Gemma Sargent | COUTURE
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Couture

11206966_10152746182376481_6847003569753613001_nWe specialise in the creation of bespoke bridal gowns, bridal accessories (including veils, birdcage veils, bridal belts, sashes, hair pieces and boleros), evening and formal wear (including bridesmaid and mother of the bride outfits).  All bespoke items are designed and handmade in Scotland from the Edinburgh design studio which is filled with sample bridal gowns and accessories, dress samples, fabric, trims, crystals and beads, appliqués, embellishments and lace to inspire you for the design of your own unique dress design!
Our sample bridal gowns can be tried on to give you an idea of different silhouette types, construction, fabric types and drape and detailing so such as beadwork and appliqués. We know that deciding on these things for your own dress can seem daunting and often hard to imagine what they will all look like together once your dress is complete. That is why we have lots of sample bridal gowns, evening wear and mother of the bride outfits for you to see and try before you make these decisions for your own dress! We will guide you through all the options and let you have a good rummage through our fabric and lace shelves (always good fun!). We will let you see the many trims and beads that we have stocked to give you an idea of how your dress may be embellished and decorated to perfection. We can also let you try on our hair accessories and jewellery, including our veils, birdcages and bridal tiaras or perhaps even create something completely unique for you as a bespoke item to complete your look and coordinate with your bridal gown or outfit.

 

Design Process

 

Design Consultation

307306_10151236569366481_32404943_nYour initial design consultation is FREE of charge and you are under no obligation to proceed with your order at this stage.  At this appointment we will chat through the ideas that you have for your dress or outfit, discuss fabrics, trims, construction, the budget to which you are working to for your outfit and together we will begin sketching designs with you.  Following this appointment, an accurate quote will be prepared for you and fabric and trims can be ordered on your behalf to help you with those all important decisions for your outfit.  We stock fabrics and trims from Carrington Fabrics, James Hare and Platinum Bridal Fabrics and have their comprehensive range of fabric sample books in the studio for you to peruse.

 

Placing your order

 

Following your initial design consultation we invite you to come along to the studio to place your order with us.  At this point we will confirm with you your order details and take your full set of measurements (including the heel height you intend to wear with your dress/outfit).  A 30% deposit is then required and a signed and dated copy of our terms and conditions completed.

 

What next you ask? ….now the fun really does begin! We will begin drafting your own unique pattern for your dress/outfit and prepare a toile or prototype garment to test out the design and fit before we begin work in your chosen fabric…..exciting!

 

Fittings

 

At your first appointment with us we will arrange fitting dates and times with you to suit your schedule.  Most bespoke garments require approximately 4 fittings: a toile or test fitting, first fitting, final fitting and collection.  We will aim for your collection to be between 2-3 weeks before your wedding day or special occasion.  We feel that this allows plenty time and reassurance, especially for a perhaps anxious bride-to-be, knowing that your dress is complete and ready for your big day.

 

We advise that you bring the underwear and shoes (or those of the same heel height) that you intend to wear with your wedding dress/garment to your first and all other fittings.  We also advise that you wear minimal make-up to your fittings to prevent any soiling to your dress/outfit.

 

Lead time

 

Our standard lead times are 20 weeks for bespoke bridal gown orders, 16 weeks for bespoke evening and formal wear garments/outfits (including mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaids and prom dresses) and 12 weeks for bespoke bridal boleros and accessories from the date that your order is placed.  We would advise however, especially for bespoke garments required for summer weddings and events, that you contact the studio to arrange your first appointment as soon as is possible as we do get booked up quite quickly and, being a small team, are only able to take on a certain number of orders at any one time.  We are, on occasion, able to complete bespoke dress orders within shorter timescales than stated above. There is however, a limit to these ‘express orders’ and, due to the overtime required and pressure of the shorter lead times which they impose, these orders are subject to an express charge of 25% on their labour costs during our busy periods.

 

Costings

 

10704363_10152279766846481_4052301562830913534_oThe cost of creating a bespoke dress or outfit can vary considerably and depends on the exact design and nature of the garment, the fabric chosen and its cost per metre and the exact detailing required.  For this reason we are unable to provide an accurate quote for you until we have met with you and discussed your ideas and requirements.  We are happy to work with you to the budget you may have in mind for your dress offering design options and fabric suggestions that will suit.  To discuss your ideas with us please get in touch.