Custom wedding dresses, Vancouver!
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“I’d like a custom wedding dress made! How does the process work? How can we get started?”
Whether you are looking for a custom wedding dress, ball gown or other formal dress, the process is very easy!
Step One: Consultation
We offer a free custom dress consultation in our downtown Vancouver studio. During your first visit, we will sit down with you and get some ideas for your dress. Bring any pictures of styles that you like, and we can use them as inspiration and as a guide to creating your own unique garment. During step one we will discuss fabric choices, time constraints, budget, and any concerns you may have about the appropriate style for your body type.
Step Two: Drawings
Using the ideas discussed during the consultation, we put together several ideas for your custom made wedding dress. We explain each option to you and show you samples of fabrics that would work for each style. At this stage, we will have quotes for each style including options for added details and fabric options. Once you have made your choices, we put it in writing and take your measurements.
Step Three: Muslin Fittings
The first fitting will be a mock up of your dress in a test fabric. Wearing the same shoes and undergarments as you will be wearing for your special event, we will make sure that your custom piece looks good on you, and make any necessary alterations. This step gives you the opportunity to get a preview of what your dress will look like, and the chance to make minor changes before your real fabric is cut. Despite the unfinished seams and usually odd colours, this is also the stage where we see the most excitement, as it is the first stage of your custom made dress coming to reality.
Step Four: Fittings
At this stage in the process, you are introduced to your custom-fitted, uniquely-designed creation. Again wearing the appropriate underwear and shoes, you will try on your dress in our studio, and the experts at pure (something) will assess your outfit for fit, style, and comfort. Appropriate adjustments will be made to ensure that the dress conforms with the design set out in step two. The number of fittings you will have will depend on the complexity of the design and how the fit is working out. Typically, we do 2-3 fittings along the way to completing the garment, but this will vary based on each client.
Step Five: Ready to Go!
You are ready to go! You now have a one-of-a-kind piece to wear to your special event. When your event is over, please feel free to send us pictures if you would like to be included in our pure reality section. We love hearing about how your event went!