Wedding Dress for Charlie

Charlotte commissioned a dress in layered silk satin and Georgette with a dramatic low back filled with beaded lace.

Official Wedding Pictures by Sarah McDonnell

The dress has a fitted and boned bodice with a sweet heart neckline below a yoke of beaded lace. The back of the main dress plunges low but is filled to the neckline with beaded lace and trimmed with satin covered buttons. The higher boat-neckline of the lace and the armholes are bound in satin. The skirt is fitted over the hips before flaring into a gentle fishtail with ivory chiffon layered over Champenoise satin. The skirt hem was cut to reveal the layering with the shine of the satin peaking out beneath the matt georgette. The ‘reveal’ is deeper at the back where the skirt flares into a train, which came with a bustle to be hooked up in the evening.</p>

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott

Detail of the back of the dress with the main dress cut away in a curved shape below exquisite ivory lace, specially beaded to order in Italy. Tiny buttons covered in the same champenoise silk satin as the main under-layer of the dress highlight the centre back seam. The dress actually fastens at the side with a concealed zip.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: design sketch

Original Design sketch

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott

Charlotte’s veil was also made bespoke in ivory tulle. Single layer on a comb, worn like this veils are sometimes called ‘Spanish or Mantilla Style”.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott
Charlotte wrote: Thank you so much – I am soooo happy with the dress, cannot tell you. You are truly amazing and thank you for everything. Charlie xx

Thank you so much for everything. The dress is absolutely wonderful and you have you have been amazing. You are so talented and I am so lucky to have found you. I genuinely meant it – if you ever want to borrow the dress for a show, please only ask. Let’s keep in touch and, again, thank you for everything. Lots of love Charlie xx
Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott

Charlotte’s train was made with a bustle-up so it could be hooked up for dancing or when she walked outside.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott

The wrist loop sewn to the underside of the train meant Charlotte could hold up the train easily when she needed to. A hidden ‘something blue’ is always sewn in somewhere on all Felicity Westmacott’s creations.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: hem detail

This picture of Charlotte’s pretty shoes also shows off the graduated layers of hem on her skirt.

Making Charlotte’s Dress

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: fabric sample page

The lace that Charlotte chose on the page from my sample books.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: making the lace inserts

Creating the lace yoke front and back meant carefully choosing cut so the lace pattern would lie pleasingly and symmetrically in the dress design. Silk organza dyed to match Charlotte’s skin was used behind the lace to support the delicate fabric

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: adding the buttons

Buttons covered in silk satin were hand sewn to the back centre seam.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: final fitting picture, back

At Charlotte’s final fitting, the back of the dress with the train spread out.Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: hidden something blue

The wrist loop sewn to the underside of the train meant Charlotte could hold up the train easily when she needed to. A hidden ‘something blue’ is always sewn in somewhere on all Felicity Westmacott’s creations.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: back lace detail

At Charlotte’s final fitting, detail of the lace back.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: final fitting pictture, bodice

At Charlotte’s final fitting, detail of the front lace yoke and neckline.

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: beaded lace detail

Close up of the beaded lace on the finished dress

Ivory silk georgette, satin and beaded lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: final fitting picture

A happy Charlotte at her final fitting in the finished dress and veil.

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