your gown - The Process
Having a bespoke or custom bridal gown made is a very special, time intensive and exciting process. A bespoke gown is made from beginning to end with the individual bride in mind. This means that the fit is tailored from the start to fit you perfectly! Designs are informed by your taste, figure and dreams of perfect dresses. All the little details are carefully considered and exquisitely hand finished to perfection; our bridal gowns take hundreds of hours to complete.
At Sadie Bosworth Atelier we pride ourselves on making this a special and memorable time for each bride that is a stress free part of your wedding preparation. We form meaningful relationships with our brides during this process and believe that your complete trust in us will enable us to create the best version of your dream gown.
Every creation at Sadie Bosworth Atelier is a celebration of our love of fabrics, our passion for creating beautiful garments, and the magic of seeing sketches and ideas come to life on our clients for their wedding day. On closer inspection a bespoke gown reveals its secrets; beautiful embroideries and beaded motifs, hidden details, artisinal finishing and couture sewing techniques.
To begin the creative process we ask that you fill out the contact form below so that we can set up our initial consultation at our studio in Cape Town or over Skype. Here we discuss your ideas, fabrics and details, get to know you a bit better and understand what you are hoping for in a wedding gown. It is also very important to be clear on the amount you want to spend on your wedding dress and communicate this to us so that we can advise accordingly. This is a collaborative process; we interpret your ideas, personality and style and use our design skills and experience to bring your dreams to life. We have samples of our ready to wear collection in studio that brides are welcome to try on to help figure out the right silhouette and feel for your gown.
Once we have a better idea of the gown, rough sketches are made and an initial quote is sent out. At this point we provide estimate costs for fabric and time and can advise you on the best option according to your budget. When the design is confirmed we request that a deposit of 50% of the full amount be paid before we commence any work on the garment. This deposit is non-refundable and confirms the use of our services and allocates a spot in our calendar to you and the process of completing your dress.
Each of our gowns take hundreds of hours to construct, fit, finish and embellish and are created from beginning to end at our studio. This process takes at least 4 months to complete, and many of our clients start this process with us a year in advance and we do prefer a time frame of 6 to 9 months. Gowns for events within 4 months will incur a rush fee.
We require local brides to come for 3 -5 fittings throughout the process, while our gowns for international and out of town brides usually involve 2 fittings. This being said our studio has produced gowns for clients with no fittings at all! Having your gown made with us as an international or out of town client is totally achievable once we have your accurate measurements. Our fitting process begins with measurements, which are taken at every meeting, after which a mock up of the gown is created for you to ensure a perfect fit. In the proceeding fittings our brides witness the evolution of their gown from start to finish and see each stage of production, beading and embroidery.
Should you be unsure of what you would like in a wedding gown and are researching options, or unsure if the custom route is for you, you are welcome to book an appointment at our boutique Fate & Love Bridal in Woodstock, Cape Town to fit our existing gowns and see which silhouettes work for you.
Ready to Wear Bridal Gowns
At Sadie Bosworth Bridal Atelier we create annual collections of ready-to-wear gowns, the latest of which is the Constellation Collection. These gowns can be made fitted at our boutique Fate & Love in Woodstock, Cape Town, or ordered through our website. Should you not be based in South Africa, we often work with out of town and international brides and we ship worldwide. Gowns from our off the rack collections are made to order, and production takes 4 - 5 months. Any gowns ordered in a shorter time frame can potentially be accommodated but will incur a rush fee. Prices range from R15 000 to R30 000. See our Collections page to view.
Consultations with the designer are 1 hour and cost R500. These are by appointment only. If you are interested in having a bespoke Sadie Bosworth gown created, please get in touch by filing out the form below, we would love to hear from you!
Standard bridal fitting R500
*Please note that we limit the number of people you bring with you to 3. Choosing your wedding dress can be overwhelming, and too many opinions can can make you lose sight of what you want. Bring only your most special and supportive friends and family.
We stock the boutique Fate & Love Bridal in Woodstock, Cape Town with our ready to wear and one -off bridal and evening gowns. We also have a selection of gowns available to hire through the boutique. Should you wish to book an appointment to view these gowns please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Consultations are R300. These gowns can be replicated in your size or bought of the rack.
6 Beach Road
Woodstock, Cape Town
By appointment only.