Wedding Dress for Felicity (my own)
Having worked so much in ivory and white I decided to be bright and colourful on my own wedding day.
My dress was made with a boned bodice in green silk with a gold lace overlay. The bodice has a pointed waistline, sweetheart neckline, shaped straps and a peplum at the back. The bodice fastened at the back with with two rows of cover buttons and loops. The full skirt was made in gold silk with contrast green silk waterfall at the back and worn over a hoop and netting. I also had a gold lace bolero.
Many people comment ‘oh medieval’ but in fact nothing of my dress comes from that historical period. I think it’s just the gold and green colour that makes people think of that style. In fact the dress is absolutely modern, there being no period in history when dresses like this were worn, except bridal in the 2000’s! There are elements which have a Victorian feel to them, the peplum, the boned and fitted bodice shape, the full skirt over a hoop, but I could not travel back in time and fit in!
I also made a silk waistcoat for my husband, with 18th century style elements and hand embroidery of fuchsias on the pockets. A gold silk cravat in the same fabric as my dress finished the look.
The back bodice fastened with two rows of real buttons and loops above a flamboyant peplum. The skirt back and train were made in a waterfall of green and gold silk.
The embroidery on my train was all done by hand in Japanese silk thread. Fuchsias on a curling vine with gold lace highlights and a tiny bee to one side. The stamens were highlighted with tiny cerise and gold glass seed beads.
The back waterfall and train all bustled up in the evening to enable me to dance a jive with my new husband.
I also made dresses for my four adult bridesmaids, child bridesmaid and waistcoats for my two pageboys.
I went on a shoemaking course and make my wedding shoes too. The fuchsias are hand embroidered on ivory silk damask. I designed the ‘vine’ to flow across both shoes.
Some views of the dress as a ‘work in progress’.
Left: The toile or practice run of the bodice shape (back view). Top right: a view of the inside of the bodice being pinned before sewing. Bottom right: a view of the bodice being fitted before the gold lace was added