The Dressmaking Process

From concept to reality

The process of designing a custom gown requires a basic understanding of your personality and body type. It also requires trusting and collaborative interaction. Brooks strives to understand your clothing needs and your lifestyle so she can create the perfect-fitting gown for you.

Great relationships happen when there is a sense of creativity, fun, and a challenge. This is what Brooks strives for with every design.

Dressmaking: The Creation of a Dress in Simple Steps

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Make an appointment for a consultation at least 8 weeks before your event.

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Meet to discuss the event, the ensemble ideas and your personal needs for the occasion.

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Based on our discussions, I will sketch ideas for your event. You will come back to finalize the ideas and fabrics, and I’ll take measurements.

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An ensemble will be created for the next fitting. Depending on the design, this fitting may be in the fashion fabric or in a prototype fabric.

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Fitting and final adjustments, delivery at this time.

In your initial consultation, we will discuss the wants and needs of your special occasion: type of gown, fabrication, body concerns, venue, color requirements, and timeline.

You will be able to try on several completed sample garments to get a feeling for the quality and overall fit of a finished piece. I will also discuss current fashion trends.

Next, I will combine inspiration with the ideas from your initial consultation to create several design sketches, which we’ll review together and choose the idea you like best.

We may even end up combining parts from a few different sketches to find the right style and fit. Then the fashion fabric is selected and measurements are taken for your first fitting.

After the final design has been selected, I will create the “muslin,” a prototype piece that resembles the final garment. At your first fitting, adjustments will be made and agreed upon before the fashion fabric is cut.

At your second fitting, you will be wearing the fashion fabric, so you will be able to see and feel the final design. We’ll mark any adjustments, which will be made before your final fitting.

At your final fitting, your garment will be pressed and ready for delivery. You will try it on and if any minor adjustments are needed, those will be executed on-site at the atelier.

A few photos of the final garment will be made, and then you will receive final delivery of your Brooks original!

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