CATHERINE BLADES – DESIGNER DRESSMAKER
Catherine Blades is no doubt a highly skilled dressmaker, 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 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 exquisite gowns using a mix of traditional and modern techniques, luxurious fabrics and stunning embellishments. Having your wedding dress made for you is a uniquely creative and personal experience. Catherine designs with flare and innovation, and her creations are definitively cutting edge.
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 commissioned 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 IT WORKS
Although each dress is unique the process of design and creation generally follows the same plan and looks something like this:
The Bridal Consultation
Initially you will discuss your ideas for the perfect wedding 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. From this point on, the magic happens!
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. Catherine will craft your wedding dress carefully and beautifully, taking care over every stitch, creating the perfect luxury bridal 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.
Catherine works by appointment from her studio in West Berkshire and can offer timings to suit your busy schedule, with evening and weekend slots available. You can relax and feel unhurried. You will have her undivided attention as you work together to translate your ideas into the plans that will ultimately become your dream dress.
How much does a bespoke wedding 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 bridal 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.