CATHERINE BLADES – DESIGNER DRESSMAKER
Catherine Blades is no doubt a highly skilled wedding dress maker, but it’s not just her attention to detail, creative vision and knowledge of cut and fit that set her apart. Her warmth and welcoming manner, makes having a bespoke wedding dress designed and made by her a truly wonderful experience, one that will have you feeling at ease, and thoroughly enjoying the process from beginning to end.
She learned her craft with some big name designers, and over the past 16 years has refined her skills to become a couture dressmaker, designing and hand crafting couture bridal gowns using a mix of traditional and modern techniques, luxurious fabrics and stunning embellishments. Having your luxury bridal gown made for you is a uniquely creative and personal experience. Catherine designs with flare and innovation, and her creations are definitively cutting edge, perfect for alternative weddings.
Catherine Blades designs and creates couture wedding dresses, offers a wedding dress alterations service, and also provides a complete service in made to measure wedding dresses. Altering your wedding dress is a skilled job. Catherine’s expertise as a designer makes alterations precise, as she evaluates the fit of your dress to ensure a perfect outcome. She is skilled in flattering fitting gowns, and this makes her the designer of choice for mature brides, pregnant brides and those wanting a dress that suits your body shape perfectly.
Catherine has created a studio space for you to relax and feel comfortable in. The Blades Bridal studio is a calm and peaceful place, located in an old stable block in the Berkshire, Hampshire countryside. All made to measure wedding dresses are designed, made and fitted by Catherine personally, and her great care and attention to detail will leave you owning a stunning bespoke gown perfect for your special day.
How does it work?
The Bridal Consultation
Initially, you will discuss your ideas for the perfect dress with Catherine at her studio. If you have sketches, images or a Pinterest board then they will form the basis of your conversation.
Design & Measure
Catherine will produce a selection of designs based on your consultation for you to choose from. Catherine will also show you some fabric options, and you will be measured at the studio and pinned into a basic toile (basic dress shape). From these designs, measurements, fabric choices and the toile, Catherine will begin producing your wedding dress in its first form in preparation for your first fitting appointment.
Your First Fitting
At your first fitting you will try on your dress, and from this fitting, decisions are made, design details are discussed and the fit is finalised. From this point on, the magic happens! Catherine will craft your dress carefully and beautifully, taking care over every stitch, creating the perfect gown for your big day.
Your Final Fitting
The dress is now complete with perhaps only need a few minor stitches here and there. You will come to the studio to try on your stunning bespoke gown, and Catherine will add fastenings and make any minor adjustments that are needed.
How much does a bespoke dress cost? That is a very difficult question and not one that Catherine can answer until she has spoken to you about your ideas. Every dress is unique, a special combination of designs, fabrics and embellishments, which is distinctive to your gown only. For this reason, Catherine does not work with pricing structures but costs individually for every bride, and prices generally start from £1500. Please contact the studio to arrange a consultation and you can work with Catherine to create the dress of your dreams.