what we offer
Bespoke Bridal/ Dress Design
Having a dress made can be very daunting, but by following a proper system, everything becomes much less overwhelming.
I break the process up into a few steps to make sure that we are always on the same page as we move along.
Step one is to send me an email telling me more about the type of dress that you would like me to make. If it's a wedding dress, also remember to give the date, venue, photographer, and I don't mind if you tell me a little about yourself. I want to know where you from and perhaps a hobby you enjoy. These details might not seem relevant but making a dress for someone is a very personal service in the sense that I am doing something that should hi-lite your personality and be an extension of who you are.
I need at least three months to complete a wedding dress, but ultimately the timeline will depend on the type of dress, design, and detailing. However, don't wait up until three months before setting up an appointment. People book well in advance to ensure their dress is in capable hands and I can only take in a limited amount of work. The choice is yours whether we start right away or wait until a time closer to the event, but I can also advise on this.
Usually, a 50% deposit will book my time that I need to complete your dress; I work together with a highly skilled and experienced seamstress trained by myself. The deposit will also enable me to buy the perfect material the moment I find it. As soon as I have the fabric, we can look at it together, and I will also take measurements at this meeting. If want to get the fabric, just check in with me first if it is something that will work for your style of dress.
What follows will be the first fitting; so exciting! But this is a mock or "toile" dress. I want to see if my pattern fits well and what I can change to make it even better. This is also where I need your feedback about everything from the fit to the style lines and or neckline so that we can change it before we cut into the real fabric. Sometimes this step is not necessary in which case I will jump ahead to the next step.
The next step is where I start by building the dress up from the inside out. In other words, your first or next fitting will be the lining of the dress, when this fits well we can move on to the outer layers.
Detail comes last, and because this is the most exciting and transforming step, everything else should be perfect. I love doing this together with my client so that they have a good idea of what to expect and voice their opinion before we add the final layer.
My recipe for success, keeping my client in the loop as we move through all the steps. Knowing that we are both on the same page before we move on. Your dress will be one to love forever. A Handmade ( Couture) one of a kind dress with endless hours dedicated to perfection.
Existing Styles Made-to-Order
We offer a variety of styles created by Silver Swallow that can be made to order. You can visit our studio by appointment to try on different styles or order from a style sheet without a consultation. When ordering without consultation you will need to provide your measurements, and we will provide different fabric options based on your style and requirements
Dress Hire For Photoshoots
Dress Hire for Photoshoots
We have an exclusive collection of exquisite dresses, ready to hire off the rail. These dresses are perfect for special occasion photoshoots such as engagements, maternity shoots, family shoots, couple’s shoots and portrait shoots.
We created this range due to the large demand from clients who don’t need to hire dresses perfectly fitted to their height. With this collection, we aim to provide beautiful dresses that will be the centrepieces of photoshoots, and don’t need to be altered to fit every client’s exact hemline requirements.
This collection is specially curated by Silver Swallow to satisfy the need of garment hire specifically for photoshoots and are not meant to be worn for long periods or events. Please note that these dresses are not meant to see the dancefloor, but they are a practical, affordable solution for photoshoots.
The photoshoot collection is available at a handful of our stockists, please follow this link to contact out stockist for enquiries.
Dress Hire for events
Some of our dresses are meant to dance, and because our clients have fallen in love with the way these dresses fit and move, we have curated a collection of beautiful, ready to wear dresses. These dresses are perfect for the client who wants to attend a wedding, baby shower, bridal shower or any other special occasion.
Please note that these dresses are not part of our bespoke design to order collection and we have a limited range of styles available in this collection. Please contact us for more information so we can assist you to find the perfect dress that you can hire from our range.