• Tara Deighton

Is Bespoke for you?

bespoke adjective

(of goods,especially clothing) made to order. "a bespoke suit"

Deciding to have your dress custom made or made bespoke is a decision you need to think carefully about and there are several factors you need to consider.

(I should say that bespoke doesn't mean choosing a dress in a boutique and having it fitted which is common practice and is often labelled as 'bespoke' but it absolutely is NOT!)

The dress shown here was for Michelle Escoffery-Ojo, who has very kindly let me use her wonderful wedding photo's and my process images for this blog- Thankyou Michelle!

Getting started

After meeting at my studio for a free consultation where we talk through all your wedding plans, I develop ideas that meet your budget and suit your requirements. You may like a style of dress I already have or you want a completely new and unique idea! The process is collaborative, and you get to be part of that creative process! Exciting!

I will draw a few designs for you and when you're happy with the design, we can start making your beautiful dress.

The process

A pattern is cut to your unique measurements and then a 'toile' (calico sample) made up which is then fitted to you. Both your pattern and toile are exclusive to you and can't be used again on someone else as they wouldn't fit another body perfectly! The great thing here is that we can hide the bits you're less happy with, and enhance the loveliness! A good pattern cutter can work all sorts of magic for you!

Once the toile fits perfectly, I make amendments to the pattern and then get on with making your dress- which is the most time consuming part of the process. We will have selected fabrics and embellishments at your first fitting, which is where you are measured and all details about your dress are finalised.

The lace appliqued bodice shown above was entirely sewn by hand and took 7 whole days to complete! I loved every minute of it though and it looked so beautiful on Michelle. When she came for a fitting, we could iron out any imperfections, or where she felt there were issues with comfert or fit, I could make adjustments. The process is really an ongoing creative dialogue and I believe one we should both enjoy!

This beautiful image taken by Michelle's photographer Captured by JMA, shows the lace applique detail on the dresses chiffon skirt panels. There were 32 metres of fabric in the 4 layers of skirt!

Michelle also asked me to design and make an embellished headpiece and veil to go with the dress. I love making these almost as much as making dresses! i source vintage bits and pieces (I'm a magpie, I can't help myself) and then put them all together to create a one off custom piece. Michelle's had a really beautiful Edwardian paste diamante necklace which went beautifully with the bespoke ear rings made for her by Shalke Jewellery.

The Big Day

I just love this image of Michelle and Ozzie taken by KevinJoseph@responselondon.com. They look so happy and beautiful.

Bespoke dress and veil made by me, Hair by Michelle Sultan, Make up by Karen Salandy, flowers by dorisflorist.co.uk, bespoke ear rings and bracelet by Shalke Jewellery, bespoke rings by Darren Sherwood Designs, custom converse by Cinderwash, Grooms bespoke suit by Lee Marsh Bespoke, shoes by Joseph Cheaney, photographers- kevin Joseph @responselondon and Captured by JMA.

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