Karen commissioned a beautiful dress in layers of ivory lace and satin.
The dress has a boned and fitted bodice with sweet heart neckline, where the satin underlayer is just revealed inside the pretty, beaded scalloped lace edge. Half-sleeves also made from the beaded lace covered the tops of Karen’s arms. The empire-line waist is highlighted with a ruched sash in silk dupion which finishes on the natural waistline. The skirt is softly fitted to the top hip before flaring gently in a slight fish-tail. The scalloped edge of the lace is used to trim the hem and the skirt flows out into a small train at the back which came with both a wrist loop and hook-up bustle for the evening.
Karen Wrote: Thank you for the amazing job you did in creating the perfect dress for me. It ticked all the boxes and had everyone commenting on how lovely I looked and what a gorgeous dress I had. We had the most fantastic day. Thank you! Love Karen
Karen’s dress came with a wrist loop for holding the train up off wet grass or gravel – or for dancing!
Original design sketch
Pages from my sample books showing the lace and beaded edging Karen chose.
Detail from a fitting of the bodice with beaded edging and satin under layer revealed at the neckline
The back of the dress was just the lace layer with an opening all down the back from a high round neckline.
A hidden ‘something blue’ sewn next to the wrist loop inside the train layer of Karen’s dress.
Pictures from Karen’s final fitting, the finished dress with the train shown hooked up for dancing and spread out.