
I offer private consultations at my home studio which usually last about an hour-and-a-half. This is a relaxed, friendly space where you can try on my dresses, and discuss options for bespoke designs. This is our opportunity to talk through your ideas, so bring along any inspirational images.
Once I have a clear vision of the dress you’re looking for, I provide a sketch and quote for you to consider. When I’m commissioned I take your measurements, along with a deposit to enable me to start working on your dress. I’ll then begin drafting your patterns and working on your first toile – a mock-up of your wedding dress to check the fit and refine design details. Most dresses generally require at least three fittings.
An ideal lead time for a made-to-measure dress is six months – that said it is sometimes possible to work to shorter deadlines.
Dresses from my Collection, made-to-measure range from £1,550 to £2,150
Original vintage dresses generally range from £250 to £600
Bespoke made-to-measure dresses start from £1,500 + materials