Made to Measure Explained

Bride and mother staring at each other at Sorn Castle both wearing couture Joyce Young.
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Most of us buy our clothes from shops off the rack or off the peg as we say in the UK. We mainly have to compromise with fit as we are all so many different shapes and sizes and it is extremely difficult to find an item of clothing that fits perfectly without alteration. This is especially the case once we get older and our bodies tend to grow out of proportion. Mainly the waist and tummy area tends to take on a life of it’s own.

For over 28 years our main Collections for Brides and Mothers of the Bride/Groom and all other Special Occasions are what we call Couture these are all made individually to measure over on average of 3 fittings. Styles can be customised to suit the client or made exactly as our samples. All the designs on our website are in our showrooms and can be seen and tried on before ordering. They are made in our own production unit in Glasgow which is adjacent to the showroom.  After making the decision to opt for a made to measure dress or outfit we take your measurements. Approx 20 measurements are taken to make sure your toile is as accurate as possible. The first fitting is in a cotton toile (mock up) which is pinned to fit your body and flatter your shape as much as possible. The pattern is then altered and your fabric is cut in your fabric and zip and hems not finished. This is the stage your dress is at for your second fitting. There may be a few tweaks once the pattern is cut in fabric these are then executed and your dress/outfit is finished off for your collection. This is a very labour intensive operation with at least 5 people being involved in the crafting of your couture outfit – the stylist, fitter, pattern cutter, cutter and machinists. 

Our lovely clients feel that the experience of wearing a perfectly fitted dress or outfit in a luxurious fabric gives them so much confidence and pleasure and attracts so many genuine compliments.

If you are looking to have a couture outfit made please get in touch or book an appointment with us.

Body Measurement Size Chart

Product Measurements

How to Measure

1. Bust
Measure around your back and the fullest part of your bust

2. Waist
Measure the slimmest part below your ribs and above your navel

3. Hips
Measure around the fullest part of your hips

4. Height
Get someone to help you with this and measure from head to toe