Wedding Dress for Reeta

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Reeta commissioned a plunge back dress in buttermilk silk satin and ivory lace.

Official photographs by www.photofactorysite.com

The bodice is fitted and softly boned with a sweet-heart neckline. The lace extends higher to just below the collar-bone with narrow straps set wide on the shoulders. The back of the dress plunges in a deep v-neck of shear lace. The pretty scalloped edge from the lace will has been used to edge and soften the neckline at front and all down the back. The underbust line is emphasised with a band of exquisite diamante trim, finished by hand at the sides and back to fade away to nothing. The dress was very fitted to the waist and hips before flaring very gently to the floor. The satin under-layer had only a puddle train while the lace will extended longer so there was a wide band of shear lace beyond the satin. The lace hem was also all edged with the same pretty scalloped edging as the neckline.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Reeta wrote:  Everyone was blown away by the dress! I did not want to take it off!!! I look at her (the dress) hanging and I want to wear her again! Hope you like the pics. I tried choosing pics that would show the dress off as much as possible but the pictures sometimes don’t do her justice!

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust, design sketch

Original design sketch. The narrow underbust ribbon was later changed to the beaded trim you see in the official pictures

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

The bride’s favourite wedding picture

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

The lining of the wide, round train was shorter than the lace to allow it’s beautiful pattern to show up against the floor.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Making Reeta’s Dress

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Toile fitting pictures, the practice run in cheap fabrics.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Intermediate fitting pictures: Reeta’s dress took many fittings to get just right, with everything smooth and sitting correctly, backless dresses are always tricky.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust, a hidden something blue

Wrist loop and a hidden ‘something blue’

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Detail of the underbust beading. We used a bought trim in Swarovski crystal diamante stones for the front. This was finished by hand at the sides and back to fade the design away to nothing.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust, fitting picture

Pictures from the final fitting in the finished dress

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust, train out and hooked up

The back of the dress with the train spread out and bustled up for dancing

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, buttermilk silk and ivory corded lace, backless with diamante detail at underbust

The back of the dress with it’s lace plunge and the train held up on the wrist loop with the little ‘something blue’ peeking out.

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