Cameron’s First Mockup Fitting!

Cameron's first mockup fitting with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

With the designing, the patternmaking, and the mockup construction complete, I invited Cameron (and her beautiful mom) to my studio for her first mockup fitting!

A mockup is a test dress made of inexpensive materials so that we are completely free to play around making fit and design changes. Making a mockup means you never have to settle for your first draft. It’s a fun and creative time to experiment and get everything perfect before the first cut of the silk! Cameron’s mockup was made of polyester organza from Mulberry Silks but her wedding overdress will be made of sheer silk with a floral pattern custom printed by Red Canary.

When Cameron saw the mockup for the first time, she could not contain her excitement. Thrilled see her vision happening in 3D, she literally jumped up and down with delight and could not wait to try it on!

Cameron's first mockup fitting with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Red Canary also sent some rough first draft samples. These showed us a few different flowers, layouts, and fabric types to get our custom design process rolling. But again, Cameron was so excited to try on the mockup that we decided to save fabric brainstorming for the end of the appointment!

Looking at fabric samples during Cameron's first mockup fitting with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

The Unedited Mockup

I think her smile says it all!

This was the first draft before any changes were made to the custom drafted pattern!

Cameron's first mockup fitting before corrections with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Cameron's first mockup fitting before corrections with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Not bad for a first draft, if I do say so myself…

Fitting Corrections

While it looked gorgeous in the unedited version, I quickly went to work making improvements. There was some tightness and pulling that relaxed when I added width to the back. The dress will ultimately have only one back bodice piece that includes both sleeves. I was glad that I added a back seam to the mockup for fitting purposes! I opened up the mockup seam and added a fabric wedge that will help me adjust the pattern for a more comfortable fit in the next version.

I also made a few changes at the waist, some slight adjustments to the neckline curve, I added a little more width to the shoulder, and we decided to shorten the sleeve.

Cameron's first mockup fitting corrections with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

I only adjusted one side of the mockup’s front. Notice the difference between the edited side (Cameron’s left) and the unedited side (her right.) You have to use your imagination a bit during the mockup process, but small changes can really make a difference in appearance and comfort!

Cameron's first mockup fitting corrections with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Now I was jumping for joy too! (Well, I had to stand still to take the photos.)

Cameron's first mockup fitting corrections with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Fabric Designing Round One

Cameron loved the mockup dress so much that she did not want to take it off for our fabric discussions! We looked through inspiration images of dresses and gardenias (the flower of choice for our floral silk), we talked about fabrics and layout, and we pinned the samples to the mockup dress to observe how they looked and moved in 3D. Through this process, we were able to get a really good sense of what we’d like to see in Round Two of samples from Red Canary.

Looking at fabric samples during Cameron's first mockup fitting with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

(Needless to say after seeing these smiles), we all had a blast together while getting a lot of great work done!

Cameron's first mockup fitting with Brooks Ann Camper Bridal Couture

Eventually, I did make Cameron return to her regular clothes. I was now the one who couldn’t wait to get my hands on the mockup! As soon as the studio was quiet again, I started transferring our improvements back to the pattern so that Cameron could try on an even better version in our next mockup fitting.

 

NEXT POST: More fun with Cameron’s mockups!

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Hi there! I'm Brooks Ann.

I’m an independent designer and couture dressmaker for one-of-a-kind bridalwear located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I also teach the sew-curious both in-person and online.

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