Cadbury purple and silver bridesmaids and flowergirls with butterfly detail

flowergirls on bench grey silver tulle and silk georgette

Alice commissioned three fairytale dresses for her flower girls.

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The dresses each had simple bodices in silver silk satin and layered skirts in grey and white chiffon over gathered tulle. The skirt layers were cut and graduated in petals with tiny purple and white organza butterflies sewn with their wings left to flutter as the girls moved. The neckline and waistline of each dress was embellished with hand applied Swarovski diamante stones to echo the bride’s own dress. Shaped necklines and chiffon shoulder frills made the dresses truly unique.

strapless simple bridesmaid dress with sashAlice commissioned dresses for her grown up bridesmaids in gorgeous purple silk dupion. The simple strapless dresses have fitted and boned bodices, cut princess line with floor length a-line skirts. They have silver silk-satin sashes that loop rather than tie at the back with diamante detailing.

bride and bridesmaid silk dupion hand beading diamante stone swarovski detail sash

The sash ends of both dresses were beaded with swarovski crystal diamante stones to echo the beading on Alice’s wedding dress.

finished couture dresses made to measure silver and purple
The two dresses hanging up ready to be collected, along with Alice’s wedding dress. They have all been steamed and stuffed with tissue paper to make them crease free and easy to travel.
fitting picture couture dressmaker bridesmaids cadbury purple

At the final fitting for the two girls

design sketch princess line ruched sash

design sketch layered dresses for bespoke bridesmaid flowergirls

Original design sketches, showing shoulder and neckline options for the flowergirls

finished dresses on the stand butterflies purple diamante sleeve frills

Finished dress on the stand

neckline detail sweetheart bespoke flowergirl hand beading silver stones

Details of hand applied diamante stones on shaped neckline and waist. This beading took 2.5 hours per dress and used Swarovski stones.

waistline detail swarovski diamante detail couture techniquesbutterflies purple and ivory white with silver bodies hand sewn detail beading

The butterflies were each layered with purple and white edged wings and then highlighted with silver seed-bead bodies. Their wings were left loose to flutter as the girls moved. They were sewn in a flock on each dress to look as though they had just lighted on the girls.

flowergirl fitting picture made to measure dresses silk and tullesilver silk satin baby bridesmaids flowergirls sweetheart necklinein the mirror layered silk chiffon georgette grey silver wedding bespokeflowergirl dresses all ready to go butterfly detail purple silver grey white on the hanger

The steamed dresses, each on their own pretty pink padded hanger, await collection ready for the big day.

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Felicity Westmacott

I write about all aspects of weddings, dressmaking, fashion history, and the human relation to clothing. I welcome comments and debate.

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