The difference between the two is that Bespoke items also include a series of fitting toiles to get a perfectly tailored garment, whereas Made to Measure items miss out the fitting process, and are instead made straight from your instructions.
Not all items need to be bespoke fit. Made to Measure is perfect for small things like undies, suspender belts, bras, many skirts and some underbust corsets. Ask Jules for advice if you are unsure.
Our made to measure range offers a slightly quicker, less expensive alternative as sometimes that's all that's needed.
We know that it’s not possible for everyone to get to our studio, in which case our bespoke service runs as follows:
Upon ordering, we'll send you a list of measurements to take at home which we'll use to make your personal pattern.
If you need help when taking measurements then Jules is only a phone call or email away.
Then we make your first fitting toile (a white cotton replica of your order) for you to try out in the comfort of your own home, or here at the studio.
It comes with a small checklist of things for you to look through, and some pins and pens for marking the toile.
You report back to us via email any alterations you wish.
It's a real help if you can send digital pictures with your instructions so that we can see in detail, how the toile fits you.
You are not on your own at this stage, Jules is always available by phone to help with your fitting.
You send the marked up toile back to us, we alter the paper pattern and send a new fitting out to you.
We would expect the following timeframes
underbust corsets 1-2 fittings
skirts 1-2 fittings
overbust corsets, trousers, jackets, wedding dresses, and cocktail dresses 1-3 fittings
Only when you are entirely happy will we cut your final piece.
For those of you who would like the luxury of your own personal corsetiere, or you simply don't relish the idea of measuring at home we offer a full Atelier service, inclusive for bespoke clients. This is Jules preferred method of work, as there's no beating a skilled hand and eye during the fitting process.
Those of you using the Bespoke Service are most welcome to make an appointment to visit the studio at ANY stage to have your toile fitted personally by Jules. It's not compulsory to visit the studio, we can do it all by mail and internet, but it can be helpful to plan in some visits.
Small Items of Underwear: We've drawn up our own pattern blocks for these, and still cut each piece individually as ordered, so it's easy to tweak the fit for you.
You tell us of any special fitting instructions you want. In practice, we will always fix any problems with a finished item if it doesn't fit you perfectly.
For larger items:
We'll send you a list of measurements to take at home and a diagram, it's all really straight forward and should be easy - you'll need a friend to help you take the measurements. We will use these measurements to make your personal paper pattern.
If you need help when taking measurements then Jules is only a phone call or email away. Because we make each item to your measurements, we can not be held responsible for any mistakes you may make. But, in practice, if we spot a measurement that looks suspect we will always contact you to check