My top 10 reasons to have your wedding gown designed!

January 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Jennifer Pritchard Couchman Design. email: jenniferpritchardbridal@googlemail.com

Here are the top 10 reasons I would advise any bride to have her Wedding gown designed and created personally for her big day.

 

1. No other bride will have that gown( no worry of attending a wedding and the bride wears the same dress you have ordered!!)

2. It is made to fit your body…perfectly Made to measure.

3. You have the freedom to change the design if you like!

4. You will pay the same price as in a bridal shop!

5. You have no restriction on colour or detail.

6. Your gown will be designed to reflect your personality.

7. You see your gown developing step by step which is very exciting and gives you lots of control!

8. Your gown will be created to include the look and details you have wished for.

9. You will have a relaxed and enjoyable experience with an experienced designer.

10. You will feel Amazing!!!!

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How are we doing?

January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nearly a month of the year has disappeared already. I’m actually really enjoying January( I know it can be quite a tough month for some people!)

I did a wedding fayre at Hornby Institute last weekend. The first wedding fayre for me this season. I wasn’t concerned with pushing the business this particular day, I was interested in  the gowns I have been working on, and how they looked. Basically, I was really happy and proud of how my creations looked, and that was a really great feeling.

  Now I am settled into the new studio, I can  reflect on everything and i’m smiling!

I used to work constantly, like a hamster on a wheel, non-stop for 15 years!,and not enjoying things because I was so consumed with all the different aspects of running a businessetc,etc!

Now I take a bit more time to my self, I walk 4 miles every morning, I’m producing the best work ever and I feel more creative. Its been great taking charge of my work life and changing it, I now work to live, not the other way round.

A friend said to me yesterday that ‘ life isn’t about working all the time’, and she’s right. So now I’m creating my gowns and im really proud of them, and I can appreciate what I do instead of running around like a crazy person!

 And that feels great! see you soon xxx

A New Year!! Bring on 2012

January 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

I had a crazy later part of 2011. In my professional life, I was heading in one direction, and all of a sudden due to fate , I was heading in a completely different direction! At the time, it was really scary, making more decisions, moving my studio again, more new directions!!

In October, I got on a plane again and flew to Amsterdam, after being terrified of flying for the last five years, and travelling instead by Eurostar!! I had an amazing time, with my fantastic husband and some of our best friends.It’s great watching the world at 30,000 Feet!

Since October, I have moved my studio back to our home, finished my teaching job, been on a plane(4 times!:) We have transformed our home to accommodate my business, turned 40! Stood on the Promenade in Nice and watch the sun come up! Had a 5th wedding anniversary, painted another lounge and laid a carpet, moved MORE furniture!, watched Duran Duran in concert! 🙂 Had Christmas, got drunk, chilled out. As well as looking after my lovely Brides, creating the beautiful dresses which they will wear on what will be one of the best days of their life!

And now its January 2012. I’m sat here in my FANTASTIC new studio watching the sun rise again, and its great!! I’m feeling more creative than  ever, and looking forward to working on my new designs and promotion!

We are currently working on our 2012/2013 wedding gowns and also creating a new online Christening gown company, which is going to be brilliant!! So maybe looking back, the moral of today’s blog is….get stuck in, enjoy life, don’t be scared if something is out of your control, fate deals its cards and change can be the best thing in the world!…(except my husband, who is brill!)

Happy New year, and here’s to 2012! xxx

Our new Address is:

The Studio,8 Rossmoyne Road,Scotforth,Lancaster,LA1 4SN

Tel: 01524 380226         By Appointment Only.

LAST CHANCE – Advanced Fashion Design and Construction

September 4, 2011 § Leave a comment


If you have ever fancied making your own clothes, starting this Wednesday, is a short course for you. The 30 hour, 10 week intensive Fashion course covers the more advanced Fashion design, Pattern cutting techniques and garment construction. This ten week course is an opportunity to experience all the processes used in Fashion design from initial design and illustration through to pattern cutting and creating garments. Starting with the design and inspiration, the student will develop personal ideas with the guidance of the tutor which will be carried through into patterns and a final constructed outfit. This course is more advanced and some prior experience is required. Total course cost: £150 per student. Please note: Fabric and other materials excluded – a full list of materials required will be supplied with booking confirmation.

The classes will be held at the Storey , Lancaster and will be taught personally by award winning fashion designer, Jennifer Pritchard Couchman.

view more details here jpc_shortcourses_programme

To reserve your place, email jenniferpritchardbridal@googlemail.com or call 01524 849936.

Anniversary profile in The Visitor

May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was delighted to be the focus of a two page profile in the local Visitor newspaper last week. Covering my 15 years in the bridal business, from the post-graduate business to the forming of Jennifer Pritchard Couchman, the successful boutique and working studio at The Storey in Lancaster.

Interviewed by Holly Blackwell, the article discusses my early days, my career, my inspirations and how I design and create the bespoke couture bridal gowns. Of course, it also describes my own bridal gown, and the story of my engagement! You can the read the article below:

Last chance to book – Introduction to Fashion Design Short Course

May 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

Monday 16th May see’s the first of Jennifer Pritchard Couchman’s short courses series start with an Introduction to Fashion Design.

The two 2.5 hour beginner’s classes will be a primer on Fashion design, covering inspiration, illustration and mood boards. The fundamentals of Fashion design are taught in this introductory course. We will cover the basics of fashion design, inspiration, illustration and mood boards.

??This course is suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience. Students may go on to study our more intensive ?Fashion courses.

Dates : Monday 16th May & Monday 23rd May
Time : 6pm – 8.30pm
Level : Beginners
Location : The Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

The last few places are available now – Total course cost: £35 per student.

To book email jenniferpritchardbridal@googlemail.com or call T.01524 849936 or download a full prospectus and booking form here. JPC_shortcourses_programme

This is the first in a series of short courses in fashion design, pattern cutting and garment construction, designed by award winning fashion designer, Jennifer Pritchard Couchman.

These short fashion courses have been designed for everybody to come and enjoy, gain new skills and improve your dress making and pattern cutting skills.

Courses will run from May until December 2011 and have been designed to cater for everybody who is interested in fashion design, from beginners to advanced levels.

All classes will be held at the Storey, Lancaster and will be taught personally by fashion designer, Jennifer Pritchard Couchman

Congratulations to HRH Prince William and Kate

April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jennifer Pritchard Couchman joins the rest of the World in congratulating HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton on their very special day – our boutique window has been decked out with a special commemorative Union Jack Gown. We’ll be glued to the television this morning with a glass of Champers to toast the happy couple, see the ceremony, and check out her dress – were sure it’ll be stunning. Congratulations to you both…