The team at Caleche are devoted to producing high quality dresses. We take great care in making the emotional journey of creating your gown a stress-free and pleasurable experience. As your wedding day is important to us our philosophy is to keep the process as calm and memorable as possible. At our Norwood store you will be assured of the couture process explained below
1. Choosing a Gown
First, you will choose the style and fabric of your gown. At Calèche we have many styles to choose from in store ,or alternatively we can create a new design or personalise a gown to suit your style and budget. Once the gown is decided upon, and you have placed a formal order, you will receive a folder containing fabrics swatches and a sketch of your gown
Next you will attend a measuring appointment, where a fitter will take all body measurements as well as a visual rendition of posture. From this information the pattern maker will draft a specific pattern, from which a calico or 1st sample will be made for your next fitting.
3. The 1st Fitting
The first “calico toile” is a mock-up of the dress, and it will be fitted to the body to ascertain the most accurate fit and proportion to create a dress that is as flattering as possible. The pattern will then be perfected to incorporate any adjustments made in the toile fitting.
The “1st Fitting” will consist of the fabric of the gown (usually the skirt only) and the interlining (usually the bodice only) and will be fitted closely to the body to give the best possible fit for the gown. Any alterations will then be done by the seamstress.
4. Dress Fittings
Depending on the style and fabrics chosen, you will need another 2-3 actual fittings, to ensure the highest possible standard of fit. The final fitting is usually done closer to the wedding date to allow for any changes in body shape.