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The Fully Custom Process

Choosing the perfect couture experience can be as personal as the garments themselves. At David Peck, we offer three distinct options to cater to your unique needs and desires: Fully Custom, Semi-Custom, and Made to Order.

If you have a question, ask us! There are no stupid questions, and we've made wedding dresses in 3 days (not our first recommendation, but life happens!), so know that the timelines presented here are just a starting point. 

Fully 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.

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

What is Fully Custom? Fully Custom is our most personalized service. Starting with a blank slate, we create a garment uniquely for you, from initial sketches to the final fitting. Every detail is tailored to your specifications, ensuring a one-of-a-kind creation.

Ideal for: Those seeking an exclusive, bespoke garment that reflects their individual style and vision. Perfect for significant life events where nothing but the best will do.

Process Overview:

  • Initial Consultation and Design: Discuss your vision, inspirations, and specific requirements and we will create sketches and select fabrics.
  • Muslin Fitting: A mock-up of the garment is created to perfect the fit.
  • Fabric Fittings: Multiple fittings to refine the garment in the chosen fabric.
  • Final Adjustments: Ensure every detail is perfect.
  • Completion: Your unique creation is ready for you.

Timeline: Typically, 17 weeks minimum, depending on the complexity of the design. Certain designs may be able to be done more quickly for an additional fee. 

Cost: Reflects the highly bespoke nature of the service, with a higher investment for the utmost personalization. Most custom gowns start around $3,500 and go up from there.

Most MOB/MOG gowns usually end up being around $3,500-$4,500, Brides and debutants typically start around $4,500

Cocktail dresses, tops, and skirts typically start lower. The biggest determiner of price is the silhouette, type of fabric, complexity of design, and the amount of detail. 

Personalization Level: Unlimited! – from fabric and fit to intricate design details.

Preparation Tips: Bring inspiration photos, know your event timeline, and have an open mind for creative exploration.

The Details

Initial Consultation and Design: There is a $100 Design Consult Fee to reserve your appointment. The fee will be applied to your purchase should you desire to move forward. If you decide to not continue with the process, your fee with be converted into a gift card that you can use in our boutique. 

*Preparation Tips: Bring inspiration photos, know your event timeline, and have an open mind for creative exploration.*

At your design consultation, we'll discuss ideas and inspirations for your custom dress or garment. 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! 

At this appointment, we will also quote the price of the garment. When you are ready to move forward, we take your measurements and schedule all of your fittings and pick up date.

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