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When should I order my gown?

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One of the most frequent questions I receive is: "when should I order my gown?" If I were a bride today and planning my wedding any time within a year of the wedding is a good time to order.  My production schedule books out anywhere from 8-16 weeks depending on the time of year.  When you place your order that means there could be at least 8 weeks of orders ahead of yours.  It is important to plan ahead especially when working with a seamstress that does custom work.  We like ample time and get tired of staying up late.  There may also be production delays because of back ordered supplies so ordering ahead of schedule helps both of us whilst any delays.

Taking rush orders usually means I am willing to stay up late and work on your gown and sacrifice sleep.  I do receive requests to make custom gowns in less than 2 weeks.  It is next to impossible to take those rush orders.  I usually have to order fabrics as soon as you place an order and that can take at least a week to receive.  Rush orders are now very limited and will usually require a rush fee when ordered less than 30 days prior to your event.

What if I plan to order a gown and am worried about loosing weight?  

You can still place a deposit for a custom gown to hold your place in line.  If I am booked out 12 weeks that gives you 12 weeks to loose weight and submit your measurements.  Remember corsets lace tighter!  

*If you place a deposit in June and want a gown finished by October you can literally wait almost all summer to send me your measurements.  Much better to plan early then later. ;) 

New silk fabrics

Finding affordable high quality fabrics is one of the challenges designers face.  The price of materials will either drastically increase or decrease the price of a couture design.  This custom made skirt is made from silk taffeta.  Silk taffeta is difficult to find below $45.00 yard.  I am now offering designs in silks.  Silk can [...]

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Mother of the Groom Dresses were the theme this September

The Secret Boutique can now add custom mother of the groom dresses to the portfolio.  It's difficult enough to find a youthful, elegant, and beautiful dress for mom's of the bride's/groom's to be.  Finding a steampunk theme dress is even more difficult but I created this beautiful 3 piece silk ensemble for Mary.  She needed [...]

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Working with Nicole Nichols

I contacted Nicole Nichols this past spring to do a creative photo shoot.  I was captured by her beautiful website and noticed she photographed traditional and alternative weddings.  Her photography is beyond stunning and I thought her take would be perfect for the new line of bridal gowns I wanted to debut this fall.  Knowing [...]

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New Gowns made from Silk fabrics

Silk dresses are my favorite to make.  The rich and vibrant color of silk fabric really pops on camera.  Whenever I have a consultation for a custom dress I also recommend silk taffeta, satin, or dupioni.  There is nothing like the feel of silk, it's natural properties allow it to breathe and layering it creates [...]

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Working with Erik Cooper

This summer I had the chance to work with photographer Erik Cooper.  Erik's photography is perfect for catalogs.  It has been difficult to find photographers that focus on the clothing design itself.  While I understand the need for artistic photography (fantasy style shoots) my customers still like the simplistic clean views of my designs.  Erik [...]

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