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The Custom Process

What is custom?  The custom experience is the process of making a specific garment to your specifications, including fit, style, and colors.

We are here to guide you through your custom design experience. The below steps are a general guideline of what you can expect the process to look like. Keep in mind that each garment is unique to you so there can be variations in the process.

Design Consultation:  At your design consultation, we'll discuss ideas and inspirations for your custom dress or garment. Personal measurements will be taken, you will try on samples if necessary, and review fabric and embellishment options before approving a final design. Be sure to bring any inspiration that you may have, i.e. Pinterest pictures and existing garments!

Fashion Illustration by David Peck with colored pencils and fabric draped on a cutting table

Muslin Fitting:  During this appointment, you’ll try on a prototype or muslin of your dress to get an idea of the shape and silhouette on your body. A muslin is a mockup of your design in a simple fabric. It is at this fitting that we can make any design changes that need to be made before cutting the dress or garment in the final fabric.

Muslin Draped on a dress form to create a pattern by David Peck

Fabric Fitting:  At your fabric fitting, you will get to try your dress/garment on in the chosen fabric from your design consultation. If you have the actual shoes or shoes of similar height you plan to wear with your garment, please bring them so that we can make adjustments to the hem length. As well as the proper undergarments so that you can see the exact fit .Any alterations or adjustments will be made at this fitting. The number of subsequent fabric fittings will vary depending on the complexity of the design.

David Peck sketching in his factory atelier with a wedding dress in the background

Final Fitting:  This is the very last fitting before you take the garment home with you. If you have the actual shoes or shoes of similar height you plan to wear with your garment, please bring them, as well as the proper undergarments so that you can see the accurate fit. It is important to us at David Peck that your dress fits you perfectly and that you feel beautiful and are in love with the end result once you leave us.

The best part of our job is making you feel like the best version of yourself!

Please allow for 17 weeks for most custom gown orders. Certain fabrications may take additional time. This will be discussed at your Design Consultation. Gowns can be rushed for an additional fee. If we are rushing your garment, the timeline below will be shortened to match your deadline. 


Rough Timeline (for non-rush orders):

Design Consultation

Muslin fitting: 4-6 weeks after consultation

Fabric Fitting: 3-4 weeks after muslin

Final Fitting: 2-3 weeks before Pick Up

Things to bring:

- Proper under garments

- Shoes you plan to wear for the event

-(Optional) Jewelry or accessories