My uniform for bespoke appointments is usually a piece of KD tailoring with something a little less formal.
Today I am wearing the KD Thora Jacket, this has been a staple piece for me this season. I am wearing printed silk trousers from ZARA and a white shirt – my bag for the day is a vintage case which was a beauty case but I have it filled with pins, pens, measuring tapes etc. The case was bought for me by one of my brides-to-be (she ordered 3 bespoke bridesmaids dresses) but the first time I met her the strap on my other case snapped as I stood on the doorstep. So thank you Karen and her lovely mum who sought out this special case for me!
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In the past 3-4 months I have had countless enquiries from brides-to-be looking for a Kirsty Doyle Bespoke wedding gown. A bespoke customer is looking for something unique and she knows exactly what she wants. I would advise a bespoke customer to get the following things ready for a consultation; images of inspiration- things you like, maybe create a colour palette – shades/tones you want for your final dress and finally good underwear – I will measure you at your consultation in preparation for your toile dress.
What is a toile dress? A toile dress is a practice or mock-up dress, this allows you to see the dress on. You can change straps, bust or shape of skirt, at this stage as it is usually made in cotton. I would advise the bride to wear good underwear, a bra with removable straps and a shoe with a heel similar to that worn on the day. The toile stage of a bespoke gown is really for the bride to visualise her dress, does it need straps, an underskirt or added support?
The toile stage of a bespoke gown could take up to 3 fittings to get right – it is important to be vocal at this stage and make sure you are getting the dream dress you always wanted.
The first fitting in your final fabric gives the bride another exciting milestone in the bespoke wedding gown process, they can feel the fabric of the dress and see how it drapes and moves. Further fittings are included to add details, underskirts and finally just before the big day the dress is lined and finished.
Up until the very end brides can add more underskirts, embellishments and accessories to make their dream dress perfect.
A bespoke dress can take anything from 6 weeks to 8 months depending on the brides timescale. The bride can have a fitting every week or every month, I fit the schedule around the bride. A bespoke wedding gown is something that the bride cherishes forever and can enjoy every fitting as they see their perfect dress being made before them.
As a designer I have loved every wedding dress I have created, to work with a customer for anything up to a year is a very rewarding process. When I dress the bride on her wedding day and see the overall reaction to the dress it fills me with pride and makes realise how special it is to be part of something so precious.
Email me for more information on Bespoke wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses or mother of the bride/groom outfits.
If you are visiting Liverpool I highly recommend the Hope Street Hotel. It’s an award winning boutique hotel in the centre of Liverpool. They are a dog-friendly, iron your clothes, lend you a bow-tie kind of hotel. I thought it was worth a mention in the blog, despite everything else the view of Liverpool is fantastic!
I absolutely loved wearing the Pearl Dress, I wore it with a little cream fascinator to the church and took it off once I got to the reception. My make-up was quite neutral as I wanted to keep it simple, I used metallic tones on my eyes and a blush on my cheeks.
Sarah’s 1920’s themed wedding on Saturday was such a sweet day. Sarah’s attention to detail was obvious in the bridesmaid’s twenties style finger curls and blushed cheeks, the girls gave home made cake-pops to each guest as they arrives at the Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool. Each cake-pop had a little tag saying “I DO”.
Sarah wore a lace dress with pearl buttons down the back, her dark hair was in a chic up do with ringlets softening the look. A dash of red lipstick and a unique bouquet made her look like a contemporary art-deco diva. Ollie, the groom wore a petrol blue suit with the attention to detail being a lemon crotched style tie, gold tie pin and gold cufflinks.
The day was finished with a 20’s style band she met in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and 3 flapper style dancing girls.