Rebecca came to see me with many ideas. She spotted a modern 3D cotton lace I had in my studio and made up her mind at once. In Rebecca’s words…
“I wanted a classic dress to suit a modern and relaxed church wedding. As soon as I saw the unusual and beautiful lace at yours, I knew I had to have it as it was just the right amount of ‘different’ and it’s vine like nature was a pleasant contrast to the many floral elements of the wedding. The lace additions to the underskirt and veil were the perfect finishing touches on a simple and romantic wedding dress. Once we had made the bold and surprising decision to remove the sleeves the dress was perfection and one of the most comfortable things I have ever worn! I never wanted to take it off! “
In addition the dress has a separate traditional laced corset. The veil and petticoat are trimmed with the same lace as the dress. It has a concealed zip and pearl buttons and loops to the back. The dress is made of antique white Duchess satin.
CLASSIC DUCHESS SATIN
Sophie’s brief was to have a glamorous and classic dress. She was marrying a Norwegian Naval officer who would be wearing his full ceremonial uniform so wanted a plain but luxurious fabric for her dress. Working with Duchess satin is wonderful. The quality of the fabric and the structure of it makes it ideal to create a sculpted dress on the bias. This is not cut from a flat pattern but created straight on to a dress form. The dress has a fishtail back and a separate sash to go around the shoulders and falls to the floor. It has a separate laced corset underneath the dress. In addition the dress has a second train which attaches to the back which Sophie wanted to add for the ceremony. The dress has a cathedral veil to complete the look.
Photographs by Gregory Davies @ gregorydavies.zenfolio.com
The Brief form Robyn: I would like something with lace.
Both these dresses are similar in that they are made of a beautiful cotton lawn fabric by ‘Liberty of London’ The pattern is from a design by the talented botanical artist, Rachel Pedder-smith. The floral pattern and the cotton lawn make a beautiful and unusual wedding dress. As lawn is a very fine cotton so these dresses are double lined which makes the dress hang and flow well. Both dresses have hidden internal corsets, Robyn’s dress has tiny covered button to the back and Hayley’s Dress has a scooped back. Both dresses have the names and dates of the wedding embroidered inside the skirt lining.
“Hugest thanks for making the most beautiful dress I have ever worn. I absolutely adored wearing it and was so happy to wear a dress which let me feel like myself. Thank you Robyn”
“Thank you so much for the amazing dress you made for Robyn. I tried to imagine in advance what it would look like, but I never guessed it would be so beautiful. It was perfect for Robyn and she looked stunning, Jon”
Traditional French lace
The Brief form Kjersti: I would like something with lace.
I loved making this dress as it is made of the most beautiful Chantilly lace laid over a natural white satin fabric. It has a sweet heart neckline with a lace overlay which creates a very pretty décolletage. The lace is beaded and sequinned which makes it heavy, this is good because it makes it fall beautifully with the train gliding gracefully behind. Tiny pearl buttons with an added concealed zip and boned under corset give structure whilst still being comfortable to wear all day. Hidden inside the skirt winning are tiny blue bows for the ‘something blue’ element'
The brief : I love geometry and I don’t like flowers.
Jemma’s dress was great fun to create. She said that she wanted something out of the ordinary so I came up with a few ideas and the origami idea worked well. The back piece is detachable, (and now hangs on Jemma’s wall as an artwork) The dress is made of a double crepe which is heavy and hangs well. The back piece , the head piece and the fan are made from cotton organdie and folds in much the same way as paper. The dress also has pockets which Jemma specified in first discussions with me.
The Brief from Jo: The dress must include my fiancés family ‘Harris’ tartan.
Jo’s dress is made from a heavy Italian silk similar to a taffeta. The tartan is a red check and at first we looked at a sash idea which is quite common, but I started thinking about how to include the tartan in a more adventurous manner and came up with the kilt like design inserted into the back of the dress. Because the tartan is woven in wool it could potentially be too heavy; to prevent this we went for tiered, gathered layers. The back of the dress has red lacing to compliment the tartan. In addition there is a tiny red lace trim on the underskirt. The dress is corseted and boned and has a red net petticoat underneath.
Elaine’s Brief: I would like something I can wear for the ceremony but transforms for the party.
Elaines wedding was in Ilfracombe in Devon. She said she did not like fussy, complicated dresses and would like the dress to transform for the more informal evening. I came up with a silk duchess satin mini dress, the bodice is boned. Tiny covered buttons run right down the back. For the ceremony I made a simple wrap around long chiffon skirt. The dress is complimented by a beaded belt and head piece I created for Elaine. She particularly loves shoes so I customised a new pair with Swarorski beads and natural pearls. Elaines veil is silk tulle and has tiny beads to the edges.
The red dress
I made this as an example of a possible dress for those brides who want something a bit different:
The red dress is made from Thai silk and has a red feather train and satin ribbon tied back. The dress has a concealed corset which is attached at the top of the dress but sewn separately. This helps the movement of the body beneath the garment and also makes it very comfortable to wear. The front has princess line and net petticoats beneath the dress.
veils, shoes, belts hairpieces and other accessories
Floor length full veil
Floor length fine silk veil with beaded edges
Swarovski and natural pearl beaded, customised shoes.
Beaded belt and matching hair piece.
Cotton Organdie origami fan.
Cotton Organdie hair piece.
Detail is important
Its those little personal touches and details that make an individual dress.
embroidered names and date.
names and dates or what ever you want to say can be embroidered inside the lining of the dress
every dress has a hidden corset beneath the dress which is fitted to your figure and will give you a smooth curves and is comfortable to wear and allows the dress to be worn with no bra
button and loop detail
hand sewing 25 buttons and loops to liberty floral dress
dresses have buttons and loop details as well as concealed zip.
French Chantilly beaded lace is used for traditional dress
I love fabrics, particularly good quality fabrics. The better quality the fabric the more beautiful the dress will look.
Looped corset back with red satin ribbon ties.
Hand woven 'Harris' tartan insert
Origami train in cotton organdie fabric.
Origami gold dress with cotton organdie pleated overlay to skirt.