Clare’s wedding celebration was a simple affair and she wanted a an understated but still pretty dress to wear for her ceremony on London’s South Bank. This dress worn for a wedding day but was made to a bridesmaids dress budget.
Made in antique ivory (cream) silk dupion the dress was a simple princess line with ankle length skirt and halter neck strap. The bodice had a sweet-heart neckline and was lightly boned. Clare’s waist was emphasised with a ruched sash in a buttermilk silk dupion that flared out into a dramatic water fall bustle at the back. A pretty flower corsage with ribbons finished the outfit.
Fitting picture in the finished dress showing the bustle waterfall sash ends at the back.
We added two beautiful silk roses with touches of gold to highlight Claire’s neat waistline.
This was actually the second design for Clare’s dress. Clare wasn’t quite sure how she wanted the sash to be when we started and so the plan was to play with some fabric during a fitting and design it ‘on the body’. This sketch was drawn after we’d decided on the final sash shape.
The first design for Clare’s dress had an asymmetric sweep for the sash and the waterfall at the side.
This idea was rejected during the making process and replaced with the new design shown in the last picture.