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THE PROCESS

Every dress at Sophie Rose Bridal is handcrafted in the Hampshire studio, to create an heirloom piece to be treasured forever. All the dresses made to order in the studio, to your specific measurements, meaning there is very little wastage. There is no such thing as fast fashion happening here. 

 

The Hampshire studio is where you’ll find all of samples of the designs you can see on the website. Every appointment is private, in a completely relaxed and comfortable space, where you can try on as many of the samples as you like. Buying a wedding dress can be a difficult decision, but I’m here for every appointment, to support and advise you in making that exciting choice. 

 

I design and make a new collection of dresses each year, building on the styles that have come before, to make sure they all work beautifully together, should you wish to combine one style with another. I use high quality fabrics, that feel as luxurious to wear as they are to look at. I get so many comments on how beautiful the dresses are to wear and this is something I am most proud of and will never change. 

 

As a lover of nature, ethically made wedding dresses are at the heart of what I do. I have started to introduce the use of recycled and ethically made fabrics. Many of the fabrics I now use are made from recycled materials or made from natural waste products – even spilled milk from organic dairy farms have been spun to make one my fabrics!

 

Once you have decided on your dream dress, measurements will be taken six months before the wedding. I then make the dress to your measurements, but it is not finished off yet as you’ll come back for a fitting to check the fit. This process means you end up with a perfectly finished dress, with no alterations needed as they are done as we go along. 

 

Sometimes, depending on your measurements and design details chosen, I make a practise bodice called a toile, to check the fit before making up in the proper fabric. Again, this means making as little tweaks to the finished dress as possible. The final part will be hemming your skirt, which is when you’ll need to have chosen your wedding shoes. 

 

I’ll always try my best to fit in brides with short lead times, but it is advisable to book your dress at the very least six months before the wedding, so we have plenty of time to allow for your fittings. However, I know this is not always possible and I have been known to make a dress in two and half months in the past so anything is possible!