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30 years and counting....

Welcome to my design studio at 32 the strand, Derby. I have been sewing professionally for over 30 years, and now I have my own space to welcome my clients into. Based in the cultural Cathedral Quater , the shop is in a stunning grade 2 listed building, which has an elegant and historic feel. 

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Bespoke dressmaking services

From wedding dresses to shirts, flower girl gowns to upcycling projects, Ruth Day Atelier garments flatter both the shape and the ego with a perfect fit that also reflects excellent taste and unique style. I offer a variety of tailoring services to craft the clothing you’ve always wanted. Get the look you desire today.

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Your dress is in safe hands. I take every care when altering your beautiful gown. The fitting service I provide is second to none. And you will be delighted with the end result.I usually work 8-10 weeks in advance of the wedding, with 3 fittings included in the alteration price. 



Totally unique

I provide a full design and make service to clients that want a hand in creating their own garments. I specialise in Bridal and evening wear. I source the highest quality fabrics from my tried and tested suppliers. You are welcome to book in for an initial consultation, for a small fee, redeemable against the cost of your unique outfit. Prices depend on garment type and style. Email me at to get a quote.



Love your style

Wear your outfits with confidence. Who can deny the allure and appeal of someone well dressed in a perfectly tailored outfit? When custom made and properly fitted by Ruth Day Atelier, your clothing will make heads turn. My alterations and repair services are just what you need to show the world the essence of your personal style.



Look Your Best

Ruth Day Atelier provides stylish designs and Custom Designs services to all clients. My customizable outfit options are available in a variety of materials. As with all services provided, my Custom Designs options leave the decision up to you in terms of style and cut. Most importantly, you’ll feel confident and look great.



Always in style 

A beautiful collection of dresses from Pronovias, Romantica, Ian Stuart and others in sizes 8 - 18 . In store and coming soon online.



Schedule a Fitting

Monday closed
Tuesday-Friday 9.30am -2.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
Sunday closed
Afternoon and evening appointments available upon request.

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Where It All Started

My interest in fashion started young. My very talented mother is a dressmaker and the  sewing machine was a permanent fixture in our house. I started sewing professionally at the age of 16 when I went to work as an alterations assistant. I studied fashion design at Btec level in Derby and then went to Cheltenham & Gloucester college of higher education to obtain my degree in Fashion Design and Technology. I worked for Chanticleer designer bridalwear and gleaned as many skills as I could. It was an outstanding experience and has given me a lifetimes worth of inspiration. 
Moving back to Derby I decided to start from scratch and kept my hand in while I worked at various other jobs. In 2012 I became a full time self employed dressmaker, and I have been lucky enough to work with some fabulous clients on some amazing projects. I became a mum in 2014 and began sewing for Ashley's tailoring. In 2017 I became a bride and went back to Chanticleer for my own designer dress. I married Maciej in Poland and I never stop talking about how fabulous my wedding was. 
I am now so proud to open my own shop, Ruth Day Atelier, and offer the skill and service that I have honed over the past 30 years.It’s important for me to keep my skills up to date and to keep learning. My approach is traditional with a modern edge. I offer sensible advice and an authentic, high-quality level of workmanship. My clients come away with a personalized level of service they don’t receive anywhere else.

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Superb Quality

Wedding dress alterations from £150
Dresses priced individually,  ask for a quote.
Evening dress alterations from £50
Bridesmaid/ flower girl alterations from £50

Bespoke dressmaking from £250
Bespoke bridal from £2500

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Designed for you, handmade with premium quality fabrics . Crafted to fit perfectly. From shirts to flower girl dresses. To bridal gowns. Starting with a sketch and interpreting the idea into a pattern, then a Toile. Selecting  fabrics and fitting the design to clients requirements.  Finalising the details to complete the look to the highest standard.
A unique outfit for your special occasion 

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