Wedding Dress for Justine

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ivory silk chiffon, ruching detail, fishtail and wing train

Slim fitting dress with boned bodice in duchess satin with silk georgette overlay. The bodice has a deep sweet heart neckline and gathered georgette panels from the underbust going over the shoulders to create straps. Two gathered georgette pieces from a criss-cross feature over the front bodice, echoes with gathered panels on the back bodice. The floor length skirt is a gentle fish tail shape with small train at the back.

The really distinctive part of this dress was the ‘wings’. Made from georgette flowed from just below the shoulders and extended beyond the dress into a longer train. The wings were detachable for the evening part of the wedding and the dress’s train also hooked up for dancing.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ivory silk chiffon, ruching detail, fishtail and wing trainWedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ivory silk chiffon, ruching detail, fishtail and wing train

Original design sketch

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ivory silk chiffon, ruching detail, fishtail and wing train

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ivory silk chiffon, ruching detail, fishtail and wing train

Making Justine’s Dress

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ivory silk chiffon, ruching detail, fishtail and wing train

The underlying structure of the dress is fitted. Right: Justine’s final fitting with detail of the bodice.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ivory silk chiffon, ruching detail, fishtail and wing train

Two views of the dress during the making process. Left: Just the duchess-satin ‘shell’ of the dress. Right: The georgette layer of the skirt is added (side seams still only pinned)

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott: Ivory silk chiffon, ruching detail, fishtail and wing train

Views of the back of the dress showing the wings and the train, in the centre the train has been hooked up for dancing.

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