Frequently Asked Questions

General

Where are you located?

Pascale is based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, and can easily access nearby areas such as Barnt Green, Redditch and some areas of south Birmingham. She will come to you at your convenience, in the office or at home. Contact to find out more.


What hours do you work?

Pascale works weekday evenings and all day on weekends, and will fit around your schedule.


Do you do menswear?

At the moment she can do alterations for men and also sew garments if you provide a pattern. If the future she hopes to also offer menswear pattern making too.


Do you do childrenswear?

Pascale can make children's dresses and is happy to alter childrenswear and sew from provided patterns.

Made to Measure

How long does it take to make a custom-made garment?

This entirely depends on what the garment is and how complicated it is, and also on whether the fabric or other materials needs to be ordered (if they are not in stock). It also depends on how many fittings are needed, and your availability to meet up for these. We try to make a casual custom-made garment within a month, eveningwear and bridalwear may take longer.


Do I have to find the fabric myself, or will the dressmaker help me choose?

If you have an idea of design and colour, but no idea of fabric type, we can go out and source samples for you to have a look at. Alternatively, we can also give you a list of places to have a browse yourself at your leisure. We can help you or not in this decision, it is entirely up to you.


Do I need to buy a pattern?

No, it is not a necessity. If you have a commercial pattern, we will still need to alter it to fit you perfectly, and are happy to do that. However if you have a design idea and no pattern, have no fear we can make patterns from scratch for you.


What should I expect from a fitting?

The dressmaker will ask you to try on a prototype, and will measure and take notes about where it needs to be altered for the final garment.


What do I need for a fitting?

By the time of the fitting, you must have in your possession the underwear you will wear with the garment which should be worn for the fitting as underwear can alter your shape. Equally, you must wear the shoes you are going to wear on the day, as this may affect the hang of the garment.


When should I expect to pay?

Once you have had the first consultation, received and approved the quote, we ask you for a deposit of 50% before proceeding with the work. We ask for the remaining 50% upon delivery. Depending on the cost and quantities of the fabrics chosen, particularly for bridalwear, you may be asked to pay for fabrics at the time of ordering them.

Alterations

How long does it take to make the alterations?

This entirely depends how many alterations are to be done, and whether special materials are needed for them. We try to do garment alterations within 1-2 weeks, but can do them quicker in an emergency.


What should I expect from a fitting?

You should have the clothes ready that you want altered and the dressmaker will ask you to try them on for her to take notes and measurements. If they are special occasion garments, it is recommended that you wear the underwear that you would go out in with the garment as underwear can alter your shape. Once this is done you can review the dressmaker's notes and approve them. She will take your garments away and give you a more accurate quote based on what she has written down.


When should I expect to pay?

Once you have had the fitting, received and approved the quote, we ask you for a deposit of 50% before proceeding with the work. We ask for the other 50% upon delivery.