About Us
The Bespoke by Katie Story

Kathryn Howells (aka Katie) started sewing back in 2013, to help with the effects of depression.   This hobby soon turned into a passion, and people began to ask for her help with alterations, and making bespoke garments and household linens.

But, let's travel back to when she was a little girl...

Kathryn always loved to draw pretty dresses, especially bridal gowns.  She was enchanted by beading and lace and lovely, floaty fabrics.  She also had a family who indulged her fascination and whenever they were close to a bridal shop, her Mum or Dad or Grampa would take her inside to ask if she could have some brochures.  The shop staff were always more than happy to help!  

In 1981, when Lady Diana Spencer got engaged to Prince Charles, Kathryn designed a wedding dress for her and sent it to Clarence House as a gift for the bride-to-be.  The thank-you letter she received remains a treasured possession.

Fast forward to now, and she loves to watch bridal shows on TV, with "Say Yes to the Dress" with the wonderful Randy Fenoli being a firm favourite.

Over the last 2 years, she began getting a lot of work from brides needing alterations and changes made to dresses they had already purchased.  Kathryn began to realise that because of budget restraints, a lot of brides find themselves buying on line or from off-the-peg stores, which means they don't get to have the kind of special, fairytale experience they have watched so many times on TV and she decided to do something about it.

And so Bespoke by Katie Bridals and Tailoring was born.  No matter how small the budget, every bride can have a special, personal experience.  Every bride can have a beautiful, quality gown, altered or even bespoke to her own specifications, without breaking the bank.  Katie's dresses are either new, ex-samples, bankrupt stock or - in a small number of cases - pre-loved.

 

Let Katie be your Fairy Godmother! 

 

 

Meet The Team

Kathryn (Katie) - Founder and Fairy Godmother
Rolo - Welcome Party and Executive Assistant