Couture Wedding Gowns and Other Attire for Special Occasions
Are you frustrated by the wedding dress shopping experience? Wish you could find something with sleeves, or without a train, or not floor length, or not a shade of white, or maybe not a dress at all? Or perhaps you've been envisioning the perfect dress, but it just doesn't seem to exist? Then you might want to consider custom attire for your wedding day.
We love making beautiful clothing, and we especially love making it for such a happy occasion. We're open to all kinds of styles, from glamorous 1930s inspirations to retro 1950s skirts, to modern cuts and drapes. We also find great joy in making tailored items, such as suits, jackets, and vests, for women.
Need something to wear on your head? We also design custom veils, flower crowns, and fascinators that can complement a custom gown or one you've already purchased - and they don't have to be white! Veil fabrics, as well as flowers and other adornments for fascinators and birdcage styles, come in many colors to suit your personal taste and coordinate with your wedding party and decor.
Does your future spouse need an accessory? Ties, bow ties, handkerchiefs, and pocket squares can be made to match or coordinate as well. Your names and wedding date can be hand-embroidered on any item, too.
So bring your ideas, and let's design together!
Wedding gowns and suits average about 100 hours to complete, but can take substantially more timef depending on the style, construction, and finishing details. Material costs can range quite widely, as can the amount of fabric required. Simple silhouettes with straps, and without laces, trims, or trains fall on the lower end of this range; tailored suits and gowns with full skirts and trains, strapless styles, lace, or beading tend to require more time and material to make.
The average total cost of a Crafty Broads gown is between $3,500-$7,000, including labor and materials. Veils and fascinators can usually be made for $50-$200, depending on the style and details.
Please see Process & Pricing for additional information on custom garments.
When to Order
In short: as soon as possible! Because we are a very small business (just the two of us!), we are limited in the number of gowns we can create each year, so please schedule your consultation as early as you can. We prefer to have at least 6 months to make your dream garment, so that we can take our time on every detail. Shorter time frames are possible, subject to availability in our calendar. Gowns required in less than 12 weeks will incur a rush fee.
I had a vision for a yellow wedding dress, and I knew that it was something that I wouldn't be able to find at a bridal boutique, so I started googling ways to have a dress made in Chicago. This is how I found Crafty Broads, and I am so glad I did; a week later I had a consultation with them about what I was looking for, and that started the process. A few weeks after the consultation they gave me some design drawings, and we discussed the finer points and details of all of the options. It felt like I was on Project Runway! At the next meeting they measured me, and showed me many fabric options. A few fittings later, the dress of my dreams was a reality! They understood exactly what I wanted, and had the skills to make it happen.
I loved all of my meetings and fittings with Cindy and Julia, they provided so much support in the 9 months leading up to my wedding. The fittings felt more like hanging out with two close friends rather than an appointment.
The dress that Julia and Cindy made was much more special than anything I could have bought at a bridal shop. On my big day I could feel the energy and love that went into making my dress, and it made me feel even more amazing.
- Louise, Chicago IL