February 28, 2021
Have you ever had a piece of clothing designed just for you—from scratch? Chances are you haven’t, even for those big occasions: graduations, weddings, conferences and galas. Maybe you didn’t realize it was an option. Maybe you thought it was easier to buy off the rack. Maybe you assumed it would be too expensive. I hope that changes after today, because I’m about to give you the goods on custom design!
Let’s start with price: Most people assume custom design is outrageously expensive, but it’s often the same price as buying a mediocre garment off the rack and then altering it. Sure, you can make that work, but why not spend your money on something that is made for you with care, dedication, and detail at every step?
I always take your budget into consideration for custom garments and can guide you toward choices that help you make the most of what you’re planning to spend. These two factors have the biggest influence on the final price:
These two factors can also have a big impact on the timeline, which is why I suggest booking at least three to four months in advance for custom pieces. That gives us time for the consultation and measurements, a draft piece in muslin (to check fit without using the expensive fabric!), fittings, and the creation of the final garment, including final fittings to get it just right.
It might seem like a complicated process, but the first consultation is where it all starts to come together. This is where we will talk about what you have in mind, what fabric options are available, and of course, your budget. That helps me give you an accurate estimate.
And don’t feel like you need to have the design in your head already to get a custom piece made! It might begin with a photo or just an idea—or something you already have. I’ve asked clients to bring in their favourite garment or a design they love, that makes them feel their best. With more than 20 years’ experience, I can combine several ideas into a cohesive final product and give you the advice to get a gorgeous end result.
You might even end up with a different design than you imagined at first, because I take all the elements into consideration when designing your special look.
I want you to look your best in an outfit that matches the occasion while flattering your best assets—especially if we can make it versatile enough to wear again. My fashion collections are designed to transition to different occasions, and my custom pieces are no different. It might take some small alterations after the event, but I’d rather make you a piece that you can show off again (without showing anyone up!) instead of having it languish at the back of your closet.
Which is why a custom garment for your special occasion may be a great investment that’s good for your pocketbook, your storage space, and the environment. What better way to remember a special day than to be able to wear the outfit again and again? It’s like a new celebration every time!
If you know there’s a special event on the horizon for you, I’d love to help you create the perfect garment—for the day and for years to come! Send me an email and we can start discussing it in plenty of time.
May 01, 2022
It’s once again Mental Health Week here in Canada (May 2-8), and I am doing my part to spread the message and support some of the folks doing the work right here at home.
This is the third year for the Amaranth Designs Annual Heart Sweater Charity Campaign, and we are once again supporting the work of Family Service Regina.
April 02, 2022
My 2022 Spring/Summer collection is here to make the transition to your warm weather wardrobe smoother and more reliable than whatever is happening outside. I want to help you embody the meaning of breezy, so you appear and feel relaxed and “cheerily pleasant.” The collection is a perfect way to do that, from the fit and the colours to the way these pieces can complement what you already own.
March 14, 2022
March is a perfect time to book your shopping party (though they are available all year long), since I’m having a clearance sale to make room for the new collection launching next month! It’s a great way to make sure no one beats you to that “add to cart” button while also having a great time—and getting discounts up to 60% off.