First (Family) Fabric Fitting!

For Leah’s first fabric fitting, she invited her parents and her future in-laws.  This was a new experience for me and I was really happy and nervous to have them attend.  Leah and I have put so much work into the dress.

Will they love it?  Will they hate it?  Will it fit?  Will they understand that this is a ‘fitting’ and not a ‘final viewing’?  Will they understand that even though things look finished, they are really still just and evolution of what it will be? Will I be able to get the necessary information I need in this fitting without having to entertain everyone?

Nervous, you bet.  But just as excited!!


Since there were going to be so many people, the lovely ladies at Mulberry Silks in Carrboro (where we purchased almost every bit of Leah’s materials) allowed us to have the fitting in the store.  It was a really fun experience!  Leah’s family and future family were perfect in the fittings, having a great time while still allowing me to do my work. It is so nice for the bride to have that kind of support.  And it was nice for me too!!  The fitting itself went really well, with only slight fine-tuning ahead and I also heard a lot of encouraging things from everyone there.

The most amazing compliments were when it brought tears to the eyes of not only the mother of the bride, but the father of the groom!  You know you’ve done a good job when people are smiling through tears.  What a great day….. now back to work!!!

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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.

My blog follows along with the couture process of how each heirloom-quality custom wedding dress is made from idea to wedding day, as well as other interesting tidbits related to sewing, weddings, and body positivity.

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