Betsy Couture specializes in creating custom wedding gowns inspired by you! Whether it’s a turn-of-the-century bustle gown, a Hollywood Glamor gown, a fun-flirty-fifties dress, or a rustic vintage-inspired look all your own, we help you transform your vision into a stunning piece of wearable art that reflects your taste and personality.
At our initial consultation we will get to know each other. We’ll explore how the process works, discuss the time-table for creating an original gown, and focus on your vision for your unique gown. As the designer, it is important for me to understand how you envision your wedding day celebrations. The more I understand about you, and the total look and feel of your event, the more I will be able to design a dress incorporating the personal details that are uniquely you.
You are the driving force behind the dress design. With careful thought and purpose, at our design meeting, we will pinpoint your preferences and create your vision based on:
- your ideas, photos, sketches
- your personal likes and dislikes
- your vision for your completely original wedding gown
- fabrics, laces, overlays, embellishments
- details such as buttons, closures, trims, beading
- your body shape & size
- your skin tone & color
- other available options stemming from your desired design
With your approval to move forward, once you have decided on all the aspects of your gown style, details and fabrics, I will sketch your gown. We may go through several revisions until it is perfect for you. I will take your measurements and get started creating the gown.
I will create a pattern based on the one-dimensional drawing that I have created. This pattern is specifically created to the specifications of your gown design and your personal measurements.
From the pattern, I create a muslin. A Muslin is a mock-up of a pattern. It is traditionally made from muslin fabric. It is the first step in fitting the one-dimensional pattern to your body.
At the 1st Fitting you will put on the muslin. I will check the fit of the muslin on you; pin, pinch and mark up the muslin at the shoulders, neckline, sleeves, back, waistline, and hips as needed to create a perfect fit.
I will take the muslin apart and use it to make the first pattern of your wedding gown. I will have marked new seam lines, fitted the darts, balanced out the pieces and made other adjustments as needed. Depending on the design you’ve created and how it fits your body, this step may be repeated several times.
This marked up muslin now becomes the second pattern. I will use this second pattern with all its modifications to make the test garment. You will try on the test garment at the 2nd fitting. I will make necessary modifications specifically targeted at the neckline, sleeve length, hem line and any other places that need attention.
I will pick out the seams again in this test garment and use it for the final pattern. I now have a garment that fits you like a glove! I will use this final pattern to cut the fashion fabrics of your custom designed wedding gown.
At the 3rd fitting you will try on your wedding gown made from the real fabric. At this fitting we will finalize everything: the hem length, the sleeves, the neckline, the details that will be added, etc.
The 4th or final fitting, you will put on your finished original custom wedding gown. It is ready for you to take home. It will be packed in a bridal gown bag and on a special hanger. If you ordered a custom veil or headpiece, that will be ready for you at this fitting also.