Request an Appointment
Contact me to arrange an online bespoke couture consultation. I offer a minimum one hour consultation for $110.00 AUD inc GST and am available to meet Monday to Friday and on Saturdays. We will discuss your requirements, the design, style, colours and fabrics you desire. I’ll also take your measurements, recommend a range of fabric swatches for you to consider and discuss timeframes, the couture production process and commission agreement. This service is available by telephone, online via video conference and in person in Brisbane Australia.
Request a Couture Quote
I will prepare a quote for you following your bespoke couture consultation. The quote will include a Bespoke Couture Proposal to fulfil your order and which will form the couture commission agreement. Please allow a minimum of one week to receive your quote.
Secure your Order
The Couture Commission
Once a quote is approved I will prepare a bespoke couture commission agreement for you to sign. This agreement and a deposit paid to secure your order must be made before the commission can commence.
The agreement includes a comprehensive proposal to confirm and fulfil your order. This includes an estimated production timeframe and payment plan, measurements and design specifications including agreed materials, and appointments for toile fittings and review of any embroidery design samples.
More than one toile and multiple fittings may be required to ensure you are satisfied with the comfort, fit and appearance of your bespoke order and any embroidery designs. I can also fit toiles on a custom sized mannequin in my studio and send you photos of the fitting and the progress of your order. I do not ship toiles or sample embroideries. These must be fitted and inspected in person with me in Brisbane, Australia or at your preferred location* (subject to additional charges).
Embroidery designs can be resampled for further review until the final design and materials are agreed. Please note this can delay the completion of the commission and additional time needs to be allowed for this.
Production can take a few weeks up to a few months depending on the order. I recommend contacting me well in advance of any planned event you require your order to be completed by. Below is a guide for a bespoke couture commission, excluding hand embroidery.
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The Bespoke Couture Production Process
A typical couture commission can take approximately three months to complete. Below is a table showing a couture commission with four fittings, excluding hand embroidery.
- Couture Consultation 10% 10%
- Design and Patternmaking 20% 20%
- Toile Fittings and Alterations 30% 30%
- Bespoke Couture Production 50% 50%
- First Bespoke Couture Fitting 70% 70%
- Second Bespoke Couture Fitting 80% 80%
- Final Bespoke Couture Fitting 90% 90%
- Final Commission Payment / Order Delivered 100% 100%
Bespoke Vintage Couture
I love to collect vintage Vogue Couturier dressmaking patterns and resize them to fit the modern woman. I also love working with new and vintage fabrics and trims to create a ‘new’ vintage look for my clients.
If you would love to have one of my vintage patterns bespoke made, please take the following into consideration.
I hold a limited collection of vintage dress patterns including Vogue Paris Original Couture from the 1930’s to the 1960’s by designers Jean Patou, Lanvin Castillo and Jean Desses. These are available in a limited range of sizes that do not correspond with today’s clothing size conventions for women’s wear.
Depending on their complexity, I can resize or alter them to a custom size ranging from size 8 to 18 provided that the alteration does not compromise the integrity of the design. This mean I can only make minor changes to the design to accommodate alternative sizes. My goal is to try to accommodate my clients as much as possible and conserve the designer’s legacy.
Vintage materials or any particular material I find for a bespoke order may also be limited at any given time. Shipping materials from overseas suppliers may cause delays in fulfilling a bespoke order. It is important that these items be ordered promptly once found to avoid missing out. I am happy to consider requests from clients wishing to use their own vintage patterns and materials for their bespoke order.