Kaylin’s custom maroon suit is a perfect example of the power of custom wedding design. While preparing for her lesbian wedding, Kaylin knew what she wanted out of a suit but couldn’t find it anywhere. Nothing off the rack resonated with her. Luckily, helping people with custom design is my favorite thing! We collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind suit that looked effortlessly cool and elevated.
Making A Bespoke Maroon Suit
Designing a custom wedding outfit involves several phases. Early on, clients often have some idea of elements they want included in their outfits, but not necessarily a cohesive vision. Kaylin was in this same boat when we met. She had some components of her suit in mind, but she didn’t know exactly how she wanted them to look. I’ve written about not settling for the binary rules, and Kaylin was right there with me.
I appreciate working with clients in this position. I hear them out then do a mock up. A mock up is a test run before working with the fabric you choose. It helps identify any issues with the pattern before cutting into the real thing.
I like mock ups because they’re an opportunity to show clients different examples of how design elements can look. For Kaylin, I was able to show her the various ways we could implement the components she had in mind. For example, I gave her multiple options for the collar. We really started to see where we were heading.
The mock up enables me to show a client that I’ve heard them. We figure out what’s the most affirming style. If something doesn’t sit right at this stage, we’re able to course correct more easily than we could later on.
We can choose colors at the mock up stage, too. For Kaylin, I had the full yardage of fabric for her to see. We draped it over her so that she could see what being in all maroon would look like. This gives clients some reassurance that the design, which might feel very abstract at this stage, will come together.
Honing in on the Suit Details
One of my favorite things about getting to know any client is hearing what they like and what they dislike. The majority of the time, people tell me what they hate about clothes. They feel that clothes never fit right or feel like them. All of this information helps me figure out what alterations I should make in the pattern phase of making the garment.
A custom wedding outfit is the perfect opportunity to design well-fitting clothes that are as unique as you. Kaylin’s maroon suit was no exception. From the jacket hem to the tapered paints, the suit has subtle flair and finesse that complements Kaylin’s natural style.
Kaylin was thoughtful about the details she requested in this suit for her lesbian wedding. She brought in the shirt she wore to propose to her wife, and I used it for the back lining. The maroon suit really embodied the connections and confidence she wanted to celebrate on her wedding day.
The Perfect Fit for Kaylin’s Lesbian Wedding
Of course, fittings are also a crucial part of designing a custom wedding outfit. Each fitting clarifies things for the client and me. The client sees what they like or don’t like and gets a sense of what they’ll look like at their wedding. I determine what changes need to be made to make the garment that best reflects my client’s wishes and personality. The closer we get to the wedding, the happier we both are with the look.
As I said before, Kaylin knew a lot of specifics of what she wanted but couldn’t find it anywhere. I feel so lucky that I got to be the one to make her dream a reality. Each fitting energized Kaylin. As the design and tailoring process went on, she brought boundless joy and real sincerity.
Finding the perfect fabric for Kaylin was just one more highlight in the story of this maroon suit. Kaylin looked at the fabric and knew that we had found what she needed to wear for her lesbian wedding. Her enthusiasm was exactly what I’d hoped for.
Giving Kaylin the experience and the suit she wanted made me so happy because she didn’t have to settle. So often people think they’re stuck with traditional choices of wedding outfits that don’t make them feel comfortable or confident let alone affirm their gender expression. That’s the beauty of custom design. You can feel like yourself on your wedding day.
House of Breton would love to design the perfect custom outfit for your wedding. Reach out today, and let’s begin the journey!
Thanks to the vendors who made Kaylin’s wedding day possible:
Photographer: Abbey Elaine Photography
Dress: David’s Bridal
Hair: Jill Schafer
Suit: House of Breton
Hair: Sola Salon Indianapolis
Hotel: Le Meridien Indianapolis
Venue: Indiana City Beer
Flowers: Oberer’s Flowers
Ice-cream truck: Wyliepalooza
Cake: Kim’s Kakery, Bakery, and Café
Caterer: Nameless Catering Co.
Custom rings: Orofino Jewelers