Wedding dress for Gerry

Ivory silk dupion dress, walking across grass

Gerry commissioned an elegant dress in ivory dupion with ruched bodice and off the shoulder sleeves.

Official photographs by www.timelesspictures.co.uk

Gerry’s dress was made with a fitted and boned bodice with ruched silk sweeping in a cross over design to one side. The sweetheart neckline flowed into the off the shoulder line around the top of her elbow length sleeves. The dress was gently fitted around the hips before flaring out and falling into a train. ‘Godet’ panels created the fullness of the skirt whist complementing the hang of the silk fabric. The dress was finished with covered buttons at the back and beaded motifs at the hip and the bottom of the back opening.

Ivory silk dupion dress, by a window with two tier veil

Two tier veil with beaded motifs

I also made a veil for Gerry in plain ivory tulle. It was cut to fall longer than her dress’ train and with a blusher for over her face before the ceremony. We finished the veil with the same beaded motifs as on the dress, placed to show up where the veil spread across the floor.

Original design sketch

Original design sketch

Ivory silk dupion dress, walking down the stairs

Gerry wrote: Just so you know – the dress was a huge success. Very beautiful. Just loved it! Thanks so much for making it such a lovely experience. I really appreciate your kindness, advice and all the hard work you have put into the dress. Your quality of work is amazing, Fliss, and incredible value for money. Thank you for all that extra work. I will certainly be recommending you to anyone I hear is getting married!! So will my friends!!! Thank you for making them feel so welcome too.
Best wishes, G
xxx

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Pictures from a mid-fitting with a partially finished dress.

Ivory silk dupion dress, constructions pictures showing ruching

The ruched bodice was created by draping the silk on a stand and then carefully hand stitching all the folds in place.

Ivory silk dupion dress, detail of lace and beaded applique

Detail of the buttons sewn next to the hidden zip and the beaded motif.

Ivory silk dupion dress, detail of wrist loop with blue flower

A wrist loop was sewn inside the train so Gerry could carry her dress safely across the grass when outside. A hidden ‘something blue’ was revealed when she lifted her dress up.

Ivory silk dupion dress, final fitting pictures with veil

Pictures from the final fitting, showing the front and back with the train spread out and bustled up for dancing.Ivory silk dupion dress, finished dress, front and back in the mirrorLace applique to mother-of-the-groom's dress, detail and progress pictures

Gerry’s lovely mother in law, Georgina Butler wanted her shop bought dress to have something extra and we came up with adding this beaded black lace to the lapel and sleeves to create a very elegant finish.

Lace applique to mother-of-the-groom's dressIvory silk dupion dress, with mother-of-the-groom

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