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Custom Dress Fitting

Custom Dress Fitting: Once your dream dress has been ordered and design has been discussed during your initial consultation with Iryna, we will start working on it. You can also keep a check on your own section of our website where we will send you information bulletins and keep you regularly updated.

1 First Fitting

Once you decide too proceed with our bespoke design services, we can schedule your First Fitting with Iryna.
During this first custom dress fitting, your measurements will be taken so that pattern drafting can begin.

Please note that all dresses are entirely bespoke, and with each dress being so different from another, it is impossible to stock a range available for trying on. But we will be happy to show some photos and a portfolio of our designs. This fitting takes about 45 mins to 1 hour. Any re-styling or additions (e.g. extra crystals, netting, changes to original lines etc) will also be discussed here.

A deposit of 50% is required so that work can begin.

If you live within 30 miles of Reston, Virginia area, fittings can take place at your home or workplace. Once the transformation is complete, the garment will be returned to you at the time of your convenience. A travel charge applies to this service.

Remember that while patterns and silhouette are still in progress, we can still build upon the design with tweaks and embellishments.

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2 Second and Third Fittings

Depending on your design and fit requirements, two or more fittings will be required, where you will try a simple cotton fabric mockup of your dress to check fit of the dress, and decide upon further design features before cutting in fine fabrics which will be closer to the end of the process.

If your gown has a lace-up corset, we would recommend where possible that your ‘dresser’ on the day accompany you to one of these appointments in order to learn the rudiments of the dress fastening and positioning.

The average time span from a first fitting through to a gown collection is approximately eight weeks. The custom wedding dress design and making process takes from 1 to 3 months.  In individual circumstances, there can be some flexibility.

3 Final Check Fitting

A few weeks before your special date we will call you for a final fitting to make any adjustments to the fit of the dress.

Final payment is due at delivery.

Even if you are not local and cannot see us physically, we can do all of the above processes long distance.

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IMPORTANT NOTES

1. At your fittings, it is important to wear your special day lingerie to see the effect they have on the shape of your body, and the shape of your dress.

2. Shoes are equally as important to bring along to make sure the hem length can be correctly calculated for your bespoke dresses.

3. Iryna can also design beautiful shoe accessories and gorgeous bridal accessories to match your gown! Just ask!

A few tips for you

Get the most from you experience with MILA Fashion:
  • Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what you want from your bespoke dresses.
  • Showing me a range of inspirations that you like, from shapes to textures and details. The inspirations can be from anywhere, and you can pick a detail from one dress, a color from another … it will all make sense in the end.
  • Love your body. Ok, that can be harder than it sounds, but it really is a good piece of advice. Not once have I ever agreed when a bride has told me their body hang-ups.
  • Don’t try to hide your body, or hide the parts you don’t like, Instead, enhance the parts you love.
  • Bring a trusted friend with you to your custom dress fitting for good advice.
  • I will give you my honest and professional advice, but nobody knows you better than you.
  • Bring only a handful of friends to avoid conflicting opinions.
  • Your choice is final. Your bespoke dresses are for you.
  • Please strive to meet all of your scheduled custom dress fitting to ensure the smooth running of the timetable for creating your dress.
  • Due to the nature of having a dress made, scheduled fittings may be a little irregular. There are certain points where I may need longer to create certain details. And some times where I need only a short while to tweak fit before I need to see you again. I may not cut the ‘real’ fabrics until closer to your wedding date to avoid big alterations to the final dress.
  • Try to think about your wedding day undies as soon as you can to make sure the fit of your dress is perfected early, (then we can focus on the pretty bits).
  • Think about your wedding shoes too! I will mostly leave a final hem length until the last minute to give as much time as possible to choose.
  • Please be understanding that I have other brides who I am busy working with bespoke dresses with who must receive the same due care and attention.
  • Weight loss is not a problem. Because your dress design is made in stages, especially for you, alterations can be made quite easily in most cases, especially during the toile stages. I prefer not to make extensive alterations to the final dress as it may jeopardize the final design of bespoke dresses.