Friday, 11 December 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Well the sewing machines are cooling down as the last of the Christmas wedding dresses are finished and waved goodbye to!

It's been such a busy year work-wise this year. The busiest since I left my King's Parade premises in 2008 to work at home, and then in my new garden studio in summer 2014.

Thank you to everyone who wore one of my wedding dresses this year, and every previous year! I really appreciate your custom. It's more about just 'custom' though, which sounds very...impersonal. Having someone actually choose me to make their wedding dress is a huge honour and means such a lot to me. It's a responsibility I take very seriously and is difficult to explain how much it means to me, and how much care and energy, both physical and psychic I put into your dress!

Also a big thank you to Lindsay and Chloe, both of whom have helped create this years dresses with me. You have both been an enormous help. :-) xx

*THANK YOU EVERYONE!*

If you're reading this and wondering whether to get in touch about a wedding dress, don't be scared, just do it! Email is best. I have dreadful reception in my studio, so although the phone will ring, it will cut off when I answer it. So if you want to call, and I don't answer, please leave a message - I will ring you back, but email is better and quicker, because I'll notice your message more quickly. Contact details are on the side of the blog or on my website. (Helpful note: If you keep ringing, but don't leave a message, I will assume you are a junk call and not call back...just saying. I get so many junk/selling calls that I'd never get any dresses finished if I answered them all, so the bad reception is a blessing for me, if a slight irritant to a genuine caller.)

More thank-yous: I also want to thank everyone who voted for me in the Four Counties Wedding Awards. I am a finalist!
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Several of my clients this year have said I should show some pictures of my studio. So I'll be doing that in the New Year. I meant to do so last year, but it was a case of 'paint dry - move in - start work'! And now it's 18 months on and I haven't got around to it. So if you're interested, I will be posting some pics soon. Also, in consultation with my brides, I will be compiling some FAQs about my service. This is also a New Year's project, so watch this space if you think this will be helpful to you. I will post them here and on my website in due course. If you have any questions that would be good to include in my FAQs please post them in the comments.

I thought I'd leave you with a picture of bride Anneka, who got married this summer. I've not shown her wedding photos yet, so this is a sneak preview! More of her and all the brides I've not yet shown, next year! 

Photographer: Lucy Shergold

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and here's to a peaceful and calm 2016, not just here but worldwide.

Xxx


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Wow White Pleated Wedding Dress!

Back in the spring, I posted something along the lines of:

"This year I'm making the shortest and the biggest wedding dresses I've ever made" or some such.

I also posted on Facebook about cutting out the skirts for a dress and the hems being something like 40 metres long. (I can't remember the exact length, but I had measured it, and it was certainly very long!!)

Well this is that 'biggest' and 'longest hemmed' dress and it belongs to Karen, who got married to Mark in July this summer.

Before I go any further, these pictures are taken by photographer Rachel Barnes.



You may have been expecting an enormous dress from my earlier comments, and although full-skirted, it's not that big to look at is it? As you can see the proportions suit Karen really well; she's got the height to go with it. I meant 'voluminous skirted'!

When Karen first contacted me, she showed me a picture of a full skirt with large pleats and wanted to know if I could make something similar. We then discussed the design for the top half, and whether it should be a dress in one piece or a 2-piece bodice and skirt.

The dress itself is quite a simple design visually, no lace or beading, and a simple seamed bodice with sleeves. The skirt is where the action is, with 3 layers of graduated box pleats, which was a challenge to pattern-cut and make! It took two of us to manoeuvre it around the studio at times!




Karen's dress is made of white silk Taffeta, with a charcoal sash and bow at the waist.

I hope you like it. :-) Thanks for sending me these images Karen. xx


Friday, 6 November 2015

Pretty Lace Wedding Dress

Here's some photos of bride Rachael's pretty wedding dress from earlier this year.


Rachael originally chose a different dress design from my Collection, and then changed her mind half way through! She had narrowed down her selection to a couple of designs and looked great in both, which is always a tricky situation. But after asking colleagues, her mum, friends and me, she picked the design.....and then a few weeks later changed it to the one above! Luckily before I'd cut out the actual silks and lace!


