Wedding Dress for Vicki

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back
Vicki commissioned a dress in ivory soft satin and Georgette with a cowl back and hand appliquéd lace.

Official photographs by Vivien Woods
A short video of Vikki’s dress being worn here: Vicki’s Dress

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.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back
Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: design sketch

Original Design Sketch

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: thank you letter
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
Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: bodice detail

Detail of the lace hand appliquéd to the front bodice. Some edges were left loose to create a soft and fluttering effect.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: the bride and her dressmaker
Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back : the train carried on the wrist loop

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.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back

 

Making Vicki’s Dress

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: toile fitting pictures

Pictures from the toile fitting (practice run in cheap fabrics).

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: practice run of the lce applique

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.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back, with and without flash makes such a difference to the shine of satin

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!

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: the lace fabric we used

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.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: pinning on the lace ready to sew

Sewing the lace to the bodice
Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: fitting pictures

Pictures from an intermediate fitting

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back the train hooked up on it's bustle button for dancing

The train hooked up for dancing on a tiny button hidden just inside the cowl drape.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: detail of side and back bodice
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

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: strap detail

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.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: finished, steamed and ready to go

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back: hanging up showing the little hidden 'something blue'

The hidden something blue peeking out when the wrist hoop is bustled up as well.

Wedding Dress by Felicity Westmacott, Ivory silk satin and georgette, lace applique bodice and cowl back, a previous client at the wedding 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

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