Couture Process

Couture Process

Our custom wedding dresses are handmade in our South Australia workroom, completely from scratch. From designing to cutting to sewing and handwork, we specialize in meticulous made to measure gowns that are unique and custom to you.

The team at Calèche are devoted to producing high quality made to measure custom wedding 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.

Below we have outlined our couture process, so you can understand the exact development of a made to measure Calèche gown.

Step 1: Choosing a Gown

First, you will choose the style and fabric of your gown. You will begin by spending some time in our boutique with one of our bridal consultants trying on our sample styles. At Calèche we have many sample styles to choose from in store, or alternatively we can create a new custom wedding dress design or personalise a gown to perfectly 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 and the dressmaking process begins!

Step 2: Measurements

Next you will attend a measurement appointment. Depending on the timeline of your wedding, we will either make a measurement appointment straight away or we will contact you 6-8 months before your wedding date to make the appointment. In this appointment, 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 up ready for your first fitting.

Step 3: The First Fitting

Once we have taken your measurements we will book you in for your first fitting.

The first 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 ready for the second fitting. 

Step 4: Dress Fittings

Depending on the style and fabrics chosen, you will need another 2-3 fittings, to ensure the highest possible standard of fit. The final fitting is closer to the wedding date, usually in the week leading up to the wedding, to allow for any changes in body shape.

Hand-worker stitching lace onto a custom wedding dress



Please note – Calèche is open by appointment only. You may bring a maximum of 2 guests with you to your appointment, totalling in 3 people altogether. We also highly encourage you to wear a mask to your fitting so that we can keep COVID out of our boutique and away from our brides before their big day.

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