If you’d like to order a garment, just drop me a line with your wishes. We’ll start with an
intake, so I can get to know you. I’ll be asking you to make a mood board with pictures of
clothes you like colours you love. This way I will learn your preferences and style.
Together we’ll formulate your requirements. Next up is taking your measurements. A precise job that takes some time. Don’t be tempted to breath in and hold your breath, you want comfortably fitting garments!
Ideally I will work with a mannequin (dress form) of your body. With a dress form of your body in my studio I’ll be able to check the pattern and the fabric every time I need to do so.
Did you know that you simply can make one mannequin yourself at home? Or I can help you to make one.
After using it for your first order, I can use your mannequin for future orders.
Then I take some time thinking about the design that will fit you perfectly. I start each project with an iteration of ideas, which evolves progressively from a few lines to a first sketch. I draw fashion sketches using pencils, liners and markers. You will receive this drawing of a unique design I had in mind for you personally.
My favourite part of the project is thinking about the design and getting every aspect of it perfectly right for you. It’s essential to find the right fabric, while selecting the right haberdashery is just as important. Next you’ll receive a drawing of the design, the so called Fashion Sketch.
I transform the fashion sketch into a croquis. A croquis is a design attuned to the body proportions of the customer.
After your approval it comes down to the craftsmanship of converting the drawing into a
pattern. I use traditional skills. After double-checking the pattern, I pin the pattern pieces on toile fabric, an unbleached cotton, and cut out the design. Then I stitch the pieces together to make a toile: a first version of the garment for testing the pattern. After a fitting I make some alterations if needed. The process is repeated using the final fabric and lining. Then I cut the pattern from the fabric and pin and stitch the parts together for fitting.
After meticulous sewing construction, your garment will be ready for you to wear and love.
Price structure of tailor-made business look body-con dress Constance
- Making a mannequin and taking measurement 150 optional *1)
- Iteration of ideas and drawing a fashion sketch 75 optional *2)
- Attuning the design to your body proportions and croquis 50
- Making a pattern 150
- Toile version of the design 100 optional *3)
- Fabrics and haberdashery 80-100 *4)
- Stitching and fitting the final body-con dress 180 *5)
1. In case you like a tailor-made business dress for yourself we start with taking measurements and making a dress form of your body with ducktape. This will take about 2 hours of your time. When you are living in a wheelchair making a doll of your body will take some more time and is a bit trickier. Note that you have to be able to sit upright for a longer period of time.
Remember that it is pretty easy to make a dress form of yourself at home. All you have to do is buying ducktape, plenty of pillow filling and a tight fitting T-shirt and asking a friend to help you to make a mannequin / torso of you in the comfort of your home.
For instruction-videos ‘How to make a torso with Ducktape?’ watch YouTube / Pinterest. You can put the dress form in a box and send it to me and safe money.
2. By choosing one of my existing designs, for example the ‘business look bodycon dress’, you have indicated your preference for the design, so we will skip the iteration of ideas and the
drawing of a fashion sketch.
A regular part is making a croquis, by attuning the design to your body proportions. After your approval I have to convert the drawing into a pattern.
3. For testing the pattern I will make an unbleached cotton version of the pattern.
Remember that making the first version of the design in toile fabric and getting every aspect of it perfectly right for you is optional.
4) I will do the shopping to find the right fabric and haberdashery and lining. For the business look bodycon dress made of summer wool I estimate the costs of the materials at 80 -100 euro’s,
or more depending on your requirements.
5) At last but not least there is the cutting of the final fabrics and linings and stitching the parts together for fitting. Fitting sessions are included.