Wedding Dress for Liz

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Made in teal shot silk Liz’s dress has a boned bodice with ruching to the hip and a wide off the shoulder neckline. The skirt falls in graduated tiers of waterfall frills. Hand appliqué of teal lace adds sparkle and texture to the neckline and skirt.

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Liz had shoes dyed and embellished with matching lace by Marsha hall

Liz wrote: “My dress is stunning and I love it – you have done me proud – I can’t wait until November to wear it, I want to wear it now!! lol. I think you can tell by the smiles on my face in the photos how pleased I am with it. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough so for now I will say in French – Merci mille fois or a thousand thankyous!”

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The original design sketch.

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A lace motif cut and appliquéd to the dress was hand beaded with Swarovski crystals, seed beads and diamanté stones to create a ‘brooch’ highlight on one hip.

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Motifs of sequinned lace were carefully cut and sewn to the dress along the edges of the skirt tiers

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I also made a bow-tie for Andy, the groom, in silk to match Liz’s dress.

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A picture from the ‘toile’ or practice run fitting. The dress is made from cheap fabrics to check fit and style before cutting into silks and expensive lace

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An intermediate fitting during the making process

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Liz in the finished dress at her final fitting.

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The finished dress on the stand

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The back of the dress closed with a concealed zip over an inner lace up layer that provided shape and support.

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Detail of the tiny Swarovski crystals sewn as a scattering along the roll-hems of the waterfall frills that fell from her front hip. I usually sew in a hidden ‘something blue’, but her Liz’s whole dress was already blue I sewed in a red rose for ‘love’ instead.

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