Modern Classic beaded lace and silk georgette wedding dress for Sarah Louise

bride arriving at ceremony fit and flare skirtI made Sarah-Louise’s dress in Ruched silk georgette with a gentle fishtail flare. The lace over-bodice had scalloped edging and a button back.

Official photographs by Sebastian Lomas

The dress was made in two parts, a strapless underdress in ivory silk Georgette (a type of matt finish chiffon) and a removable beaded lace over-bodice. The main dress had a firm, boned bodice with a sweetheart neckline and concealed zip back fastening. It was made with a base of duchess satin, with the silk georgette ruched on the bodice and cascading into the flare of the skirt.

The lace over bodice had a higher neckline finished with a wide scalloped edging, also used on the short, t-shirt type sleeves. The bottom edge of the lace finished just below Sarah-Louise’s natural waistline and was finished with a more subtle scalloped edge. It fastened at the centre back with feature buttons and loops.

scalloped edge lace beaded bolero over bodice

The thistle brooch Sarah-Louise wore had family significance, such a lovely special touch!church wedding train with hook up wrist loop

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Original design sketch by Felicity Westmacott simple wedding dress

Original Design Sketch

thank you letter testimonial

Sarah-Louise wrote: Thank you so much for designing and making me such a beautiful dress that will be shared with generations to come. I am so pleased with the final outcome. I felt like such a beautiful bride and I would have been lost without such an eye catching dress. Thank you so much for all your time and effort spent. Words cannot express how much it means to me.
Lots of love from Sarah-Louise.

cutting the cake fine ruching on bodice and hip

dress hanging in window simpledressing the bride lace over bodicecarefree bride ivory silk wedding dressI was lucky enough to be invited to this wedding, here I am with my then 10 month old baby girl, Rosalind. I made the dress I am wearing too, in bright printed cotton with fuchsia pink chiffon overlay. It’s made as a breast feeding dress with the front sections unclipping from the straps to reveal a modest inner bodice with feeding access.

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One lovely things about the georgette we used as Sarah-Louise’s main fabric was it’s lightness and flow so the dress looked as lovely in motion or still.

Making Sarah-Louise’s dress

toile practice run fitting picture

Pictures from the ‘toile’ fitting or practice run.

ruching the georgette fabric on the stand

Creating the ruching for the front panels, lots and lots of pins on the stand!

fitting picture in partly made dress ivory silk chiffon

pictures in the partly made dress

beaded lace over bodice and train back fitting picturewaterhouse22 finished dress in final fitting custom

Final fitting pictures

hidden something blue strapless wedding dress

A hidden something blue on the wrist loop of the train.

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