The first step in the design process starts with a consultation, fabric samples, and sketches. Fabrics are beginning to be sourced, samples of appliques and laces are found if desired, and details are discussed. At this time and estimate is made and payments are discussed. A timeline will be discussed of when your gown will be made and all the steps necessary to create your vision.
The second step is measurements. I will send out a measurement chart if you are ordering online. In person measurements are taken if you order locally during the consultation process.
The third step is the muslin or toile. A copy of your corset pattern is made in cotton to be fitted. When ordering online you can expect the fabric samples to usually be sent with the muslin. A skype fitting may be scheduled if needed. Most muslin fit copies fit almost perfect and rarely need major alterations. Some designs may require a skirt muslin or in person draping of a pattern if completely custom. Your gown fabric will be ordered between steps 3 and 4 if you are awaiting samples.
The fourth step is finalizing fitting details of the fit and color choices. In rare cases a second muslin may be needed to check fit. Once these steps are finalized and I feel that the fit of your pattern is beautiful I begin cutting your design out.
The fourth step is construction of your design, finishing and embellishing (if requested). Final photos may be sent for approval depending on time frame. Your final payment will be collected before the gown is finished. Many times construction photos will be shown on social media while your design is being made. If you have a special color or design that is not in my current line I will wait until after your special day to show the world your design.
The final step is picking up your gown or shipping out. I carefully package each design in clear plastic and tissue paper and send a tracking number as soon as it ships out.