Illusion back lace wedding dress for Helen

Backless illusion bespoke lace wedding dress against a rose arch

Illusion back lace wedding dress for Helen. The bodice was a traditional sweetheart shape, lightly boned but totally cut away at the back. A simple straight skirt and train balanced the drama of the sheer tulle and lace applique back and sleeves.

Official photography by Alex Tenters Photography

The lace on Helen’s dress was bought as flat fabric but highly worked into with hand appliqué work. Cutting out extra motifs to apply to the main bodice so the pattern appears to fade down the dress, as well as on the invisible mesh of the sleeves and back. The main bodice and skirt were made of light weight ivory satin which flowed and hung beautifully. The hem edge was trimmed with a pretty scalloped lace edging on the plain tulle of the main skirt.

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Original design sketch

Illusion tulle back detail on Helen's low back dressperfectly fitted custom wedding dressboho bride in ivory silk and illusion lace bridal gownhand sewn lace on illusion tulle sweetheart bodice

 Helen wrote: The day was lovely and the dress was a bit hit, thank you so much! I had so many people asking me where I had got it from and saying it was stunning! It really was! My mum and I got it on without any issues on the day and I didn’t want to take it off again! 

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A wrist loop was provided so that Helen could keep her train off the grass when she wanted to.

Final fitting picture something blue and train loop

A hidden ‘something blue’ sewn next the the wrist loop.

Helen was able to dance the night away in this easy to wear and comfortable bespoke wedding dress.

Making Helen’s Dress

Fitting picture of toile or practice run

Making Helen’s dress included the making of a ‘toile’ or practice run of the dress in cheap fabrics. As you can see this stage is a world away from the finished product, but without it the fit and finish could never be as good.

first fitting picture in real fabrics

First fitting in the real fabrics, mostly still plain.

creating a corded lace bodice panel in the studio of a bespoke dressmaker

Working on the lace panels for the bodice.

second fitting picture showing lace not yet cut away

Here the lace has been tacked to the illusion tulle, to decide on placement but not yet properly sewn down or the excess mesh cut away.

Final fitting picture showing train hooked up and spread out

The finished dress shown with the train spread out and hooked up on the bustle button.

Final fitting picture back lace detailfabric detail of of ivory corded lacefinished dress steamed and ready to go

All finished and ready to go.

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 Illusion back lace wedding dress for Helen

Illusion back lace wedding dress for Helen. The bodice was a traditional sweetheart shape, lightly boned but totally cut away at the back. A simple straight skirt and train balanced the drama of the sheer tulle and lace applique back and sleeves.

Official photography by alextentersphotography

The lace on Helen's dress was bought as flat fabric but highly worked into with hand appliqué work. Cutting out extra motifs to apply to the main bodice so the pattern appears to fade down the dress, as well as on the invisible mesh of the sleeves and back. The main bodice and skirt were made of light weight ivory satin which flowed and hung beautifully. The hem edge was trimmed with a pretty scalloped lace edging on the plain tulle of the main skirt.Gorgeous Ellie was married in Vegas on Halloween and her dress was a wonderful mixture of fifties shape, modern styling and subtle Halloween detail.

Helen wrote…

The day was lovely and the dress was a bit hit, thank you so much! I had so many people asking me where I had got it from and saying it was stunning! It really was! My mum and I got it on without any issues on the day and I didn't want to take it off again! 

Making Helen's Dress

Making Helen's dress included the making of a 'toile' or practice run of the dress in cheap fabrics. As you can see this stage is a world away from the finished product, but without it the fit and finish could never be as good.

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