Dream Dresses Made to Order

Written by Maggie Murdock Nichols in the October 2020 Issue

Dream Dresses

Sitting in her studio, Terri gazes at the piece of fabric in her hands. She notices the color, texture and envisions how it will flow. She waits for it to speak to her. Soon a vision will reveal itself and she’ll get to work. 

Terri began sewing at the age of 9. “My 91 year old mother is my inspiration. She made all of my sister and I’s clothes. She’d save the scraps for us and encourage us to sew Barbie clothes and later, our own clothes.” A self taught designer, Terri loves helping women feel glamorous in a dress made just for them. 

Elevating Edmond Style 

Terri moved from Sacramento to Edmond 22 years ago after her husband was recruited to work for Tinker Air Force Base. With many suburbs to choose from, Terri was drawn to Edmond in part by Hafer Park and the small, but not too small, town feel. Her kids graduated from Memorial and her grandkids have followed the same path. She creates wedding wear, evening gowns, prom dresses, after 5pm attire, and suits.She works with her clients to establish a budget, select a style and fabric, creates an illustration, a pattern, and ensures she’s created the perfect fit before presenting the finished product. 

Terri’s studio is in what used to be the family room of her home. Terri fully converted the space into her studio complete with a handmade sewing table, sewing machines, fabric and accents, purses, shoes and mannequins. 

Wedding dresses are Terri’s favorite. She designs bridal, bridesmaid, flowergirl, mother of the bride and groom dresses. Terri says, “I work tirelessly to ensure my brides are satisfied. I love seeing their faces when I present the finished product.” She is now working on an exclusive couture bridal experience scheduled for the spring. 

Fashion with Passion 

With a passion to help women feel beautiful comes a passion to give back to women in need. Terri produces the I Will Survive Fashion Shows with proceeds donated to women who are victims of domestic violence and women fighting breast cancer. Terri sews with intention and with her clients in mind. Terri explains, “I can’t just sew to sew, I have to have inspiration and serving others is a passion.”

Terri encourages women to consider custom design before making a mass produced purchase. “Connect with someone who has you in mind from start to finish. Give an artist a chance to create the garment of your dreams.” Terri loves when her clients get involved in the process and always accepts ideas. The love and care she puts in her garments, top to bottom, sets her apart as a designer and earns the loyalty of her clients.

Visit Terri’s website www.terri-madetoorder.com to bring your dream dress to life!

 

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