What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Our first meeting, which is complimentary, we will get to know each other and talk about your vision for your beautiful wedding day - the venue, the flowers, the ceremony and all those other wonderful details. We will analyze the different styles of gowns that you like and what you do not like. Then comes time for your measurements so it is important to have the type of undergarments that you will wear because this can seriously affect some critical measurements.
Next comes the fun part, putting YOUR measurements into the computer and begin designing your gown! From this first meeting, I will have enough information to give you an estimate for the labor and materials to make the gown.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly discovering new sewing tricks, that make me say, why did I not think of this before?
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Adding embellishments such as beading to a gown requires hours of hand sewing which cannot be estimated ahead of time; for this type of detail work, I charge an hourly rate of $20
How did you get started doing this type of work?
After retiring after 40 years as a chemical engineer, I realized that sitting home without something challenging to do was just not me. While making a wedding gown as my gift to a friend's daughter, she suggested that I use my sewing talents to create gowns for other girls, especially since I knew how to FIT all different size gals.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Large wedding parties with several bridesmaids with a broad range of sizes and heigths are especially hard to find flattering dresses. This is where having custom made dresses is a good solution.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
For a first time bride in her 50's, I recreated her mother's 50's tea length gown that made her cry when she saw it! For a third time bride in her sixties, she said my creation was perfect compared to her first two.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Remember that when looking at cheap gowns shown on Chinese websites, "Buyer Beware" and "You get what you pay for". You can see and touch my fabric samples and I will make a cotton mock up of your dress so you KNOW what material it will be made from and that it will FIT!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Just because someone has sewn from commercial patterns does not mean they are capable of creating a wedding gown from an idea.