Seams Couture

Couture and Custom Bridal Studio

The Process. 

True Couture means hand sewing work inside and out.

Finishing the inside of our Custom gowns is as important as finishing the outside. We love to use a thick cotton sateen lining for comfort, and add an embroidered "something blue" patch with your initials and wedding date inside.

Every gown begins with a sketch.  During your Consultation we go over all your inspiration details and I start to sketch until you fall in love. 

Seams Couture has exclusive access to some of the finest textiles available in the US which you can choose from during your appointment.  Once we've taken your Measurements and a Deposit of 1/3 of the estimated cost of your gown, your fabrics are purchased and your Muslin is started.                      

Each Couture Client receives a matted sketch of her dress as a keepsake Thank You.

Your 1st Fitting is a Muslin, which is a 3D sketch of your gown in cotton muslin fabric so you get to see and feel what the shape is going to become.  This is taken apart to become your pattern, so during the Muslin Fitting we make sure together that the shape is exactly how you envision it, and make it fit as true as possible.  Design changes can happen during a Muslin Fitting, and it's your chance to change any details.  One this is approved, then your gown is cut in the real fabric and assembled for your 2nd Fitting. 

The Seams Couture Workroom on a busy week day. Photo by Kristin Chalmers


Most gowns take 3-5 Fittings and we allow 2 hours of time per fitting appointment, so that we're not rushed and you can focus.  Taking pictures of the process is highly encouraged so that you can track the progress as the work evolves and watch it come to life.

Your Final Fitting is scheduled about a week before you Pick Up, it's our last chance to check the fit and finalize any details.  Your final payment is due when you pick up your gown.  Your gown will be packaged in an opaque breathable garment bag to keep it clean and a surprise until the big reveal.

For Major Bridal Alterations we schedule one 2 hour fitting to check the details before we seal up all the seams and finish everything before it's ready to go. 

Seams Couture is also a Bespoke Women's Suit Tailor and the process to order a Wedding Suit is the same as our gowns.  The construction and fit of tailored suits for a woman's body is different from those constructed for men.  Our process is the same as our gowns and begin with a Muslin before we cut into your choice of silks, linens, hemp, or cotton blend fabrics.  Suits are fully lined or half lined, with your choice of pants or skirt. Two piece suits or 3 piece with fitted vests and include monogramming inside in something blue!

Antique lace from Spain with a new added comb and invisible tulle reinforcement.

At Seams Couture you're not just a Dress Size, because each garment is made-to-measure and custom fit in a series of Personal Fittings.  The first rule in garment draping and pattern making is that no two women are shaped the same!

Cost: Depending on the details and fabric choices we can work within your budget and give you an estimate during your Consultation Appointment.  We respect your budget and make sure you don't go over what is outlined in our contract together.

Custom Orders begin at $2000. 

Full lace custom gowns begin at $3000.

Bespoke 3 piece Women's Suits begin at $1500.

Custom Veils and headpieces begin at $200. 

Bridal Alterations begin at $500 for re-sizing and multi-layered hems.  The rates can factor up or down depending on the amount of work, ie: Simple hems and bustling is less.  Re-sizing and Reconstruction that includes bead work may be additional. 

It is recommended that your gown be professionally cleaned before your appointment if it is from a sample sale or second hand. 

Vintage remaking and restoration is priced at the same rates as Custom, not Alterations.  We ask that you have vintage pieces professionally cleaned before we start the work, and highly recommend Dependable Cleaners in Quincy, MA as a specialist with delicate antiques and heirlooms.

Please note we do not do Non-Bridal Alterations at this time.  Seams Couture WILL gladly take in alterations for the rest of our contracted Bride's Moms or their Wedding Parties!