FAQ'S

What happens if I buy a dress on the internet and it’s too small for me?

There are a number of ways I can alter and customise the dress to create a gown that fits you perfectly. Contact me by filling in my online contact form or giving me a call. I offer a free 15- minute consultation to find out if I’m able to alter your dress.



Can you make a dress smaller? What parts of the dress are easily sized down?

I can make a dress smaller, usually up to two to three sizes. Some styles are easier to resize than others, so it’s best to contact me to discuss.



What do I need to know before buying a dress online?

Online sellers will have different requirements when you place an order. They may have a measurement chart that you will need to fill out. I offer a measurement service for a small fee.



I offer appointments to take your measurements and fill out the measurement chart with you.

Click to call or complete the online form to request an appointment.



What do I need to do before I have my personal measurements taken?

It is always wise to buy your lingerie before the measurements are finalised. This way you can expect a much better fit and shape for your intended gown. This also applies if you are having a bespoke gown created for you. Shoes are also helpful if they are important for height and body length.



What if the dress I purchased is not the correct fit for me?

Unfortunately, until you receive your dress and try it on, there are no guarantees it will fit perfectly. I have extensive experience making alterations and can adjust most dresses to fit you for your special day.


  • If it is too small, it may be a simple matter of adding a panel with features like ribbon ties, loops or beautiful lace.
  • If it is too large, I may be able to alter where there is too much fabric.
  • It is always best to make an appointment to find out where alterations need to be done, how long it will take and how much it will cost.



What is the biggest mistake brides make when purchasing a dress online?

Expecting that it will be the perfect fit, colour and length. While these sites will ask for your measurements, the dresses are not custom made. They may still need alterations to fit you.



What do I need to bring to my consultation?

For an alteration, I ask that you wear the underwear you intend to wear with the dress including a bra or padded bra. Please also bring along the shoes you want to wear with the gown or the height of the shoes as this will impact on the hem.


If you are having a dress custom designed please bring the following to your first consultation:


  • pictures, sketches, ideas and any research you have done
  • include photocopies of pictures and sketches so we can make notes on them. For example, you may want the sleeves from one dress with the skirt or bodice from another dress



How long should I allow for my dress to be altered?

From your first consultation to your final fitting it should take approximately four weeks for me to alter your dress.



What do I need to do if I want a dress custom designed?

If you want a dress custom designed, please get in touch with me as soon as possible with a starting idea for your dress and a date. Allow plenty of time, the more time the better.

If you haven’t already, start researching the type of design you want. Collect pictures, ideas and any other bits and pieces important to you, including fabric ideas.



What do I need to bring to my first visit for a bespoke dress?

A consultation is all you need to start. We can discuss your ideas and budget and create a gown you will love for your special day.


Please bring the following to your first consultation:


  • pictures, sketches, ideas and any research you have done
  • include photocopies of pictures and sketches so we can make notes on them. For example, you may want the sleeves from one dress with the skirt or bodice from another dress



What advice do you give to clients who would like a bespoke dress professionally made for them?

Please phone or email me with all your information including the event date and your design ideas for the dress. Further information like fabric, laces or trims is also helpful. If you don’t have the fabric, I can help organise it for you.


A consultation is all you need to start. We can discuss your ideas and budget and create a gown you will love for your special day.



How long should I allow for my bespoke dress to be made?

It depends on the type of dress you would like, but generally from our first consultation to your final fitting it should take approximately six to 12 months. If you have a date for your wedding or an event, get in touch and book it in my diary. Once you have date, even if it’s 12 months away, you’ve reserved your spot.

This allows for us to discuss your ideas, inspiration and design. It also gives us time to purchase fabric and any accessories.



When should I contact a dressmaker?

As early as possible. Contact me as soon as you have an event and dress in mind. That way, you can book a place in my schedule. It takes time to alter, fine tune and create a dress.

It usually takes at least two fittings for an alteration and more for a bespoke gown. Get in touch with me early and we can work together to meet your event deadline.



What dresses have you made?

I have experience creating many types of gowns for weddings, formals and events. To see examples of my work and my happy clients visit my portfolio page 


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