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The Process

 

the bespoke process

With Elma Bespoke Lingerie we offer you the chance to customize the style, color, and fit of your made to measure lingerie set. Whether you need a bra and panty set for those special evenings, a bridal set for your honeymoon, or a gift for your significant other, the bespoke process will offer you an exclusive design experience you won't find anywhere else. 

 

select materials

We offer a wide variety of laces, silks, and embroideries to fit your needs and desires. Many of the laces come from France, Italy, Japan, while the silks and tulle come from New York and Los Angeles. We source our fabrics from some of the finest lace makers in Europe including the House of Sophie Hallette.

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sketch and SILHOUETTE 

Visual references are important when communicating ideas. We put the ideas onto paper in a sketch to give the client a better picture of the final product.  This allows for quick visual corrections and editing before we begin cutting the materials.

 

design details

Once the design has been finalized coordinating trims and findings are selected.  All of the details are discussed before any finishing touches are added. You can choose your straps, elastics, and hardware color, if you want padding, lining, or any other special requests.  

putting together

Each piece of custom lingerie is handmade by Elma in her studio in California. She will inspect all the materials by hand for any imperfections and press the fabrics to prepare them for cutting. Once each piece is cut they are ready to be assembled. 

 
 
 

trimming and finishing

With the main pieces of the garment sewn together, we attach the straps, finish the edges and hems, and trim all hanging threads. Hand finishing techniques are used for silk dresses, slips, and camisoles. 

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pressing and packaging

The last step of the bespoke process is to press the garments and double check the measurements of the finished pieces. Photos of the set are sent to the client for final approval before it is folded and packed.  If the set isn't as described or needs fit adjustments we offer a complimentary alterations service within the first two months that the order is delivered.