The Custom Experience
Having a custom made gown is a unique experience that all my brides absolutely love.
I know your wedding gown is a big decision and very important to you. I offer a level of personal service, knowledge and attention that will immediately put you at ease. Your gown will surpass expectations in everything from design and fit, to quality and construction. I can assure you a fun and enjoyable experience.
Finding your ideal wedding gown should be an experience you enjoy. I hear from more and more brides that are disappointed with the service and selection of traditional boutiques. Many are unhappy with the same designs that seem to be offered everywhere, the poorly made overpriced gowns that don’t fit, or the additional charges for changes and expensive alterations. I am offering a solution to all of that.
Working directly with me, I can create any look, feel or design you wish for your gown. I develop your personal fit and incorporate changes and alterations we discuss to your gown before it is even cut in the real fabric. This ensures the finished look will fit you to perfection and there are no alteration charges.
Mass produced gowns are generally completed in just 1 to 3 days, which is standard in the industry. A Jeffrey James gown is meticulously constructed and finished by hand using the best couture techniques and artistry learned and developed over a long career. Your gown is created over weeks, not days, providing a much higher standard of workmanship, service, value and integrity for your money than you will find with any store bought gown.
Prices start at $2500 and depend on the individual design and how much fabric, lace, and beading that is ultimately chosen to create your one-of-a-kind gown.
Each Jeffrey James bride is offered a basic veil of any length to finish off her look free of charge.
Consultations are free
You can discuss your thoughts on the style, silhouette, fabrics, details, budget and any other ideas you may have about your gown.
You will see samples of some of my gowns and see the pride, craftsmanship and care I take in creating each piece.
Consultations are free and you are under no obligation or pressure. Should you decide to move forward at this time measurements will be taken.
First appointment: Initial Canvas Fitting
A basic fitting in cotton muslin fabric will be tailored and pinned on you to begin the custom fitting process. Once this has been fit to your body, more specific details of your gown will be added later, which will be discussed in more detail at this time.
Based on your initial consultation, additional fabric samples and sketches will be shown.
Second: Detailed Canvas Fitting
A more detailed fitting in cotton muslin fabric will be tailored and pinned on you as you see the shape and proportion of your gown begin to take form.
Third: Initial Fabric Fitting
Now that the custom fit of your gown has been worked out, it is time to cut and sew your actual fabric and begin to create your gown.
Any remaining details are discussed and finalized at this time.
Fourth: Detailed Fabric Fitting
Your gown will be almost complete with just a few last minute details to check and finish.
Any remaining adjustments are made at this time.
Your gown will be finished and after a final check in the mirror, you will be able to leave with your custom couture gown ready for your walk down the aisle!
The design and creation of your gown generally takes 6 to 8 months, depending on your timeline and the complexity of the gown.
It is possible to create a gown in less time if you are on a deadline, but it would depend on my schedule and availability.
The evolution of gowns throughout different fittings