Wedding Dress and Cravats for Marie
Marie commissioned a slim fitting wedding dress in silver coloured silk dupion. The dress has a fitted and boned bodice and a gentle fishtail skirt that flares at the back into a train. The off-the-shoulder neckline is softened with a silk chiffon cowl that hangs loose at the back to swing when Marie danced.
Marie wrote: Thank you so much for the brilliant job you did making our dresses. The girls loved theirs and will be wearing them again. My dress was fabulous and I really enjoyed wearing it. I felt glamorous and elegant in it. I was really quite sad to take it off at the end of the day. Everyone thought that we all looked great and the look was topped off by the boys in their matching cravats and hankies.
Pictures from Marie’s wedding showing the train bustled for dancing (left) and also held up by the wrist loop for extra ‘swishing’ when twirling (right). Marie also commissioned custom made shoes in silk to match her dress. Bespoke shoes cost from £300 from www.marshahall.com
Original design sketch
Marie commissioned cravats and hankies made up for the groomsmen in teal coloured silk to match her bridesmaids, while her new husband wore silver to match her own dress.
Marie also commissioned two stunning bridesmaids dresses in teal coloured silk for her attendants. See more pictures here.
Making Marie’s Dress
Pictures from Marie’s final fitting showing the dress from the front and the back with the trainspread out and bustled up for dancing.
Pictures from the toile fitting.
After I take your measurements I draft a flat paper pattern for your dress. The pattern is then cut out in a cheap fabric (usually calico) and sewn together for a fitting. Any adjustments needed are pinned on and copied over to the paper pattern ready to be used on the real fabric. The toile stage saves expensive mistakes with your real materials and means you can check the fit and style are perfect in time for a complete change of mind if need be!