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Making the ‘Dip-dye’ dress

Making the ‘Dip-dye’ dress

March 11, 2017

The dip dye dress, called ‘Helada’ was first designed and made as a romantic ivory silk and tulle wedding dress for another shoot but was perfect to upcycle as a canvas for the colours of autumn. Sustainability and un-needful waste in the fashion world are causes that run deep in my philosophy so recreating a […]

Marilyn Monroe was a size 16… or so they say! The nightmare that is women’s sizing today.

Marilyn Monroe was a size 16… or so they say! The nightmare that is women’s sizing today.

February 6, 2017

If you have ever despaired of understanding sizing in the shops, rest assured, you are not alone. Why are you a size 14 in one shop and a size 18 in another? Unless, of course, you have just eaten A LOT of cake in a cafe in between the two shops my musings below may […]

Girls Didn’t Wear Pink

Girls Didn’t Wear Pink

October 23, 2016

Until wash-fast chemical dyes were widespread (1940’s/50’s) most children were dressed largely in white, whether boys or girls, right up until the age or six or seven. Of course they did wear other colours too, but white was practical as the clothes and nappies could be bleached. As they grew up styles were chosen that were […]

I have been making wedding dresses for more than 15 years. My training in Costume for theatre and film and four years as bridal alterations seamstress led me to my specialism. With an understanding of the different ways of cutting and shaping dresses through the centuries, I can draw on hundreds of years of technical and design knowledge in creating unique and contemporary gowns as well as historical and vintage styles. One of my greatest pleasures is seeing my clients over the moon with happiness as their dress ideas come to life.

My customers generally fall into two main categories: those who have searched the bridal shops and simply can’t find the perfect dress (but know the style they’re looking for), and those whose ideas are more vague and will need more of my design help and suggestions. Trying on a few dresses in the shops is essential, as your first ideas may change when you see the style on your own figure.

The key advice I always give is that every bride must dress to please herself, because no one else could pick the dress meant for her.  True to my training I always feel a wedding dress is a costume. It must say something special about this girl on this day, just as a costume tells you about the character and story of someone in a film. A wedding dress tells the story of what a bride wants her future to be. That’s why the dress is important, special, and unique. When someone wears the dress that makes them happy, it will show.

Brides often remark what a delightful surprise it is to find me close to home in East Surrey, for brides coming from Redhill, Reigate, Caterham, Horley, Dorking or Guildford. But my clients travel too, as access is easy from London. Redhill being only 40 minutes direct from Victoria or London Bridge. And clients come from further afield; Kent, Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and all over the South East. Over seas clients are not unknown as Gatwick airport is only 10 minutes away by train, or 20 minutes in a taxi, and Heathrow an easy 40minutes around the M25.

Testimonials

We let our happy customers speak for themselves...

Charlie Graham

Thank you so much – I am soooo happy with the dress, cannot tell you. You are truly amazing and thank you for everything. Charlie xx

Thank you so much for everything. The dress is absolutely wonderful and you have you have been amazing. You are so talented and I am so lucky to have found you. I genuinely meant it – if you ever want to borrow the dress for a show, please only ask. Let’s keep in touch and, again, thank you for everything. Lots of love Charlie xx

Charlie Graham
Claire-Michelle Taverner

Ivory duchess satin and bleu lace wedding dress with Victorian design inspiration by Felicity Westmacott: thank you letterI am not sure I have the adequate words to express how thankful I am or how talented and wonderful I think you are, but I’ll give it a go. my hopes and dreams for my dress were actualised by your amazing hands. It’s been more than a pleasure working wit you and getting to know you. My dress was so beautiful and different – just what I wanted. You made me shine on our special day. Lots of admiration, respect, thanks and love, Claire-Michelle xx

Claire-Michelle Taverner
Thalia Doani

The wedding was perfect, and I loved the dress. It couldn’t have been better made. Thank you very much for doing such a great job. You will definitely hear from me again in the future. I am thinking of having a full length coat made around summer time for next winter, so I’ll get in touch around that time.

Thalia Doani