Real Bride Megan BTS with a custom Gaia Gown

Creating the dress of your dreams or a tweaking an already designed Desireé Marie gown is more simple than you think (simple for you that is ;)

Megan came to me in April 2018 and was already in love with Gaia gown! (blushes)

We talked about her engagement, her wedding plans, fiancé, and started making tweaks to the dress to make it special for her.

My favorite tweak we added was a sage dip-dye hem to match her wedding colors. I made sure to provide a sample for her first before dying all the entire hem.

We also made the top a silk stretch charmeuse instead of the original poly satin for a more glamorous look.

After all was decided on and fabric samples were chosen, I returned to the sewing cave and made a sample dress for her out of muslin before cutting into our glamorous fabric.

This process took a couple of fittings, but since Megan came to me with plenty of time, we had our appointments spread out a bit more than necessary too.

Then after our 3 or 4th meeting, I started making her custom dress in her fabrics. We needed about 2-3 fittings after this to make more adjustments/alterations because I don’t stop till we get it perfect!


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Real bride Sandra contacted me early in the year for a custom gown she was dreaming up. She had lots of ideas, and I added a couple of my own details as well, to create this one-of-a-kind beautiful gown. 


Behind the Seams...


Look at that lace collar! We created a higher neck on the overlay for a princess/royal look. I think it made her even more like Princess Kate Middleton! Don't you agree?


I really love this lace we used, it is a French Chantilly. It has a dot print throughout that really makes it young, also it was super soft! The sleeves are connected to one of her fingers on each hand for a fairytale detail. Love her flower in her hair, and her blue earrings to match her new hubby! 

"It was also very comfortable and easy to move in, which was important to me for dancing purposes."

Finished the back with over 50 buttons, a small corset at her waist, ruched bum, and a waterfall of extra silk chiffon at center back for a 'faux train' 


Sandra's Review: 

On 9/18/2017 Sandra D

"Desiree did an amazing job crafting a custom gown for me that was very reasonably within my budget. She took the time to listen and really make sure that she understood all of the details that I was asking for, then pulled them all off without a hitch. I loved my gown, it fit perfectly, and I got lots of compliments from our guests on how beautiful and intricate it was. It was also very comfortable and easy to move in, which was important to me for dancing purposes. I would highly recommend Desiree Marie Designs for a wedding or any custom piece - you will not be disappointed!"