Meet the Marriage Makers | Dawn Clarke Designs
proudly part of 'The Recommended Collection'
Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!
My name is Dawn and I am Dawn Clarke Designs, creator of classic vintage-inspired bespoke children’s clothing. I’m based in Winchester, Hampshire, but I cover the whole of the UK and I’ve been trading for over six years and am loving every minute of it! I specialise in creating bespoke handmade outfits totally tailored to the occasion, from perfect pageboy suits to special flower girl dresses.
What is your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?
My favourite part of my job is meeting my clients, helping them feel relaxed and working with them to find out exactly what they want right through to choosing fabrics and selecting embellishments. Then, I go into my wonderful magical world of sewing my heart out and having the thrill of knowing that I’m creating something so special.
Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?
The hot trends right now for page boys are shades of blue, and, of course, how we can be sustainable and use carefully sourced fabric. I’ve just finished a photoshoot which includes a beautiful flower girl dress I created using a Bride's Mother’s dress which she wanted to be created into a legacy of elegance and to bring the bond of the past with the present at a very special occasion.
What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you unique?
Dawn Clarke Designs offer a bespoke children’s clothing service which means you can work with me to ensure we work together to get exactly what you are looking for on your special day. I also believe that every child should know what it’s like to wear an outfit that’s been sewn especially for them, a handcrafted heirloom to treasure.
What five words would you use to describe your business?
Vintage Inspired Bespoke Children’s Clothing
What top tips would you like to share with our lovely couples planning their big day?
My top tip would be to talk or try your clothing ideas out on the little ones before going ahead with an order. There is nothing worse than selecting for example a pair of classic knickerbockers for the pageboy only to find he doesn’t want to wear them and wants a pair of big boy grown up formal trousers, like the best man! You can’t force those lovely little ones to smile if they are not a happy bunny!
Anything else you would like to tell us?
I’d love to hear about your special occasion coming up, so that we can discuss more ideas, with no obligation, so do feel free to get in touch. Also, if you would like to see footage of my very special models celebrating my clothing at Winchester Fashion Week 2019, why not visit my website and don't forget to follow me on instagram and facebook to see more of my designs.