Green Velvet Dress and Silk Wrap for Susan

mother and daughter on her wedding day bespoke mother of the bride dress forest green velvet with sleeves
Susan asked me to make her this classic dress in stunning forest green velvet. The dramatic plunge back and colourful embellishment contrasts with the understated and simple elegance of the front.

Official photographs by Feather & Birch Photography

The dress was cut princess line, knee length with boat neckline at the front. Susan opted for bloused sleeves in silk chiffon that finished in a narrow velvet cuff, with diamante button detail. The same chiffon was used for a draped cowl down the very low open back. Swarovski stones in jewel colours were hand sewn to the bottom of the cowl.

Susan also had a wrap made in matching velvet with a contrast gold silk collar and lining.

mother bride and friends, elegant dress with sleeves for special occasions and wedding special advice moment, low plunge back mother of the groom dress made to measureoriginal design sketch by Felicity Westmacott, made to measure bespoke dress

Original design sketch, the collar shown was taken out after the toile fitting as Susan preferred a simple neckline.

mother of the bride dancing the night away in cowl back dress made to order green silk velvet and chiffonlow cowl back with diamante detail bespoke dressmaker

bloused silk chiffon sleeves with diamnate button narrow cuffs

Detail of the bloused sleeve and narrow velvet cuff, finished with a diamante button

on the work room table hand beading chunky jewels red cerise pink yellow green

Sewing on all the Swarovski stones ion my work table. At first we were going to have them backed with this gold silk, but Susan later changed her mind and they were sewn direct to the chiffon of the dress.

detail of hand embellishment to cowl back dress jewel bright pink yellow greenpointed back round marquise oval sqaure swarovski diamante sew on stonesdetail of hand beaded embellishment made to order swarovski gemstones diamante fitting picture in finished bespoke mother of the bride dress

Pictures from Susan’s final fitting

fitting picture vintage style collared shawl cape wrap made to measure

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