Wedding Dress for Madeleine

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott

Madeleine commissioned a slim fitting wedding dress in ivory lace over duchess satin.

The dress has a fitted and boned bodice with scooped, strapless neckline. The skirt is very fitted over the hips before flaring into a dramatic fishtail over netting to support the shape. The back of the dress has a low back to echo the front with a concealed zip to fasten and decorative buttons covered in the same lace and satin as the main dress. The train was cut extra full for a sumptuous look and the whole hem was edged with a pretty scalloped lace border.
Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: back view
Madeleine wrote: I just can’t thank you enough for making my dress so perfect. I loved it and so did everyone else! I’ve had so many comments!
Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott, thank you letter

Dear Felicity,

Thank you so so much for the amazing dress! You had the image I had in my head and made it real and I just can’t thank you enough for that! Lots of love,

Madeleine xxx

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: back button detail

Detail of the back, concealed zip and round cover buttons.

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott

Making Madeleine’s Dress

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: design sketch

Design sketch: The neckline was changed before the dress was actually made up ,as Madeleine had some new ideas (see next pic).

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: design inspiration from sex and the city
Madeleine found her perfect neckline inspiration from seeing SJP’s dress in these pictures. To echo the the wide rounded neckline and we dipped the back of the dress too.
Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: lace samples

Madeleine’s chosen lace fabric as in my sample book

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: toile fitting picture

Toile fitting pictures (practice run)

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: fitting picture

Picture from the penultimate fitting, all done except the hem length

The Final Fitting

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: fitting picture

In her finished dress

Strapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott: fitting pictureStrapless fishtail wedding dress in Ivory lace by Felicity Westmacott

 

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