Bespoke Process

The bespoke process starts with your ideas. Pinterest can be very helpful for a visual aid to get your ideas across or brides often send me images from google, this can be the neckline of one dress you love and a particular train shape of another. For a free no obligation quotation please email images or a description of the styles you love to:

Chantelle: 0770 354 1515 or info@chantellesophia.com. Prices from £1,400

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Illustrations are created by myself based on your design ideas, along with some variations that I will draw up for us to chat through in further detail.

I have in stock hundreds of beautiful fabric and lace samples for you to browse in person at your free initial design consultation and guidance will be offered for the best type of fabric for your favourite design ideas and the most flattering shades for your skin tone.

A 25% deposit is required for confirmation, once this has been sent I will start drafting your individual dress pattern based on your exact measurements. Lets face it absolutely nobody is the same and that’s why having a bespoke dress will always feel amazing to wear compared to a standard fashion size. 

The first fitting is a traditional mock up of the chosen design, checking the silhouette before final high end fabrics are ordered and cut. This stage is perfect to try out different neckline styles or different sleeves, basically designing in 3D using fabric on you in front of the mirror. The most fun part! This means that I never go straight from paper design to the finished dress, mostly because finalising the design in fabrics on your body is super important as its the best way to ensure your design is altered to really suit you.

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I offer my guidance and expertise along the way, tweaking and perfecting the style and fit over 4-6 appointments. This means that you have a say in the design throughout your whole dress journey, right down to the choice of buttons such as pearl, satin or crystal to name a few.

Your bridal outfit is carefully created in house with high end fabrics, often crafted using hand sewn couture techniques. Embellishments and final details will be positioned on you in person, we will always work closely together to create the dream dress you have in mind. Don’t worry if you are unsure on the little details these always come together and develop with your dress style as we go along, you may be surprised at how easy and exciting it is to be a part of the complete design process!

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If you have any questions regarding the bespoke wedding dress process please just ask. Visit my Photo Shoot page for styled look book images using my sample dresses and to see some examples of my previous bespoke bridalwear visit the page Past Brides.

Workroom and behind the scenes images Originally Lauren Photography