The dress is very similar, but not exactly the same as my Gaia dress design, which wasn't one of Rachael's original choices, although she had tried it on at her first appointment!


The lace is a delicate ivory Chantilly lace over a silk base, with a tiny pearl trim under the bust-line. It fitted her like a glove, I was very pleased with the outcome.





Rachael maintains (still, in a recent email) that she was a 'Bridezilla' because she changed her mind about her design. I can say hand on heart that she wasn't. I will always do what I can for each bride within the time available, and I wouldn't agree to change a design if it isn't possible. :-)

I hope you like the dress. It was the best one for her I think!

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By the way, thanks to everyone who has voted for me in the Four Counties Wedding Awards. I'm very touched, so thank you. The voting has been extended to November 8th at 5pm, so if you haven't voted and you would like to, there's still time. :-)

Monday, 26 October 2015

4 Counties Wedding Awards

I've entered a bridal supplier competition!!!

I don't normally do this sort of thing. To be honest, I'm just too shy mostly. However I've bitten the bullet and entered a regional competition: The Four Counties Wedding Awards.

If I've made your dress in the last 12 months and you would like to vote for me, please do so! My entry is mainly about customer service and going the extra mile.

I will be very grateful :-) Just click on the badge to the right there, and follow the links to vote. Voting closes at midnight on the 31st Oct.

Thank you! xxx



Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Bright Pink Wedding Dress

image by alanmillerphotography.com

Every once in a while I am asked to make something a bit different, and back in the springtime, Sherie set me a brief for a vibrant coloured dress (with pockets) that could be worn again for other events, and this is the result. I love this dress! Sherie wore her own cuff-links with the dress, and it has a bright green lining inside the skirt, which sadly I don't have any pictures of, but you'll have to take my word for it!

The first and last images by photographer Alan Miller, and the ones in between are my work in progress shots.

I hope you like it.







image by alanmillerphotography.com






Friday, 2 October 2015

Springtime Sage Green & Vintage Lace Wedding Dress



This is springtime bride Julie (and her husband), who, as the title suggests, wore a sage green silk dress with a vintage-y looking nude/oyster coloured lace overlay.

When Julie first came to see me, she wasn't looking for anything traditionally bridal in colour, and was originally thinking of  a richer blue or green colour, with comfort being a priority for her. We looked at a few green and blue laces but none hit the spot, so I suggested that she go on an exploration of some of the fabric shops in London to see if anything caught her eye. (I often send people off with a list of potential shops if I have nothing in the studio that matches their ideas.)


It did, and Julie came back with a small piece of the lace she'd found to show me, but as I recall, there wasn't much of it left on the roll in the shop. We discussed and revised the design again and I advised her to buy the remaining piece of lace and said that I would draft the dress pattern to fit in with the amount of remaining lace she had bought. I always naturally take in to account the shape and pattern of the fabric being used, but not as stringently as I did for this dress! We needed to keep it simple to use the fabric effectively. Luckily Julie was happy with a simple design, and the lace looked great as a result.


The under-layer colour was chosen after the lace was finalised to a shot sage-green/gold-ish silk Dupion which complemented the lace perfectly.


Friday, 18 September 2015

Mini wedding dress (that means very short)...







This year I've made the fullest and the shortest wedding dresses that I've ever done!

This is Mandy who knew from the off that she wanted a mini dress and it was to be white lace. After a small amount of searching we went for a white Guipure lace from Harrington Fabric & Lace.

It's a simple design but actually took a reasonable amount of time to make because there's quite a bit of hand-sewing to secure the lace. It was amusing during the fittings because I started off with quite a modest length and Mandy wanted it to be shorter at each fitting! At the final hem fitting we did a sit-down test to make sure all was decent and this was the finished length! :-)

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Backless lace & tulle wedding dress

Okay, so my last post was in March and it's now September. Oops! Oh well, it's been an extremely busy wedding season for me, and as a result, making the dresses, family and sleep have to come before social networking!

