Art Deco silk and lace bias cut wedding dress for Katherine

boat neck wedding dress bloused bodice scrunchie tie groom

A contemporary fusion of 1930’s and Victorian fantasy elements went into the design of Katherine’s wedding dress.

Official photography by Debs Ivelja

The main dress was made of buttermilk coloured silk satin and ivory lace with subtle gold thread running through it. The bustle was made of silk chiffon in five subtle dusty-pastel colours and ivory tulle ornamented with a beaded trim.

I also made the groom’s scrunchy-tie in fabric to match the bride’s dress.

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The style featured a bloused bodice with boat neckline and beaded shoulder detail. The main dress was cut low at the back and filled with beautiful lace, with scalloped edging on the neckline and a button and loop closure.

An extra long sash wrapped around Katherine’s waist more than once and tied to one side with waterfall ends, trimmed with metallic beaded lace. The skirt was bias-cut and had a little puddle train behind. The main dress fastened with a concealed zip and decorative buttons in an Art Deco style, square with a little diamante sparkle to each.

low back wedding dress with Chantilly lace

The back of Katherine’s dress was inspired by quite a different style to the front. The low lace back balances the dramatic bustle made in layers of ethereal tulle, lace and chiffon

Katherine wrote:
Thank you so much again for all of your fantastic work everyone just loved the dresses and kept commenting on how unusual mine was!!!
Take care
Katherine. Xxx

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Detail of metallic beaded lace trim, used at shoulder, on sash and top of bustle train.

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The bustle back was made of tulle, delicate lace and torn chiffon. It buttoned onto the back of the main dress so it was removable for later in the day.

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I also made Katherine’s bridesmaids’ dresses, click here to see more pictures.

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silk satin and lace wedding dress with waterfall sash

The wide satin sash wrapped twice around Katherine’s waist before draping in a waterfall to one side. The edges were weighted with exquisite metallic lace appliqué.

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The amazing bustle train was removable, though in then end Katherine loved it too much to take it off on the day! She could have unfastened the buttons and loops hidden under the sash leaving just the dress beneath to have a simpler look. The bustle was made to look like ‘something found in grandma’s attic’ – clouds of ivory tulle with waterfalls of torn-edge silk chiffon in palest pink, cream, grey and mint. Lace left over from making the back bodice was tucked in and brought the bustle together with the rest of the dress, despite disparate design inspirations! More of the metallic beaded edging trimmed the top of the bustle, on the two ‘bow loops’ padded out to be really ‘bustley’ for the luxurious look Katherine craved.

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Never let it be said a dress has to get in the way of dancing!

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Making Katherine’s Dress

original design sketch by Felicity Westmacott

Original design sketch

calico fitting picture toile practice run

Pictures from the toile (practice run) fitting.

bias cut wedding dress fitting picture made to measureAn intermediate fitting in a partly made dress

tulle bustle wedding dress torn edge chiffonFittings with the tulle bustle, before and after adding the torn silk chiffon layers.

fitting picture tulle bustle sash and trimDetail of the bustle with lace applique pinned on

Detail of the beaded lace trim to the shoulder and art deco button fastening in the delicate chantilly lace.

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  Art Deco silk and lace bias cut wedding dress for Katherine

A contemporary fusion of 1930's and Victorian fantasy elements went into the design of Katherine's wedding dress.

Official photography by Debs Ivelja

The main dress was made of buttermilk coloured silk satin and ivory lace with subtle gold thread running through it. The bustle was made of silk chiffon in five subtle dusty-pastel colours and ivory tulle ornamented with lace beaded trim.

I also made the groom's scrunchy-tie in fabric to match the bride's dress and her bridesmaids dresses too, click here to see more pictures.

The wedding dress featured a bloused bodice with boat neckline and beaded shoulder detail. The main dress was cut low at the back and filled with beautiful lace, with scalloped edging on the neckline and a button and loop closure.

An extra long sash wrapped around Katherine’s waist more than once and tied to one side with waterfall ends, trimmed with metallic beaded lace. The skirt was bias-cut and had a little puddle train behind. The main dress fastened with a concealed zip and decorative buttons in an Art Deco style, square with a little diamante sparkle to each.

The back of Katherine's dress was inspired by quite a different style to the front. The low lace back balances the dramatic bustle made in layers of ethereal tulle, lace and chiffon. The bustle back was made of tulle, delicate lace and torn chiffon. It buttoned onto the back of the main dress so it was removable for later in the day, though in then end Katherine loved it too much to take it off on the day! She could have unfastened the buttons and loops hidden under the sash leaving just the dress beneath to have a simpler look. The bustle was made to look like 'something found in grandma's attic' - clouds of ivory tulle with waterfalls of torn-edge silk chiffon in palest pink, cream, grey and mint. Lace left over from making the back bodice was tucked in and brought the bustle together with the rest of the dress, despite disparate design inspirations! More of the metallic beaded edging trimmed the top of the bustle, on the two 'bow loops' padded out to be really 'bustley' for the luxurious look Katherine craved.

Never let it be said a dress has to get in the way of dancing, as these pictures show nothing held Katherine back!

Katherine Wrote...

Thank you so much again for all of your fantastic work everyone just loved the dresses and kept commenting on how unusual mine was!!!

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