Guipure lace, illusion back and fishtail wedding dress for Ayesha

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Stunning dress in winter white duchess satin and bold guipure lace. The bodice was built on skin coloured illusion tulle netting with an open back and plunging front neckline. A simple fitted fishtail skirt with dramatic round train balanced the detail above.

Official photography by DSVisuals

Ayesha’s bodice had beaded guipure-lace hand appliquéd onto a skin colour base. A plunging front neckline is echoed at the back with a dipped skirt line to reveal as much back as possible. The lace comes round her shoulder line and arms to frame her neck and head. A stunning pearl button and loop fastening appears to float on her skin. The skirt is cut straight and slim at the front and flares into a dramatic circular train behind. The lace appliqué continues from the bodice onto the skirt and down Ayesha’s hips.

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church door mermaid fishtail silhouette

The fishtail or mermaid silhouette of Ayesha’s figure with the dress to compliment makes for a dramatic look.

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Ayesha Wrote


I just wanted to thank you again for the dress. The wedding was yesterday and it was amazing. Soooooooo many compliments about my dress. So thank you for making such an incredible dress that was a huge part of my special day.

Every single person comments on how fabulous my dress is. 🙂 I love it!!

Thank you soooooo much for everything. I really love my dress. You were very patient with me and I appreciate that.

original design sketch by Felicity Westmacott wedding dress illusion back

Original design sketch – in the end the lace edging on the skirt design was moved to the veil instead.

two tier winter white tulle veil customchurch wedding slim fit bridal gown and veil made to measure

 I also made Ayesha’s veil. Two tiers, full length with beautiful guipure lace edging sewn to the bottom, to compliment the dress and add weight to the floaty tulle.

bride and groom tour the tables made to measure wedding dressbride carrying her train and veil

The train came with a hook up for the evening and a wrist loop for ease of movement in the daytime. A tiny ‘something blue’ sewn next to the wrist loop is a finishing touch I add to all my dresses!

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plunge neckline with illusion tulleA fitting picture detail of the bodice lace.

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Making Ayesha’s Dress

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The lace chosen for Ayesha’s dress was a large scale floral and scrolling leaf guipure lace with diamante and pearl detail. It had to be hand cut and sewn to the tulle bodice piece by piece to create the symmetrical neckline.

toile fitting bespoke wedding dress fit and flare

Pictures from the toile fitting (practice run) in cheap fabrics where we check style and fit before cutting the more costly materials.

ayesha6 making the dress fitting picture bust cups and tulle

Above: first fitting in the real fabrics while the illusion tulle bodice and skirt were still separate, below shows the difference the lace work makes to the final look.

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Guipure lace, illusion back and fishtail wedding dress for Ayesha

Stunning dress in winter white duchess satin and bold guipure lace. The bodice was built on skin coloured illusion tulle netting with an open back and plunging front neckline. A simple fitted fishtail skirt with dramatic round train balanced the detail above.

Official photography by DSVisuals

Ayesha's bodice had beaded guipure-lace hand appliquéd onto a skin colour base. A plunging front neckline is echoed at the back with a dipped skirt line to reveal as much back as possible. The lace comes round her shoulder line and arms to frame her neck and head. A stunning pearl button and loop fastening appears to float on her skin. The skirt is cut straight and slim at the front and flares into a dramatic circular train behind. The lace appliqué continues from the bodice onto the skirt and down Ayesha's hips. The fishtail or mermaid silhouette of Ayesha's figure with the dress to compliment makes for a dramatic look.

I also made Ayesha's veil. Two tiers, full length with beautiful guipure lace edging sewn to the bottom, to compliment the dress and add weight to the floaty tulle.

The train came with a hook up for the evening and a wrist loop for ease of movement in the daytime. A tiny 'something blue' sewn next to the wrist loop is a finishing touch I add to all my dresses!

original design sketch, in the end the lace edging on the skirt design was moved to the veil instead.

Ayesha wrote…

 

Thank you soooooo much for everything. I really love my dress. You were very patient with me and I appreciate that. I just wanted to thank you again for the dress. The wedding was yesterday and it was amazing. Soooooooo many compliments about my dress. So thank you for making such an incredible dress that was a huge part of my special day. 

Every single person comments on how fabulous my dress is. :) I love it!!

Making Ayesha’s Dress

The lace chosen for Ayesha's dress was a large scale floral and scrolling leaf guipure lace with diamante and pearl detail. It had to be hand cut and sewn to the tulle bodice piece by piece to create the symmetrical neckline.

Pictures from the toile fitting (practice run) in cheap fabrics where we check style and fit before cutting the more costly materials.

The first fitting in the real fabrics shows when the illusion tulle bodice and skirt were still separate and the next picture below shows the difference the lace work makes to the final look. 

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