Hannah was married abroad and wanted a dress that would be light and easy to travel. Her choice of slim style and very light weight fabrics was ideal for this purpose.
A simple strapless dress with very lightly boned bodice and underbust (empire-line) seam. The top layer of the dress is ivory silk tulle gathered horizontally across the bust on the bodice allowing the contrasting taffeta (in violet/gold) to show through. The tulle extends just a little way above the top of the taffeta onto the skin to soften the top line.
For the skirt the tulle is gathered the other way, vertically, into the underbust seam, the top edge allowed to frill above the green satin ribbon. The underskirt will be made of two layers of ivory silk satin, bias-cut which allows it to be slim-line but flowing and without restricting movement. The skirt is floor length with a puddle train of just the tulle (not the lining silks) and the dress fastens centre back with a concealed zip.
The fabrics Hannah chose were particularly luxurious (silks) and therefore expensive. The silk tulle was over £100 per metre! Savings could be made by using cotton (£50p/m) or polyester tulle (£4.50p/m) instead to create the same dress for much lower cost.
Hannah wrote… (Before the wedding) Hi Felicity, Sorry been meaning to email you for the last week and only just got around to it… Just to say thanks again for making my beautiful dress – it’s just prefect and I really love it! I cant wait to show it to everybody!!! Thanks again! Will be sure to recommend you too…
and afterwards… Just thought I’d send you a few pics of our big day.the dress was perfect and Dan absolutely loved it! And it travelled amazingly well considering it took us a car, plane, coach and boat to get to the venue! And wore it again for our party back in the UK so it did well.! We had a great time so thank you again. All the best! Hannah
Making Hannah’s Dress
Original design sketch and the inspiration picture Hannah brought to her first consultation
A picture from a fitting in the dress, almost finished!