Made to Measure Explained

Made to Measure Explained 

The made to measure process can be described, in its most basic form, as an outfit that is created specifically to your exact measurements to flatter your body shape. Instead of buying a garment off the peg and compromising by choosing the size that best fits, we create an outfit to your precise size. With every body shape being unique, it is incredibly difficult to find an off the rack outfit that fits perfectly, without alteration. By opting for made to measure, you’re leaving with a custom outfit that will ensure you look and feel your best. Joyce Young has decades of experience in creating elegant and timeless outfits that flatter all body shapes, petite to plus size. 


Made to Measure Mother of the Bride

The older we get the more difficult it is to find off the peg garments that flatter and hide our problem areas. Our waist and tummy often become areas we are increasingly sensitive about. Joyce Young is renowned for her iconic mother of the bride or groom dresses and special occasion wear that perfectly tackle these issues. At your first appointment we will listen to you and learn the areas of your body you want to accentuate and hide. We call our made to measure occasion wear couture outfits. Our couture mother of the bride or groom and special occasion wear will have an average of 3 appointments. Our iconic designs can be customised to suit your personal style or we can create the garment exactly as you see it online or in our Glasgow and London shops. 


At your first appointment, your design is chosen. We will measure you and create a cotton toile to work from. We take an approximate of 20 measurements to ensure your new favourite outfit fits perfectly. The cotton toile is pinned to your body to fit your unique shape and ensure the most flattering fit. From this cotton toile the pattern for your outfit is cut. 

Ahead of your second fitting, the pattern is cut in your chosen fabric and created without adding hems and zips. On your next visit you will try on your dress. At this point, we make any further alterations needed, before finishing the outfit ahead of your third fitting. Our couture special occasion wear is a labour intensive process with at least 5 members of our talented team involved in the creation of your garment, from our stylist to pattern cutters and machinists. Every outfit that leaves our showroom is overseen by Joyce Young herself. 

The experience of having an outfit that is created to your unique shape is unrivalled. For many of our customers this is a once in a lifetime experience to match an event of such magnitude. Joyce Young has decades of knowledge in creating flattering mother of the bride or groom, special occasion wear, and one which she is specially known for, investiture outfits. Don’t take our word for it, listen to our countless mothers and happy clients who have left with an outfit to cherish forever. 


Made to measure bridal 

For a lot of brides, they will buy their wedding dress from a bridal shop and then have to take it to get altered to get a good fit. Our couture and bespoke wedding dresses are created to the brides exact measurements. The same process is carried out as our special occasion wear, ensuring you’re leaving with a dress created for you, showing off the parts of your body that made you feel most confident. With our in-house production unit you can see your wedding dress come alive in Glasgow, from sketch to cotton toile to the wedding dress of your dreams. Our Studio Brides collection is also unusual, with our in-house production unit we can offer alterations to our dresses in-house, a luxury most bridal shops are unable to offer. This is exactly what becoming a Joyce Young bride is, a luxury experience. A made-to-measure wedding dress created from the finest materials in the world and tailored to fit perfectly. 


Choose Couture 

At Joyce Young we pride ourselves in creating custom dresses and outfits that are timeless and make our clients feel the confidence they aspire to. Start your bespoke journey, leave with an outfit that will flatter whether you’re plus or petite. Book an appointment online or come visit us and see the magic for yourself at our Glasgow and London shops.

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Body Measurement Size Chart

Product Measurements

How to Measure

Size guide

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