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Choosing your wedding dress is such a personal decision. You want to make sure it is perfectly created, just for you! Our process is very personalized and you can be assured you’ll be getting the very best because we believe in creative solutions versus popular ones.
Don’t worry! Our process ensures you will feel confident in the choices you make when getting your gown designed. We’ll work with you to learn your style, fabric and color choices, and more so you feel comfortable with what we’ll create.
Feel like you can’t find the right dress?
Want your vision brought to life?
Have appreciation for couture fashion?
Mock Dress to confirm fit & style
1-1 Designer Attention
Optional Veil to perfectly match
A Custom Couture Gown!
Women love these! These are nice and soft beige bra cups that are sewn directly on the inside of your dress for great shape and are also very comfortable.
Love these! Remember when people wore corsets in the old fashion days? I sell bustier bras that are the modern take on the old style corsets. The really lift the girls up and also define the waist. These are really great with strapless dresses, and often I even suggest having this bra sewn into your dress so it REALLY holds itself in place. You will never have to ‘pull up’ your dress throughout the night! Great posture is an added bonus!
the body circumference at the fullest level of your bust.
In modern-day terms, a bustle is a series of loops/ties/buttons that hook up the train of your dress after the ceremony so you can move about the reception easily. Your bridal party, mother, or close friend will need to be responsible for this and (ideally) even come with you to your last dress fitting appointment to learn how to attach it. A common misconception is that your wedding dress already came with a bustle, which is not the norm. You will be shown all the different styles that work with your gown at your fitting appointment!
A hem is the activity of shortening the length of your dress. For most floor-length dresses, I hem so the dress just sweeps the floor. However, I will go shorter if you aspire more ease of movement. Keep in mind I will need you in your correct shoes to pin the dress properly so I suggest you bring them to every fitting appointment
The hipline is the body circumference at the fullest level of your hips.
These are VERY important and often overlooked. They are tiny metal products, one piece is a metal hook, and one piece is a metal loop that attach to each other. They are sewn on either side of the top of the zipper on every dress, it ensures the zipper will not unzip throughout the day!
This term I use to describe making your dress ‘larger’ at either the bustline, waistline, or hips, or all three! Hopefully, your dress has room in there for me to do so easily. Or, worst case, we add a little fabric strip in there. This is especially possible with dresses that have lace details as I can use the lace to overlap onto this fabric strip, ultimately making this alteration completely un-noticeable.
Cotton material often used in mock-ups for custom dresses. Muslin garment bags are also a great alternative if you are not having your dress professionally stored right away.
These words are often used interchangeably in the bridal industry. Some dresses come with a little netting or crinoline within the skirt of your dress itself. Sometimes, if we want to enlarge the skirt of your dress, we add a separate slip/crinoline. Often, designers create these dresses with the expectation that you add a separate slip/crinoline. Don’t be sorry for having to wear this separately, it is actually more comfortable that way!
This term I use to describe making your dress ‘smaller’ at either the bustline, waistline, or hips, or all three! This is something we do when your dress is too big and I do so at the side seams, evenly on both sides of your dress.
Tulle: The material your veil is made of! Can also be found in illusion tops and elsewhere on dresses. It is like a netting material made of either cotton, nylon, or even silk.
Separates the upper and lower parts of a garment. It is the smallest part of body circumference between the bustline and hip line.
Color, mood board, fabrics, and style are all discussed and selected in the beginning stages that lead to a semi-final design. Measurements are taken and initial sewing patterns are created.
A muslin fabric mock garment will be sewn up. This is intended to simulate what your final gown will look like in terms of shape and style. You will try this on and Sarah will fine-tune the dress to achieve that perfect fit. Any design tweaks necessary can be made at this point.
Your final fabric will be cut and sewn into the gown of your dreams!
Professionally sewn alterations
1-2 Additional fittings
Pressing of service areas
Schedule your initial consultation with Sarah.
We’ll meet to discuss your dream dress and ideal fit.
The sewing is complete and you take your gown home!
Great! You can schedule a no-obligation call with Sarah Kolis to discuss your anything and everything about dream dress!
If you have your dress and shoes, you can do so as soon as you wish! Or, 6-8 weeks before the wedding for a wedding gown, and 4-6 weeks for all other dresses.
Of course! This is a special moment and I encourage family/friends to attend with you.
Dress and shoes most important! Also bring any particular undergarments, accessories, veil, if you wish to try any of those on as well!
At your first fitting appointment, mention to Sarah that you would like the dress steamed! If this is a destination event, it is best to package the dress nicely and steam it at the final location.
Of course, no prior notice needed if she is coming at the same time as you! Make sure she also has the dress and shoes!
Typically, an hour for wedding gowns and a half hour for all other dresses.
Yes, please! You may tag @SarahKolisDesigns for any custom or alterations service, I would love to re-post!
Please mention this in the comments when booking your appointment. Three weeks before the event is safe but feel free to reach out to Sarah Kolis with any other concerns!
Of course! Schedule your fitting as soon as possible, or email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately! I will do my best to fit you in as soon as possible.
Of course, I would be happy to accommodate! Let's discuss this together!
Of course, I love vintage restorations! I can alter to fit and/or change the style.
I would love a review! My page on The Knot would be great. I will send you a follow up questionnaire to answer a few questions after working together.
I can’t wait to hear all about your love story and the vision you have for your big day.
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