Wedding Dress for Liz

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicitywestmacott

Made in teal shot silk Liz’s dress has a boned bodice with ruching to the hip and a wide off the shoulder neckline. The skirt falls in graduated tiers of waterfall frills. Hand appliqué of teal lace adds sparkle and texture to the neckline and skirt.

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott

Liz had shoes dyed and embellished with matching lace by Marsha hall

Liz wrote: “My dress is stunning and I love it – you have done me proud – I can’t wait until November to wear it, I want to wear it now!! lol. I think you can tell by the smiles on my face in the photos how pleased I am with it. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough so for now I will say in French – Merci mille fois or a thousand thankyous!”

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: design sketch

The original design sketch.

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott

A lace motif cut and appliquéd to the dress was hand beaded with Swarovski crystals, seed beads and diamanté stones to create a ‘brooch’ highlight on one hip.

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: beading detailateal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: lace edeatil

Motifs of sequinned lace were carefully cut and sewn to the dress along the edges of the skirt tiers

bow tie to match the bride in teal silk by Felicity Westmacott

I also made a bow-tie for Andy, the groom, in silk to match Liz’s dress.

bow tie to match the bride in teal silk by Felicity Westmacott: untied

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: fitting picture in toile (practice run)

A picture from the ‘toile’ or practice run fitting. The dress is made from cheap fabrics to check fit and style before cutting into silks and expensive lace

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: fitting picture in partly made dress

An intermediate fitting during the making process

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: final fitting pictures

Liz in the finished dress at her final fitting.

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: finished on the stand

The finished dress on the stand

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: detail of inner lace up bodice behind zip

The back of the dress closed with a concealed zip over an inner lace up layer that provided shape and support.

allen15teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott: detail of crystals and hidden 'something red'

Detail of the tiny Swarovski crystals sewn as a scattering along the roll-hems of the waterfall frills that fell from her front hip. I usually sew in a hidden ‘something blue’, but her Liz’s whole dress was already blue I sewed in a red rose for ‘love’ instead.

teal silk wedding dress with lace applique by Felicity Westmacott

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