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The Children’s Couturier – creating beautiful special occasion clothing for bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys, of timeless design with an ethical connection.
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Prices Start at
£200
Details

Products and Services

Appointment Only
Bridesmaid Dresses
Flower Girl Dresses
Physical Shop / Studio
Full Description
Dawn Clarke, is known as the Children’s Couturier because her passion is creating ethically handcrafted and bespoke children’s wear of the highest quality for very special occasions. All Dawn’s clothing is designed by her using traditional techniques, ensuring that it stands the test of time, so that families and friends can remember and celebrate them again in years to come. Dawn truly loves working closely with every bride throughout the whole process starting with designing the outfits together, choosing embellishments and finally fabrics. And with slow-fashion at the forefront of our minds Dawn encourages brides to incorporate fabrics from treasured family items carefully stitching together ‘something old’ and ‘something new’, as mentioned in the traditional wedding rhyme, to create something that’s bespoke, sustainable and much more meaningful for the bride and groom. Weddings are all about memories; remembering old ones as well as making news ones to cherish and honouring people and family traditions within the outfits so that on the big day the Bride and Groom can feel close and connected to what matters most. Previous commissions include flower girl dresses made from family wedding gowns, such as the powder blue dress pictured that is overlaid with a polka dot organza. On another occasion, a grandfather’s blue and grey herringbone tweed jacket was reworked into a little boy’s waistcoat and vintage inspired shorts. The original breast pocket became a front pocket on the shorts to keep the feature and nod to the history of the garment. It would be Dawn’s absolute joy to create a bridesmaid, flower girl or page boy outfit for your wedding and a selection of her current collection can now be found at luxury bridal boutique, Brides of Winchester, or you can telephone Dawn for a no obligation talk, or visit her at her charming studio in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Dawn Clarke
Thank you for showing your interest in my bespoke children’s clothing. I absolutely love sewing in fact, this is what truly makes my heart sing! Right from the start we would work together choosing fabrics, design and embellishments. I’m a passionate believer every family should have the joy of creating new memories from a special occasion - sharing and reminiscing. If you would like to get in touch to talk through your ideas I would be delighted to hear from you. Warmest wishes. Dawn x

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2018
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(4)
(4)
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Ami
Happy couple married in August
January 2021
Your attention to detail
I cannot thank you enough for Thalia’s incredibly, beautiful, amazing, stunning dress! You have made her so happy. It is everything we wanted and more. I have so many pictures and videos to send you. Your attention to detail with the dress and helpfulness when it came to material selection has made Thalia so happy.
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Museum of Venice, Italy
Wedding: June
January 2021
Dress Display
In collaboration with Minako Shimonagase a piece of my children's clothing was chosen to be displayed and embellished with Minako Shimonagase's exquisite Venetian bead work at The Museum of Venice, Italy. Sadly, due to Covid the museum has closed and a photograph in place has not been possible. But, the picture displayed gives an idea of similar work produced.
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Sarah
Happy couple married in August
January 2021
Our little girl was centre stage with us.
Many thanks Dawn for creating such a wonderful outfit. The finish was stunning. I know our brief was not traditional, getting married after having our daughter and me not wearing white - but it was important that our little girl was centre stage with the two of us - you helped us achieve that!
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Emma
Happy couple married in June
January 2021
It really made the day a family occasion!
Thank you Dawn for making our little one (and us!) feel extra special on our special day. The gorgeous little dress you created fitted perfectly and it was wonderful working with you to be able to choose the fabric and trimmings to complement our outfits, it really made the day a family occasion!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, England

Travel Notes

If you are travelling South, it is best to exit the M3 at Junction 4a. If you are travelling North it is best to exit the M3 at Junction 5. Follow the A30 to Hartley Wintney where a very warm welcome awaits you.

Nearest Town

Hook

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M3. Junction 5.

Nearest Train Station

Winchfield

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

My most memorable wedding was when I helped a close friend at her wedding. She had been previously married and wanted her daughter to feel an important part of the day too. So we created a dress together, involving her daughter and making it truly magical. Needless to say on the day there was not a dry eye in sight!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Classic, Luxurious, Vintage Inspired, Embellished, Timeless Quality.

What about your business are you most proud of?

Everything about Dawn Clarke Designs has come from my heart, and it's so important to me that every item sewn has my heart and soul stitched into every seam.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Try and think ethically about your special day, can you give new life to a family owned piece of clothing, creating it into a timeless piece of clothing for your page boy or flower girl?

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Every lady at the wedding was offered a little bag containing protectors that you popped on your heels during the photography time in the grounds - there's nothing worse than sinking your brand new beautiful shoes into the grass and mud!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Here at Dawn Clarke Designs we are all about offering you a wonderful experience. Firstly, please feel free to telephone or email so that we can talk through your date and ideas. As everything we create is bespoke it can take up to three weeks to create your outfit, so we start with booking you in for an initial appointment discussing fabrics, designs, embellishments and extras such as personalised hidden messages etc. and, of course, taking measurements. After this, a personalised mood board is created for you. If you are happy with this and would like to proceed a 50% deposit is taken and we clarify everything every attention to detail - because everything is bespoke - just for you. Then the creative magic starts to take place. A toile is created and a fitting takes place to ensure everything is perfect. The final stage is that the outfit is created and final payment is made. Once this has been received, the outfit is delivered to you, beautifully wrapped and presented.

What do you love most about your job?

Creating a beautiful outfit and knowing that every stitch I sew on this adorable children's outfit is for a very special day, in fact, this is what truly makes my heart sing!

What is your favourite style of wedding dress?

I love the classics - simple and stylish that really flatters you, after all this is your moment to shine.

What is the best way to incorporate "Something Blue" into the wedding outfit?

I like to sew secret messages into my outfits, so I would love to hand sew a private little message into the seam on a piece of blue fabric.

What is your favourite wedding dress of all time?

It has to be Grace Kelly's wedding dress, with all the attention to detail from the little lace overlay to the tiny buttons and the lace detail!

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