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Wedding tips, client write-ups, dressmaking and fashion history

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 […]

City Burlesque Photoshoot: Part 1 ‘the day’

City Burlesque Photoshoot: Part 1 ‘the day’

October 4, 2016

The dress needed to have a vintage, showgirl feel and be really sexy but still realistic as a bridal dress, not many people actually get married in a leotard and feathers! The wiggle skirt with a boned bodice hit all these marks showing off our lovely model, Vanessa’s curves and cinching her waist. I added a teal net petticoat that would show when the high/low hem moved and delicate gold lace detail with Swarovski crystals for showgirl glamour!

Wedding Tradition Series Introduction

Wedding Tradition Series Introduction

September 19, 2016

Speaking to a client recently we traded anecdotes and ideas about the maze of traditions and customs every bride has to traverse while planning her wedding. Some are as old as the hills and others newly arrived on our shores. They vary from the common, the unusual and the nearly forgotten or entirely misunderstood. In […]

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...

Vicky Tyler

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

Vicky Tyler
Reeta

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!

Reeta
Karen Mostert

Satin and lace wedding dress by Felicity Westmacott: thank you letter

Thank you for the amazing job you did in creating the perfect dress for me. It ticked all the boxes and had everyone commenting on how lovely I looked and what a gorgeous dress I had. We had the most fantastic day. Thank you!

Karen Mostert