Now things have calmed down I have a lot of dresses that I want to show you, kindly sent to me by my recent clients.

(I also haven't finished showing the dresses that were photographed at the beginning of the year either. All in good time.)

I thought I'd start by showing you a wedding from back in the early spring, although you wouldn't know it from the photos as the wedding was in Florida!

This is Laura-Jean and her chap, looking lovely and windswept on their wedding day.






Laura-Jean's dress was ivory hand appliqu├ęd lace with tulle skirts and lots of roped beading.

More to show you soon.


Friday, 27 March 2015

Elsa: Simple & feminine Guipure lace wedding dress








Love, love, love this dress!

This is another of my new Collection dresses called Elsa. It's a very simple and easy to wear dress, brilliant if you don't want to feel like your dress is wearing you, or for a simple country wedding or small venue perhaps?

Elsa is made from several layers of silk Georgette in the skirt and has a boned silk bodice overlaid with hand-cut Guipure lace. We love this lace because it has a lovely irregular edge.

The pictures for all this shoot were taken by Andrew from Lightworks Photography.

Before I forget, it's the Secret Garden Wedding Marquee Open Day at Burwash Manor tomorrow. It's a lovely venue so do pop along and have a look if you don't have a venue yet. Andrew from Lightworks will be there too so go and say hello to him too!

Friday, 20 March 2015

A Rose Print Wedding Dress





Good afternoon, how are you?

I am very busy these days, which is wonderful! Thank you to all my brides for your bookings this year! xx

Here is another of my new (ish) Collection wedding dresses. I say new-ish because I'm not sure I've had this one photographed before and it hasn't had much exposure, so it still feels new to me. It's named Rosa, for obvious reasons.

I'm lucky because I get quite a lot of variety in the dresses I'm asked to make, especially a variety of colours. However, ivory remains the most popular colour within the dresses I design. Anyway, I decided to combine the two and design a dress with a colourful print combined with a dark ivory silk. The printed bust section is a cotton print. My thinking behind it is that you could combine any printed fabric with a more traditional bridal colour, as in this dress, to come up with something that is unique to you. The other option would be to replace the printed section with a tonal lace or you could keep it plain...? As long as the fabrics worked well together, why not? Or, you could have the entire dress made of the print! That would certainly be different!

Thank you Bernadette for modelling this dress. :-)

Friday, 13 March 2015

Clementine, a new colourful wedding dress.




Here's another of my new dresses, Clementine. Named for obvious reasons perhaps? Obvious to me, because these days I need the names of the dresses to instantly remind me of the actual dress!

I really wanted to make an orangey wedding dress, but when it came down to it the colours were too orange, so I toned it down a bit and went for a softer, salmon-like colour instead.

This type of dress could also be made in ivory or white, or any colour really - it's the lace colour that determines the main colour-way because it's likely that a lace will have a narrower colour choice than the main silk of the dress. (I think it would look good as a white dress with black lace too.)

I hitched up the silk on this skirt because I like the texture it gives, but it can also be made as a smooth skirt and train if you prefer.

I hope you like it. :-)


Monday, 9 March 2015

Flowers for a Springtime Wedding


Found on: weddingchicks.com

stylemepretty.com  Bouquet by Flor del Monte

Found at: http://tumblr.owenandhunter.co.uk

Found at: http://marthastewartweddings.com

Found on http://vivreshabbychic.com


I do enjoy looking at and growing flowers, but I don't claim to be very knowledgeable about what exactly grows when and where. As spring is almost here and the Spring wedding season is now underway, I thought I'd share some images from one of my Pinterest boards 'Spring Bouquets and Flowers' for those of you who might need some inspiration for your wedding bouquet. If you use Pinterest do pop over and have a look. These images above feature at least some springtime flowers (if you're in the UK) and those on my Pinterest board do look 'Springtime-ish', even if not horticulturally accurate!