Wedding Dress and Veil for Lauren

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Lauren’s wedding dress was made from matt satin and hand embellished with delicate lace patterns

Wedding pictures by Bumble and Brown

The dress has a very fitted, princess line bodice, lightly boned and fastening with real buttons and loops at the back. The sweet heart neckline is complimented by a ballet-pinch detail creating a little texture over the bust. The skirt flares from mid thigh into a fishtail shape. At the back the train is made from over lapping ‘petal’ panels inspired by Lauren’s love of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. This was also the inspiration for the lavish quantities of hand lace embellishment all over the bodice, cascading over the train and edging the skirt all round

I also created a matching veil for Lauren, two tiers of ivory tulle with a cotton lace edging

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Detail of the join between bodice and skirt showing the pretty scalloped lace edge used to soften the line. Lauren’s veil was also edged all round with matching lace edging

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: design sketch

Original design sketch: Lauren thought, at first, she would like off the shoulder straps, but at the toile stage (practice run) these were removed.

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Lauren’s dress fastened with real buttons and loops, but a hidden inner corset gave extra structure and support.

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: with 4 bridesmaids also in bespoke dresses

Lauren with her five very beautiful bridesmaids, who also all had dresses made by me.

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail and matching veil

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail and matching veil

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: using the train wrist loop

A wrist loop is sewn inside the train of every dress I make, to make carrying the train outside much easier.

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: with her sister in a bespoke bridesmaid dress

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail

After her wedding Lauren booked a ‘treasure the dress’ photo-shoot and came back with this (and other) wonderful fashion-spread style images. Similar shoots can be booked via The Image Cella .Packages start at £100

 

Making Lauren’s Dress

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: toile fitting and neckline options

Pictures from the toile fitting (practice run). The oval framed picture in the middle shows the originally planned off the shoulder neckline, rejected after this practice in favour of a more classic strapless look.

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: fitting picture

A picture from at intermediate fitting. Lauren in a partially sewn dress, the hem is pinned up and ready to be finished.

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: cutting away the net around the lace

The hand appliqué of lace took 110 hours altogether. The lace was bought as fabric with floral motifs spread across a net ground. This was cut to shape over the dress panels and then every floral motif was delicately hand sewn down before carefully cutting away the ‘net’ between. Lauren wanted it to look as though the lace pattern was part of the satin fabric. This was the same technique used to apply lace appliqué to the ‘Royal’ wedding dress in 2011

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: lace covered panels ready for stitching

The appliqué finished on the front dress panel, ready to be sewn into a dress!

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail:

Detail of one hand sewn lace motif

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: finished button detail

Detail of the button and loop closure at the back of the dress.

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: finished, train detail

The train was also appliquéd all over with lace motifs, and edged with matching cotton lace edging.

Royal Wedding inspired, matt Ivory Satin wedding dress, with lace applique detail: finished on the stand, with the veil

The finished dress on the stand showing the petalled train and two tier veil.

 

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