The first step in the Design Process is a one-to-one consultation with me in my Dublin studio.
Having a garment made is a creative collaboration where, after measurements have been taken, you’ll have the chance to explore a wide variety of fabric samples and discuss any unique design elements that you would like to see in your finished garment.
As a dressmaker in Dublin, many of my clients come with their own ideas garnered from photographs, favourite wardrobe pieces, or images from catwalk collections.
Once you are happy with the design, and you have chosen some fabrics you love, I will then order some swatches so you can get a clear picture of what your finished garment will look and feel like.
The next step involves making an appointment to return to the studio for a fitting of the toile which is made up in calico or lining material. It is at this point that the design and fit of your garment are refined to ensure your garment will hang perfectly on your figure. Then, you’ll finalise your fabric choices. I recommend a lead in time of 4-6 months for weddings, other garments will depend on availability.
Depending on the complexity of your garment, there will be a further two to five fittings to make detailed refinements before your finished garment is finally ready to wear.