I began designing and 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.
After 4 years working from home, I’ve recently moved into a new studio in Sheffield – a converted cutlery factory with plenty of character and charm. My studio is on the first floor and is split into two: a workroom for my small team and I, and a showroom to house my dresses and meet brides in.
My husband 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. It was a wonderfully happy and emotional day! I wore my earliest design – Honeysuckle – and became a full-time wedding dress designer and maker soon afterwards.
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 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 me to be working on a made-to-measure dress is a minimum of six months – that said it is sometimes possible to work to shorter deadlines.
Dresses from my Collection, made-to-measure range from £1,600 to £2,300
Original vintage dresses generally range from £250 to £600
Bespoke made-to-measure dresses start from £1,800 + materials