What is your name and what do you do?
I am Claire Boswell and my company is Claire Boswell Tailoring & Design. I am a tailor/dressmaker specialising in ladies wear and I make couture garments using bespoke measurements for both ladies and men.
How long have you been in the wedding industry?
Who or what are your influences?
I like to take inspiration from everything ranging from high-end designer couture to more rustic influences found in nature. I believe this way my clients get the benefits of up to date design whilst staying true to themselves.
What is the best thing about your job?
The variety is by far the thing I enjoy most about my work. One day I can be working on a fabulous wedding dress with layers and layers of delicate chiffon and the next I can be tailoring a beautifully cut jacket for a mother of the bride.
What is your favourite area of your business?
I enjoy the whole process of making a couture garment from start to finish. To begin with, we will have a design consultation where the client will let me know their ideas and colour themes and we will do a few sketches to see what will suit them best.
Then we will look through fabrics and trims and see what works within the design frame. I will then work on my own and create a toile or mock garment to get the right fit and the client will attend a fitting session and we can tweak the design if necessary once we see what it looks like to 3D form.
A couple more fitting sessions will take place then, once everything is right, the client can take their couture garment home knowing that no-one else will turn up in the same outfit!
Have any weddings stood out for you? If so, what made them special?
I once created a Manx tartan wedding dress out of silk taffeta with a corset bodice and a beautiful full skirt. The bride looked lovely although it took some convincing to assure her the corset was the way forward (she thought it would look silly on her fuller figure). Corsets look best on curvy women as they pull your waist in and accentuate the bust – I had to make her one and try it on her before she was convinced!
What is the best piece of advice you could give to a couple when choosing a supplier for their wedding?
I would ask around and see who other people recommend, it’s an important day and you don’t want to be let down.
Where can people find out more about you?
Claire’s shop can be found at 7 Mount Pleasant, Finch Road, Douglas