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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...

Katie Darvall

I want to thank Felicity for making me the most wonderful wedding dress! I nothing was quite right. It was very easy taking my ideas to Felicity who designed and then made the perfect dress for my special day. I was able to incorporate my colour scheme (Aqua) and theme (Butterflies) by having the dress made specifically for me and of course it also meant that it fitted beautifully. The cost worked out at no more than buying a shop bought one too!
I had so many compliments on the day itself and am still getting them now when people see the photos- I would highly recommend using Felicity’s services to anyone who is getting married

Katie Darvall
Tracey Crawford

Just a quick note to say that Peter and I returned from our honeymoon a couple of weeks ago after a very lovely wedding ceremony at Langshott Manor. As promised, I attach a few photographs, with particular emphasis on the gorgeous dress you made me and which drew so many appreciative comments from friends and family. I would like to say again how very much I enjoyed the process of designing a dress with you – from choosing a fabric to discussing design and getting fitted, it was a joy to watch it all come together. I hope these photos and comments are of use to you on future projects, but please let me know if you need any further reference, as I would be happy to supply one.
Kind regards Tracey Gill (nee Crawford!)

Tracey Crawford
Cristina Dineen

I hope you can see from these pictures that the dress was just beautiful. You were friendly and approachable, and made the whole process just a treat. I felt glamorous ad romantic yet comfortable and like myself in the dress. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Thanks and best wishes to you and your family, Cristina.

Cristina Dineen