Lou commissioned a simple Kimono style dress in soft sand-coloured silk satin to wear for her wedding day. This dress was worn for a wedding day but was made to an evening dress budget, and so was not lined.
The dress has a high boat-neckline and is loose fitting but pulled in at the waist by a sash. Three quarter length sleeves hang in waterfalls and are integral to the main dress, not sewn on. The neckline, sleeve edges and hem are all bound in wide satin bands to create interest. Lou had a very much loved old dress which she brought to the first consultation and we used it as the basis for her design.
Lou wrote: Hi Felicity, My dress was fab, just what I wanted. We had a fantastic day – thank you. I have attached a couple of photos – we didn’t have a photographer so they are a couple of snaps taken by some of our lovely friends. Thank you for all your help. Thanks, Lou.
Original design sketch
Decorative top stitching around the sleeve bindings. If this dress had been made to a higher budget these edges could have been invisibly hand stitched instead of machined but Lou opted to keep the costs down and the end result is still neat and beautiful!
Detail of the sash passing into a bound slit.
Side and back details of the finished dress on the stand.