creative process

Couture means sewing with high attention to detail. In 1858 Charles Worth opened the first couture salon in Paris. His services only pertained to royalty. Elegant designs using the richest, most luxurious fabrics were tailored to the figure of each customer. Like never before dressmaking became revered as an art form and he is known today as the very first couturier. At Susan Kolar Couture design studio, you don’t have to be royalty, to receive the royal treatment. We blend traditional methods with modern techniques to assure quality and affordability, and our couturiers give the same care and attention to creating your dress as in days of old.

The creative process at Susan Kolar Couture begins with a discussion. During your first meeting Susan will carefully listen to and consider your needs, wishes, desires, budget, and timeline. At that time you may show her pictures of styles and gown details, color swatches, or any other items that convey your theme. You may also email photos and descriptions for Susan to consider ahead of time. After gathering enough information from you, she will sketch out a design, suggest suitable fabrics, and provide cost estimates. Once you decide on your design option and sign the order agreement, Susan will take a detailed set of your measurements. At this time you will need the proper undergarments and the shoes that you will be wearing with your dress.

Next the pattern is made up in a prototype called a “muslin”. This is for you to try on and becomes the actual pattern for your dress. Here is a good time to make any creative or technical changes in order to assure the best proportion and fit for your body. Once the muslin pattern is perfected, the fashion fabric is cut and carefully assembled in stages, along with any appliqué work, beading or accessories. This usually requires three to four fittings as you see your design coming to life! In the end you’ll have a perfect, one of a kind dress that says only you!

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