Wedding Dress for Vicki
Vicki commissioned a dress in ivory soft satin and Georgette with a cowl back and hand appliquéd lace.
The dress has and empire line bodice, lightly boned with a sweetheart neckline and shaped straps. The skirt was made of layered satin and Georgette split at centre front to reveal the contrast fabric beneath. A train flowed out at the back and could be hooked up for dancing. The back bodice was cut away and filled with delicate cotton lace, framed by a satin cowl draping from the shoulders. More lace was cut and hand appliquéd to the front bodice and all around the edge of the back opening to blend the join between fabrics.
Original Design Sketch
Vicki wrote: Dear Felicity, I know I’ve thanked you in lots of ways but I just wanted to write to say what a truly talented girl you are. You took my design and from day one made me feel like you were so passionate about it so sure of where you were going with it I felt totally at ease. I loved coming to your house and sharing everything form fabric samples to life stories with you and the final product simply breathtaking. I have had so many compliments on the dress all that detail and though paid off! I wish you every bit of success with your business and with the arrival of your beautiful new baby. Thank you a million times.
Rachel Tyler (Vicki’s mum) wrote: Vicki is so thrilled with her dress-every bit as pleased with how it has all come together as she planned. It would be lovely to see you at the church if you are free. Finally and far too late I get around to writing to you. Your creation for Vicki was just so utterly perfect and so right for her. She looked exactly how she had hoped to and I know it was far beyond her hopes and dreams. You took so much care and of course it showed. The fit was perfect, it moved as she moved and the ooh’s and ahh’s said it all. I do so hope your pregnancy goes well and you have an easy time. Enjoy being a mum! With greatest thanks and best wishes Rachel Tyler
Detail of the lace hand appliquéd to the front bodice. Some edges were left loose to create a soft and fluttering effect.
The layers of Vicki’s train were sewn so that they could easily be picked up all together. A wrist loop provided and easy way to carry them when just stepping across gravel or wet ground.
Making Vicki’s Dress
Pictures from the toile fitting (practice run in cheap fabrics).
After her initial consultation but before Vicky booked-in I sent her pictures and a video (which can be seen on my facebook business page) of a quickly sewn sample. Made from scrap fabrics to check I had the right idea. In the beginning Vicky was toying with the idea of an underbust ribbon or beaded line, hence the silver ribbon here.
Pictures from the first fitting in real fabrics, back view. Pictures taken with and without flash showing how much difference that can make to the colour and shine of simple ivory satin!
Vicki went to London to buy her lace and found something really beautiful but similar fabrics can be found in my sample books, like that shown here from £100/m.
Sewing the lace to the bodice
Pictures from an intermediate fitting
The train hooked up for dancing on a tiny button hidden just inside the cowl drape.
Finished dress on the stand
The delicate cotton lace was supported with a piece of silk organza, specially dyed to match Vicki’s skin tone so it wouldn’t show at all when worn
Pictures from Vicki’s final fitting in the finished dress. The shoulder straps and cowl edge were blended together with a delicate piece of the cotton lace. Pictures from Vicki’s final fitting in the finished dress with the train spread out and hooked up for dancing.
The hidden something blue peeking out when the wrist hoop is bustled up as well.
Vicki found me by recommendation and I bumped into an Katie, a previous client at her wedding.
Katie’s dress (left) made in 2009 was layered georgette and satin too but with a duck egg blue trim and subtle butterfly inspiration