Finding a Dressmaker

Whilst Tylers fabrics do not offer a making service in store,
Tylers provide a directory of experienced designers and couturiers whose details are available upon request – free of obligation.

No fabric purchase or contract is required to have access to this information – it is available freely in store.  It is Tylers Fabrics’ belief that, where possible, a client should consult with the
dressmaker/designer before the fabric purchase is made.

Clients are encouraged to pick 2 or 3 different dressmakers/designers to interview based on geography, and leave it up to the maker to discuss the cost of making the garment(s).  By taking Tylers’ fabric swatches, photographs and pictures to the maker, there is no
element of doubt in the costing, or any “ballpark” guesswork that is associated with “in house” seamstresses.

Tips for your interview:

  1. When visiting with a potential maker, be clear about what you expect and, where possible, provide visual aids such as
    photographs, sketches and pictures.
  2. Communication is key – the more you can show/tell the maker about what you are after, the easier it will be for them to picture what you are trying to create.
  3. Take all relevant fabric swatches and photographs of laces/trims that you are considering.  Make sure that the fabric width and any other relevant details are provided (such as if the lace is single or galloon border, etc.).  This will assist the maker to give you
    accurate fabric quotes.
  4. Try to get a sense of the maker’s personality – it is very
    important that you feel comfortable with the person creating your dream gown.
  5. Ask to see photographsand/or examples of their work, and
    testimonials if they are available.

Please note: no person listed in the Tylers’ dressmaker directory is personally affiliated with Tylers Fabrics.  Each has a strong
clientele based on word of mouth and direct referrals, and work
independantly of Tylers Fabrics; it is up to the client and at their discretion to choose carefully which maker will eventually make their dream gown. 

Purchasing Fabric for your wedding gown

1/ Make sure you are 100% certain of the style of gown you have chosen for your special day.

2/ Do not accept, under any circumstances, the words:

“I will only give you the name of the maker when you have purchased the fabric from me.”

2/ Always select 2 – 3 makers and interview them. You must feel comfortable with your maker of choice as he/she will translate your dream gown in the most affordable way.  If you do not have a maker, please ask one of the staff at Tylers for the name of 2 or 3 freelance makers in close proximity to your area.

3/ Take swatches and photographs with you to your interviews with makers for their professional advice regarding suitability and quantities.

 4/ Under no circumstances accept a ballpark making cost from any person other than the maker you finally choose. Only your maker can give you an accurate making cost – no one else. Gowns may look similar, however each gown is as unique as the person the gown is made for, and each style involves differing techniques and time to make.

5/   Emotions play a big part in selection. Do not be pushed nor rushed into making your fabric choice before the above process is finalised. The staff at Tylers Fabrics have had many years’ experience and are all there to help you with correct fabric choices. They can provide you with fabric swatches and an indication of fabric requirements based on your gown style of gown.   However, the staff at Tylers Fabrics will always refer you back to your maker to confirm quantity.