Jacket and Jill

Jill is my cousin.  Our moms are sisters.  I have known her since she was born.   In our extended family, she and I are the only girls of our generation (we have brothers and all our other cousins are boys), so I guess that makes Jill and I as close to sisters as it gets.

This photo was of perhaps our first design consult.  I’m the one with the dark hair sketching, and she’s the blonde telling me her ideas.  Or maybe about how one day she is going to meet a handsome guy who is going to ask her to marry her.

Well, she finally found that handsome guy. 

His name is Chris and he will be marrying my cousin Jill this coming April.

Jill lives in Louisiana.  As you probably have gathered from reading my website, it is imperative to my dressmaking process to physically have your body with me a number of times before the wedding.  I make everything from scratch.    No pre-made patterns.  No ready-made designs.  Just one-of-a-kind.  No size 8s.  No alterations.  Just a size Jill.

The day after her engagement, Jill called me and said she wanted me to make her a custom dress.  The next day she called me and said she wanted to wear her mom’s dress.   A few days later, still undecided, (which is natural, she hadn’t even been engaged for a week yet!) she and her mom went dress shopping.  Before noon their shopping day, Jill had already purchased a dress.  She said she ‘just knew it was the one’!

I love it!  I love when the bride has the dress that makes her feel totally right, whether it is mine or not!

BUT there is one problem with the dress, that Jill knew I would be able to help with.  And I gladly accepted the job.

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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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